Vincent Restaurant, Hackney

When I think of all-day dining I think of somewhere like Vincent, a large welcoming dining room with plenty of light and lots of lovely plants. This new eatery comes from the Sebright Arms team (the beloved East-End pub) who hope to cater for everyone at Vincent with a tasty all-day menu for eat-in or take-away, coffee & pastries for weekday breakfasts, and brunch classics for lazy weekend meals.


The light dining room is airy and spacious with a very high ceiling that houses pot plants on an unusual shelf. I can imagine it would provide the perfect work-space for local hipsters, or an ideal room for lunchtime work meetings and catch-ups. The concept is casual with a large menu board at the till from which you order.


The main menu is split into various categories: the ‘Buns & Toasted’, ‘Bowls’ and ‘Sides’. Immediately the menu seemed more appropriate for daytime grazing rather than a slap-up dinner. Concerned about catering for all dietary requirements there are notes offering gluten-free and dairy-free options. Most dishes seem to have a focus on grains and vegetables and Vincent are careful to get all their meat and eggs from High welfare, free range and British farms.

From the menu I would recommend trying the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Bun which is indulgent and delicious paired in a soft bread bap with aioli, lettuce and sweet mango pickle. From the bowl selection the Crispy Duck was my favourite… an aromatic salad with smoked hoisin, edamame, peach, pomegranate, fresh herbs and citrus dressing. It was a pleasant balance of sweet and sour flavours and was a filling and comforting lunch.


There were only two desserts on offer, so naturally we ordered one of each to try. The waffle, though paired with nice seasonal fruits and ice-cream, tasted shop-bought. The brownie arrived drenched in warm chocolate sauce and topped with vanilla ice-cream. It was decadent and delicious, but far too big for even the two of us to finish!


If you are in the area, Vincent is a great option for fine coffee (and latte art) or a tasty pastry… but they need to firm up the food menu a bit to make it worth travelling for.

More information and book a table at Vincent here.

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