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is the original Fashion”East”er having dared to delve far into the depths of East London long before the trendies arrived, over eight years ago. The restaurant is still going strong which can only be a testament that the team behind it not only know what they are doing, they do it well.

Located down a dark alley surrounded by warehouses, if you hadn’t visited before you’d definitely think you’d taken a wrong turn. Downstairs is the cabaret room where you’ll find a host of acts throughout the year and the pop up Gin Den serving bad ass cocktails (which unfortunately pops down at the end of Jan).

Upstairs decor wise the restaurant has managed to maintain its warehouse edgy feel whilst still feeling upmarket with a grand piano in the centre. But the main reason people flock here is for the food – the menu changes every month and features a selection of seasonal goodies. After filling our boots with warm, freshly baked bread we started with the Beetroot, walnuts and goats curd salad and the Pork, girolle and pistachio terrine, cornichons, melba toast. No complaints here, both dishes were well thought out, satisfying and a great taste of things to come.

For mains we sampled the Fish and Chips and Ray wing with capers and lemon burnt butter. We’d never tried Ray Wing before but for us this was the highlight of the meal – a soft piece of flaky fish served with juicy cooked lemon segments. Fish and Chips were equally as pleasing, a generous portion of non-greasy fried goodness served with pea puree and tartar sauce.

The dessert menu which features a selection of retro dishes is not to be missed…how can one resist Rice Pud, Lemon Trifle, Apple Crumble or Treacle Tart? We filled our faces with the thick and creamy rice pud and the sweet, sticky Treacle Tart.

We couldn’t fault Bistrotheque and its location only adds to the appeal by making it feel like an exclusive secret, although be warned most people are already in on it and booking is advised.

23-27 Wadeson Street, E2