Treves & Hyde have set up with a stellar line-up at hand. Chef George Tannock heads up the kitchen, Bartender Stefano Campigli serves up innovative cocktails and award-winning barista James Wise is leading the coffee shop downstairs. Each expert has put their creative touch on the Treves & Hyde offering to ensure that the food and drink served is of the best quality. And so it’s hardly surprising that this unusual little restaurant (upstairs in Aldgate East) is already garnering numerous positive reviews from London’s foodies, despite only opening a month or so ago.
I was impressed with the eatery before even tasting the food… the design is simple but stylish with plenty of green plants adding character to the otherwise quite industrial building. The floor to ceiling windows give plentiful light to the room while also displaying a rather bland city street view.
The succinct menu lists snacks, starters, mains, sides and desserts. There are just three or four choices for each, and yet we still struggled to decide which to choose when our waitress described each dish in tempting detail. In the end we decided to let the chef take charge and choose our fate. After sampling most of the recipes from the menu, I can now recommend my top picks…
To munch on (preferably with the ‘east quarter’ cocktail) order the Red Pepper Arancini, delicious fried rice balls which will perk up your appetite. From the starter section we loved the Asparagus with Egg Yolk, Morels and Wild Garlic – a great combination of seasonal spring ingredients. For main course don’t miss the legendary Grilled Lemon Verbena Chicken with Radish and Cucumber, which is tender and full of flavour thanks to the lengthy overnight soak in buttermilk. The Beef Brisket with Bacon Pudding and Marinda Tomato was also a hit, smoked downstairs in the restaurant’s smoker, it had a sensational rich flavour. Green Beans & Toasted Almonds are a simple but tasty side dish to pair with the meat mains.
There are only three desserts to choose from, naturally we tried all three. They are aimed to suit every diner’s sweet palate … but are dependent on your remaining appetite. Butterscotch creme caramel & Salted Popcorn is small but satisfying if you just want a tiny taste of something sweet. For something summery and refreshing, opt for the Gariguette Strawberries with Mango & Balsamic, or for a more substantial and rich dessert Valrhona Chocolate with Tarocco Orange & Pistachio is good.
After lunch head down to the hip cafe where you can order a perfectly poured flat white from James, who was recently crowned the winner of Coffee Masters London 2017.
I left Treves & Hyde feeling full, happy, and a little bit envious of those working in the offices so nearby.
More information and book a table at Treves & Hyde here.