Being into sustainability, Doug McMaster likes to reuse or repurpose as much as possible.
He even recycles his restaurants.
Case in point: he’s just moved his acclaimed zero-waste Brighton restaurant, Silo, into a beautiful East London warehouse at CRATE Brewery (who he’s partnering up with), overlooking the canal in Hackney Wick.
Ascend its cast iron staircase and what awaits you is a stunning, laid-back eatery that combines a Bauhaus aesthetic with an enormous double-height ceiling, industrial warehouse-style windows and bare, whitewashed walls. And of course, everything’s been designed with sustainability in mind – the crockery’s made from recycled glass; the dining counters are all upcycled plastic; even the lampshades are made from a kind of mushroom. The beating heart of the place, however, is the dark, wood-panelled open kitchen, alive with activity and a roaring live-fire grill, and encircled by the best seats in the house.
Come here for dinner, and you can pick and choose from a frequently changing menu of innovative dishes – or, you can plump for the five-course tasting menu. You know, just to help reduce waste. That might include the likes of preserved tomato with Mexican marigold and aged cheese; pink fir potatoes with caramelised whey and kale treacle; cuttlefish with white kimchi; or dairy cow, cooked over the fire and served with celeriac and aged buttermilk. You can go for the drinks pairing to match: a colourful procession of simple cocktails designed to act ‘more like wine’ and complement, rather than distract from, the dishes. But if you don’t want to get too wasted either, there’s also a number of ferments, brewed in-house from leftover herbs and ingredients.
On weekends the doors are open for brunch, serving coddled eggs with blood pudding and kimchi; baked aubergine with Silo’s own yoghurt; Full Englishes with vegan bacon; and freshly baked pastries with quince.
And with every dish under a tenner…
… your brunch habit’s now sustainable, too.
NOTE: Silo is open for dinner Tues-Sat (6-10pm), and brunch (10am-3pm) on weekends. You can find out more, and book a table, HERE.
Silo | Unit 7, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN
Want a closer look at CRATE Brewery? Head on over to one of their tours.