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Summary

Isaac McHale’s temple to “fine dining Shoreditch-style” sits in London’s culinary Top-5 nowadays, and his “theatrically presented” 5-course and 10-course menus offer “an absolute balance between sophistication, simplicity, and creativity”. The space itself within the fine old town hall is “a bit urban-ascetic” (no table cloths, of course), but is “not too archly hipster” and the “relaxed yet professional service” creates an appropriately “chilled out” yet “truly memorable” experience. Very progressively, there’s a “brilliant non-alcoholic drink match” alongside the more conventional wine pairings.

£108
Exceptional
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Beyond amazing!!!!” Isaac McHale’s “playful” and “exquisitely crafted” cuisine provides one of London’s best trendy gastronomic experiences. Despite the hipster street cred of this “slightly sparse and echoey” chamber inside Shoreditch’s fine old town hall, staff are “attentive and not overbearing”, but the “pay-in-advance policy” can seem “irritating”.

£95
Exceptional
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Deserving its many awards” – this groovy pop-up-turned-permanent in Shoreditch’s fine old town hall wins kudos for its “incredibly interesting” cuisine, “perfectly matched” wines and “casual” approach. The setting can seem “Spartan” though, service is a little “earnest” and to some diners “the new ticketing system for reservations smacks of hubris”.

£95
Very Good
Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“All the hype is worth it!”, say fans of this “foodie hipster heaven” – a “highly professional” pop-up-turned-permanent, in Shoreditch’s “beautiful” (“if noisy”) old town hall; the “eclectic” menu “may look bizarre, but it works splendidly”, though portions are rather “small”.

£70
Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair
9.30 pm
40
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London, EC1V 9LT
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Opening hours
Monday6 pm-10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
Friday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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