Bistro East

I went to Bistroteque at the weekend. Hidden down a backstreet in the depths of Bethnal Green, Bistroteque is a veritable foodie haven, not to mention minimal marvel for all who enter.

Housed within a repurposed warehouse, there is nothing to indicate Bistroteque is anything other than just that until you notice that it’s been recently painted and there’s some elegant lighting over the entrance-way. The staircases are still paint-splattered and suitably rough around the edges, it’s only upon entering the main dining/bar area (up 2 flights of stairs) do you realise you’re in a stylish mecca favoured by the trendies of the east.

Having recently opened Shrimpy’s in Kings Cross, in some ways the focus has moved away from the original Tom Collins restaurant, however with a newly revamped Manchichi bar and a mouthwatering selection of cocktails on the menu – think passion-fruit caipirinhas to name, but a few..this still has a special and undiscovered feel to it.

Stepping away from the bar and into the dining area, complete with starched tablecloths and grand piano, you can indulge in modern european treats of dorset crab and steak tartate. However, what caught my eye was the ‘Hot fromage!’ – so exciting it has an exclamation mark next to the name in the menu and the pudding drinks which included the ever-popular Espresso Martini and lesser known ‘Silk Stocking.’

All in all, a great place for dinner with friends or alternatively sit at the bar and work your way through a plate of oysters. However, I’m intending on coming back for new favourite meal! Yum.

23–27 Wadeson Street
London E2 9DR

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