Since working in the Liverpool Street area I have been lucky enough to have Shoreditch right next door to me. Shoreditch has the modern tag of being “hipster” because its young, vibrant and possibly the coolest place to go to right now. There is a great buzz within area and it boasts some great restaurants and pubs where food and drink is aplenty.
There is one particular pub in the back streets called the Princess of Shoreditch. The atmosphere in the lower grounds of the pub is electric wherer you cant get a word in edgeways and the liquor is always flowing.
Upstairs however is the restaurant and there is a clear notable difference in atmosphere. As soon as you go through a set of doors and take a walk up the spiral staircase you emerge into a quaint and quiet little dining area.
You wouldn’t think that the restaurant was part of the pub downstairs. The décor is impressive containing massive late 19th/early 20th century portraits and chandeliers.
The menu changes seasonally and is priced at a very good rate especially being in the heart of London. For two people having two courses and a bottle of wine, you are looking at around £80-£90.
The dishes we ordered were:
- Smoked haddock & salmon fishcake, poached egg, béarnaise sauce
- Rabbit rillette, cornichons and toast
- Sirloin Steak with double cooked chips with a side of seasonal green vegetables
- Belly of pork, braised cheek, black pudding and cider jus.
The fishcakes were full of flavour and the potato was light and fluffy. The smokiness of the haddock was immediately lifted with the help of the creamy béarnaise sauce. The poached egg was cooked perfectly with the yolk seeping out onto the cake. I could have easily had two.
We didn’t have to wait too long for our mains and they both equally looked amazing and appetising. My steak was cooked the way I wanted (rare) and it had bags of flavour where it had been aged over a period of time.
Not only that, it was succulent and juicy and where it had been chargrilled it just took it to another level. It was by far one of the best steaks I have eaten.
The belly of pork and braised cheek was exceptional. The pork was moist and the cheek just fell apart after being cooked for hours, slowly in stock.
The dishes were beautifully presented, exceptionally tasty and moreoever the staff in the kitchen and front of house offered excellent service. . I wouldn’t hesitate to come here again.
No wonder the Princess of Shoreditch has been mentioned in the Michelin guide and various publications, it is part of East London royalty.