ri’fekSHon | noun
- A reinvigorating, light meal.
- The practice of eating of partly digested fecal pellets, mostly by rabbits.
One of these two definitions has inspired Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali, the duo behind both the eminent 10 Greek Street and equally venerable 8 Hoxton Square, in their takeover of the cafe space at The Whitechapel Gallery. We’ll let you figure out which.
And just to add to all the refection, they’re staying open later at the end of the week to run a low-key, after-hours wine bar. They’re calling it “After Hours.”
The daytime stint is all about relaxed cafe eating, with cold foods ready to serve from the counter as well as an a la carte menu with hot dishes from the kitchen. The former range from sandwiches like the Hoxton smoked trout with horseradish and watercress, to the butternut squash, goat’s cheese and lentil salad, while the latter includes more warm and hearty offerings like a mutton, olive and rosemary casserole with fresh bread, or chorizo and potato tortilla. And, just like their other two eateries, there’s a strong focus on seasonality and local produce, resulting in a rapidly changing menu.
Come the evening, however, the food will shift to an enoteca-style spread of homemade bread, terrines and cheese boards to complement the craft beer selection and extensive wine list – which, naturally will involve occasional appearances from the team’s Little Black Book, with the odd bottle of rarer wines, alongside the rarer bottles of odd wine.
If you’ve got the bottle to try them.
NOTE: The Whitechapel Refectory opens 17th January and will be open Tuesday – Sunday with lates running Thurs-Sat.
The Whitechapel Refectory | 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX
Like your food with art on the side? Try Sardine from Stevie Parle’s protege Alex Jackson at Parasol.