EartH Kitchen | Hackney Restaurant
Food in cinemas.
It’s about to be promoted above the kernel.
And it’s all thanks to EartH Kitchen (which – to explain the capitalisation – stands for Evolutionary arts Hackney), which will be opening up in of a former Art Deco cinema in East London in mid January next year. It’s going to mark a collaboration between the former executive chef of St. John, Chris Gillard, and Auro Foxcroft, who founded the cultural hub that is Village Underground.
The restaurant space will be found in the lobby of the cinema, which as it turns out, is on the first floor and can house up to 150 people. So, not too cramped. Crittal windows will look out onto Kingsland Road, and a sculptural mirrored ceiling will sweep down over the room, with polished plaster walls and accents of bright colour provided by melamine-topped tables.
Foodwise, there’s a focus on simplicity, and autumnal earthiness for the opening menu, which till include the likes of griddled mackerel with beetroot & horseradish; or pork & duck rillettes with cornichons and toast. For something larger, there’s griddled ox heart with chips and house ketchup; a tender slow-roast lamb breast with pickled raisins and mint; and vegan dishes including crispy polenta with roast carrots, fennel, radicchio and salsa verde. Chris will also dish up his take on traditional tarts and puddings, such as his steamed ginger pudding with marmalade butterscotch & vanilla ice cream.
The theatre space itself will be used for live gigs, with a planned lineup including everything from from raucous Thursday jazz nights to low-key Sunday DJ sets. And it’ll all be helped along bu the cocktail bar, which will be helmed by another former St John man: bar manager Toni Castillo, who’ll mix up classic cocktails and pour European-focused wines.
Sounds like it’s going to be a blockbuster.
NOTE: EartH Kitchen is due to open in mid January 2019. We’ll be back with the full scoop when it does. In the meantime, you can check out their website right HERE.
EartH | 11-17 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BH
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