Lana and I went for brunch today at a place she's been raving about for years. Hidden in a former clothing factory in Hackney, the entrance is totally unmarked. Parking directly outside the front door we headed in, past what is now a private dining room, which apparently used to be a drag performance space. Sad that's gone.
The interiors are the kind of gorgeous shabby chic that comes from maintaining some of the features as found in the original warehouse space, while upgrading the rest to give a luxe edge.
Scuffed concrete floors offset the glossy white tiled walls to create space, large windows with the original factory glass light up the dining area, and smartly dressed attentive staff buzzed around the bar and dining area. A pianist plays modern standards on a grand piano which displays the most exuberant bouquet of flowers in a vase.
The menu is British classics done well, and as we were there for brunch we had half a dozen West Mersea Rock Oysters to start (£2.50 each). They were so good, definitely the best oysters I've had in a while. Then on to avocado on toast, served with a poached egg, onions and sriracha sauce (£9) for me, chorizo, cornbread with a poached egg, sweetcorn and corriander (£11.50) for Lana.
Drinks were Bellinis (£9), with fresh tasting peach puree. Desert was adorable and delicious lemon tartlett served with creme fraiche (£7). Panna Cotta is the one item on a menu (along with oysters) that I just can't refuse, and this rhubarb and pistachio number (£6.50) did not disappoint.