At the far east end of Hackney rd, sits a beautiful building from 1910 known as the Townhall Hotel. Inside this hotel you will find an elegant bar, restaurant and plenty of designer rooms. This is the place where you will find Viajante and the Corner Room, owned and run by chef Nuno Mendes.
Down on the left is Viajante, one of London’s reputable fine-diners. However, if like me your more about good food without the fine dining i’d highly suggest the Corner Room. To get there you need to walk through most of the building letting you get a good look at the place. The designers here have done some good work, with quirky little touches that add an eclectic feel to the stunning ‘art deco’ hotel.
Upstairs and to the right sits the Corner Room. Perfect in size for an informal, enjoyable and relaxed dining room the area is dressed in timber and soft lighting. The menu is simple, with only a few selections for each course and a small description such as the Cod with “Portuguese” XO & coriander porridge. However upon speaking to a waiter (or tasting these dishes) you’ll realize that the Corner Room is anything but simple. I’d say more humble. Each dish we tasted was creatively and perfectly put together, both visually and to taste. The Front of house team were professional and friendly and everyone in the room seemed to have caught upon the relaxed and enjoyable vibes.
With prices that won’t badly set you back, Corner Room doesn’t need to be saved for a special occasion (although it is) and if your experience is anything like ours, you’ll be sitting at the table trying to arrange a time you can come back next week.
Pariot Square, Bethnal Green, London. U.K.