Having a former Popham’s staff member is always a good start when you’re opening a new restaurant.
Having two is basically cheating.
So Eline is going to be starting with a deck fairly well-stacked in its flavour, because the show runners – messers Alex Reynolds and Maria Viviani – both met while manning pans & filling wine glasses at Hackney’s vaunted carbohydrate paradise.
When it opens, you’ll find it in the fancy new Rosewood Building over in Hoxton, where it sits a few minutes walk in various directions from bars like TT Liquor, cultural hotpots like The Museum of the Home, and other restaurants like Morito. All in all, not bad company. The idea is to keep the vibes very French (it’s named after Alex’s late French grandma), with a whole load of cross-Channel produce, wines, and dishes.
Alex will be in charge of the menu, which he’s planning on filling with the likes of heritage pork with barigoule artichokes (they’re braised in wine & stock, and it’s delicious) & bacon fat crisps; some venison tartare with pickled celeriac & smoked hazelnuts; and a show-stopping religeuse (it’s a double-stacked choux bun) with peanut gianduja & banana ice cream. Maria, meanwhile, will be complimenting all of this food with wine from small-scale producers across Europe. There’ll even be a couple of British numbers in there. And you’ll be able to buy it all from the wine shop.
Oh yes, there’s going to be a wine shop, too.
NOTE: Eline opens on 5th October, and we’ll be back then with the full scoop. Bookings are open now – you can make yours here.
Rosewood Building, Gorsuch Pl, E2 8HU
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