Shep’s | East London Korean Bar/Restaurant
There’s been a lack of good, modern, understated Korean-inspired cocktail bar/restaurants in East London.
But thankfully, one place has taken it upon itself to Shep up.
It comes to us from James ‘Shep’ Shepherd, and you’ll find it on one of the busier stretches of the Kingsland Road. Inside, the space has parquet flooring and a fluorescent ceiling sandwiching a neat blend of Art Deco & cyberpunky touches. Here’s what to expect if you pull up a stool at their concrete bar…
Given their Korean lilt, it’s no surprise that you’ll find soju on the menu, but they don’t press that button too hard. The cocktail menu (which rotates every month) only occasionally integrates East Asian ingredients – which means you can expect drinks like the kimchee Bloody Mary & the Soju Cooler, alongside Old Fashioned-esque numbers like the Rocky Racoon which blends whiskey & Old Tawny port.
Things start small with chargrilled oysters with chilli & ginger butter, or some puffed pigs skin with togarashi salt. The mains then stretch from kimchi fried rice with cured egg yolk & pork jowl; to grilled onglet with smoked onions & doenjang sauce; to some dashi-braised mushrooms with mash puree. And for dessert? You can always get a spiced poached pear with miso ice cream and buckwheat praline.
All in all… this place is a Shep in the right direction.
NOTE: Shep’s is open now. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Shep’s | 392 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AA
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