Saturday, 13 April 2013


Bistrotheque definitely doesn't hold much promise from the outside and was quite the challenge to find. To get there you have to walk down a rather non described residential street just off Mare street in the middle of Hackney and then make sure to not to actually walk past it, Bistrotheque with no sign just a simple white frontage.Once however you have managed to find it and walk down the steps to the main restaurant space, passing on the way a rather captivating pink neon light, it  was one of the most unexpected, beautifully designed restaurant spaces I have eaten at with great food to match. Kept in white, the light flooded room has a minimalist yet welcoming feel, little touches like the piano, fresh flowers and low hanging lights showing an incredible attention to detail that made me want to linger around for hours, watch the array of diners and absorb the great atmosphere. The menu is an eclectic mix of French and British classics like steak tartare or the wonderful fish and chips I tried on this occasion ( incidentally my first fish & chips after nearly 9 years of living in England). They also have a great 3 course deal if you dine before 7:30 (£17) which I will definitely return for soon and despite Bistrotheque not being cheap it proved to be one of the most refreshing dinners I have had in a while. A great place to go for a special occasion or to impress a friend, Bistrotheque was worth the getting a little lost for.