Boiler and Co. is a space that wears many hats:
In the morning, it’s a coffee shop.
In the afternoon, it’s a restaurant.
In the evening it’s a cocktail bar.
And in the moments when you need a refined tasting menu served in a distinctly unfussy and casual space? They serve refined tasting menus served in a distinctly unfussy and casual space.
When Boiler & Co first opened, these duties were handled by the excellent Kerth Gumbs, who set the tone with a mightily impressive six month stint in the kitchen. Now that he’s returned to his native Anguilla, he’s passed the baton to chef Jitin Joshi, who just so happens to have worked with some of the best culinary minds in the world – including shadowing Jason Atherton as a pastry chef at Maze while it won a Michelin Star, Atul Kochhar at Benares while it won a Michelin Star (noticing a trend?) and most recently at Gymkhana while it… won a Michelin Star. And he shares in Kerth’s belief that fine-dining should be freed from the unforgiving fetters of classical cuisine. So there are no white tablecloths here, and no ominously hovering waiters.
In fact, the whole venue straddles the line between casual and formal – the sleekly modern space is darkly dressed with cool concrete floors, pebble grey walls, and flashes of industrial brass & copper, and is right next to a buzzing bar, whose heady atmosphere spills out into the dining area. It’s all overlooked by floor-to-ceiling windows looking out into the street, which flood the place with light during the day.
Joshi’s tasting menu is called ‘The Full Circle’, and flits deftly between countries with each course. The UK treats you to a little torched mackerel with a tomato relish before you’re introduced to New Zealand’s spiced lamb with manuka honey, and Malaysia’s crisp soft-shell crab with a lip-smacking chilli & garlic sauce. Things get really inventive with the carbonara arancini with ‘smoke gel’ and salted egg yolk, before capping off with a medjool date & pecan cake from the Middle East, topped with edible 24ct gold. Best of all? The whole menu’s been designed tightly in tandem with the bar, so you can plump for a creative drinks pairing including curry leaf daiquiris and Pecorino boulevardiers.
Hats off to the bar team.
NOTE: Boiler & Co is open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday. You can find out more, and make a booking at the website right HERE.
Boiler & Co. | Blue Fin Building, 5 Canvey St, SE1 9AN
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