Put Nest on your list of restaurants to visit in Hackney. This cute eatery opened up just before Christmas on Morning Lane in East London. It is the first restaurant from three lifelong friends, Johnnie, Luke and Toby, who all have a passion for showcasing the best British produce.
Johnnie is found behind the stove (in the tiny kitchen). Having previously worked at the Harwood Arms and Anglo, he has solid experience behind him and is clearly more than capable of creating and cooking his own menu. Luke and Toby manage front of house, hosting, serving and matching wines for discerning diners.
The no fuss menu is listed on a blackboard on the restaurant wall; a seasonal display that changes constantly dependant on what produce and ingredients are available. We tried a selection of dishes to share, but I recommend visiting with an appetite and opting for the 7 course set menu, which at £28 is an absolute bargain.
Highlights from our lunch at Nest included a comforting bowl of Squash, rosemary and goat’s cheese, and the Onion broth with Lincolnshire Poacher Dumplings – a totally unique dish with a deeply flavoured broth filled with tiny cheesy delights. Every plate was beautifully presented, the Trout with potato and daikon is a work of art, light fish dish with a fresh elegance. My guest particularly enjoyed the Mutton steamed pudding with cockles and seaweed, a hearty winter recipe which was infused with subtle tastes of the sea.
We finished our meal with Nest’s take on a bread and butter pudding… a magical mix of sourdough ice-cream, textured crumb and sweet sugary caramel sauce. A lovely palate cleanser and a clever interpretation of a classic British pudding.
Nest is not particularly easy to get to, but when you do reach the restaurant you’ll be rewarded with special food, an inventive wine list, and genuinely warm and friendly service.
More information and book a table at Nest here.