Cornerstone

Learning his seafood trade in his native Cornwall before joining his mentor Nathan Outlaw in Knightsbridge, Tom Brown’s first solo venture in Hackney Wick, named after an Arctic Monkeys song, is all the rage. Set in a bright new build, decorated fashionably low-key in black and wood with the family clock: it’s the ultimate gastrocool spot.

The sea-centered menu by the rising chef is brilliant, supported by a super attentive service: peppy pickled oyster, celery and horseradish; amazing fleshy gurnard cured in almond milk, crunchy almonds, yoghurt, grapes and sherry vinegar; already cult potted shrimp crumpet, kohlrabi and gherkins… Save room for a light finish with the pineapple and passion fruit pavlova.

Valentine Benoist

THE SPOT TO KNOW

Bar

WHEN TO GO

Lunchtime to secure a table

MUST-EAT

Cured gurnard

Snacks: £4-4.50
Plates: £5-20
Desserts: £10-12
Wine: glass from £6, bottle from £32

Tuesday 6-9pm
Wednesday-Saturday 12-2pm and 6-9pm

Reservation

3 Prince Edward Road
London E9 5LX

+44 (0)20 8986 3922

Hackney Wick
Homerton
Stratford