If you’re looking for a no frills, casual and relaxed environment, then BRAT fits the profile perfectly. There’s no pretentiousness, no showing off, just fantastic food and drink.
The restaurant lies upstairs, right above acclaimed restaurant Smoking Goat and the space is adorned with an open bar and kitchen. A roaring wood fire oven crackling with glowing embers dominates as well as a beast of a grill beside it, where just a few chefs calmly go about their business producing food with a lot of a care and attention. Its just sharing plates, mains and desserts and there’s more than a decent selection to feast your eyes on.
The best thing about BRAT is that they use simple ingredients amazingly well. Take the young leeks, just charred on the grill and placed delicately on a bed of luscious, creamy burrata and the pea dish, you can’t get more fresh and clean. They’re given just a slight grill and served without any work done to them at all. Just like edamame beans, they’re moreish and with a pinch of sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil, they’re gone in a split second. For something a little meatier BRAT’S pork and laverbread (seaweed) salami is a nice little bitesize snack, gorgeously fatty and their steak tartare, although lacked a bit of heat made up for it with it’s ant size pieces of crunchy sourdough for that added bite.
The bigger plates is where BRAT takes centre stage making full use of the wood fire oven and grill and although we didn’t have any fish on the night, the meat was superb. A juicy, sexy, flavoursome beef chop is just grilled to mouth watering levels and the best bit is obviously the little chunks of fat on the end of the pink slices of meat. An extra order of grilled sourdough bread accompanied with a super smooth, creamy and rich, whipped burnt onion butter is a must to mop up that all important meat juice. Its worth ordering just for the butter itself.
The burnt baked cheesecake with sweet ripened peaches on the side dressed with a simple stock syrup will finish things off nicely after a polished meal.
BRAT is a brilliant tidy little restaurant serving and showcasing British food at its best. The service is on point and the front of house team tend to guests with attentive enthusiasm . A quirky and funky chop house, BRAT certainly dresses to impress.
First Floor, 4 Redchurch Street, London E1 6JL
Tues – Weds
12.00 – 15.00,
18.00 – 22.00
Thurs – Sat
12.00 – 15.00,
18.00 – 23.00
12.00 – 17.00