The first half of the word ‘Shoreditch’ makes it sounds like a great place for seafood.
The other, not so much.
But Goddard & Gibbs is here to try and shore up the credentials of the neighbourhood’s briny offerings, taking up residence in the all new 100 Shoreditch Hotel. It’s moving into the space left by the former Ace Hotel on Shoreditch High Street, and it’s bringing a collection of half a dozen new cocktail bars, restaurants, and coffee shops with it (including the new Mr Lyan cocktail spot, no less). But the shiniest jewel in that jewel-laden crown is, without doubt, Goddard & Gibbs.
Unless you’re coming in via the hotel itself you’ll enter via the high street, where the space proudly announces itself with bright yellow awnings dangling over floor-to-ceiling windows. After passing through a chic little wine bar area, you’ll make your way into the restaurant space itself and be instantly struck by the sight of what can only be described as a giant yellow, er, thing (okay, if pressed for more accuracy, one could call it a large-format geometrically abstract sculpture). It’s surrounded by midcentury furnishings, pinstriped wooden walls, and textured paintings casting scattered shadows from the lights above. All in all, it’s quite lovely.
The food is all put together by chef Thomas Moore (formerly of Ormer in Mayfair), and they’re quite keen to emphasise their sustainability efforts, sourcing everything they can from small-scale, ethical suppliers around the country. What that translates to is a raw bar filled with oysters, scallops, and zesty Bloody Mary prawn cocktails, and starters like Dorset crab with kohlrabi and radish salad, or some rather inventive crisp sardine sausage rolls with cauliflower purée. Following that, the larger dishes include delicate skate wings with spring greens, gigantic hake Kievs bursting with brown shrimp butter, and whole grilled lobsters with chips.
The seafood ends at the dessert menu, but you can still get yourself a fried doughnut with malt ice cream & miso-caramel, or some poached rhubarb with bay leaf custard. And of course, there’s that wine bar out the front too…
…if you fancy getting your sea legs.
NOTE: Goddard & Gibbs is open now. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Goddard & Gibbs | 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ
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