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“Amazing value top end food”
Review of The Corner Room

The Corner Room
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Ranked #2,352 of 24,254 Restaurants in London
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: East End / East London
Reviewed 12 June 2014

i love love love this place. Never seen so many exciting colours and flavours together, done in such an unpretentious and genuinely enthusiastic way. Staff really friendly and knowledgeable. Dinner is very expensive (but well worth it for a treat). Set lunch for £23 is unbelievably good value - it ends up costing not much less than this in all of those bland, mid-range rip-offs like Zizzi and Ask, and it's cheaper than many snotty gastropubs.

2  Thank 64Travail
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Had breakfast there as stayed in the townhall hotel.Nearly half food gone waste. Too fancy menu for me, I would prefer normal bacon sausages n eggs. Decor is nice and comfy.

Thank Lillian C
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

The naked emperor's tailor would love The Corner Room. From the Art Deco lobby to the industrial Ercol furnishings and the heavy array of hanging lights, the aesthetic elements of this restaurant were individually excellent and flawless in combination. The food also looked wonderful, delicate compositions of unnaturally bright colours and artful shapes.

The taste however was diabolical. The worst dish was a nauseating green paste dusted with brown onion powder and stuck with eight small radishes (far too few to dispose of all the paste). It was at once bitter and buttery, with a pungent aftertaste that would not fade. A plate of mushrooms tasted nothing like mushrooms apart from a second green paste which was very mushrooms indeed. We were without irony served a miscellany of boiled turnips, including one that tasted like a fish. There was an egg cooked we learned for 30 minutes to ensure a complete absence of texture or taste. There was a small piece of salmon left to age for 12 hours by some unspecified but obviously damaging way. And every dish was sprinkled with tiny fried breadcrumbs, which may have been the highlight.

If you mistake this for edible food it can only be because, like the crowd watching the naked emperor, your senses and judgment have temporally failed you.

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4  Thank DanielGoodkin
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Make sure one of your party has a smartphone to hand when you eat here. You'll need it to look up at least one of the ingredients on the menu and you'll be forgiven for suspecting that some of the herbs are scavenged from the local park. A commitment to seasonal food can be taken a bit too far.

The menu is confusing, maybe wilfully so, or maybe that is what serious foodies appreciate. Apparently it's set out by portion size - small, medium and large - and made for sharing. Some very fine mackerel arrived promptly. Four small pieces for about £8. It's not quite a tasting menu but the gorgeous pork arrived with a couple of anorexic carrots and something that may have been quinoa. Very tasty but more decorative than filling. My companion found the beef on the fatty side, though I liked its flavour and texture.

The wine was so so and the chocolate dessert came with lovage ice cream. That's when the phone came in handy.

The lunch menu looked less bewildering but it'll be a while before we're back.

If you're tempted to have a drink in the bar downstairs it's best to have a look at the menu. You have to wonder about a drink called "Scottish porn star" and the hip hop background music was slightly incongruous.

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Thank ErnestLondo
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Elegant restaurant hidden away from the city 1 stop from Liverpool street station and only a short walk from Bethnal Green. The set menu for lunch was good value at £19 (2 courses) or £23 (3 courses) and it included most of the regular menu options along with a decent portion of free breads. It was a quiet but un-pretentious atmosphere and the food was delicious. Portion sizes aren't huge, but not tiny either, and if it's quality rather than quantity you are after then the Corner Room is good option. The staff were friendly, not annoyingly attentive, but were quickly ready to help as soon as you looked over and motioned for assistance. I had the scallop entree (amazing) and cod for a main (very good), and my wife had the lamb which was also good. We shared the chocolate mousse for dessert but probably could have gone one each. £58 for 2 courses + and a shared dessert, 2 drinks and 2 bottles of sparkling water (including 12.5% service). Would definitely go back.

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