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 weird capitalisation – stands for Evolutionary arts Hackney), that’s opened in a former Art Deco cinema in East London. It’s marking 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 is set 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 look out onto Kingsland Road, and a sculptural curved ceiling sweeps down over the room, with polished plaster walls and accents of colour provided by retro melamine-topped tables.
Foodwise, there’s a focus on simplicity and autumnal earthiness for the opening menu, which includes the likes of griddled mackerel with beetroot & horseradish; and 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 is also dishing up his take on traditional tarts and puddings, such as his steamed ginger pudding with marmalade butterscotch & vanilla ice cream.
The theatre space itself is now used for live gigs, with a lineup including everything from raucous Thursday jazz nights to low-key Sunday DJ sets. It’s all helped along by the cocktail bar, helmed by another former St John man: bar manager Toni Castillo, who’s mixing up classic cocktails and pouring European-focused wines.
It’s going to be a blockbuster.
NOTE: EartH Kitchen is now open daily. You can find out more, and book, on their website right HERE.
EartH | 11-17 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BH
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