Bistrotheque was absolutely buzzing on a Sunday afternoon. For a pretty hidden restaurant in a converted warehouse with no sign or whatsoever on the entrance, it has definitely done something right to be so busy. The first time I was here long time ago, I remember walking up and down the street not knowing where the entrance was. Even after asking the very few people who walked pass, no one knew until I somehow followed my gut to find my way up.
The lively restaurant has an open kitchen, a bar with seating surrounding it and a spacious dining area with hanging lights.
It was nice that there was a grand piano in the dining area and the beautiful tunes the pianist played throughout the day, filled the room with grace. It certainly enhanced the dining experience.
Even though we did not make any reservation and the restaurant was fully booked, we were swiftly showed to be seated by the bar which we did not mind at all. I actually liked it, as we get to see what goes on behind the scene and had direct view of the open kitchen. I have to report back that no apparent kitchen chaos has been spotted.
The Bloody Mary here was good and had a real kick with enough spice, unlike the killer Nasty Mary I had in Mumbai
Believe it or not, both my male dining companions ordered the mini burger with chips on the side for brunch while I ordered a main of steak tartar with chips and salad! Men these days must be feeling the dieting pressure as well it seems.
Steak tartar with chips and salad
I was well pleased with my steak tartar which I was told is one of the most popular dish of the restaurant. Although I really enjoyed it, I thought it was quite a large portion for me as it got cloying after getting through about half of the plate.
The Open Kitchen
After a few pleasant experience here, I am looking forward to their new restaurant, Hoi Polloi at Ace Hotel in Shoreditch.