The Frog E1 | Spitalfields Restaurant
Adam Handling has done a lot in his career as a chef. He’s been a finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals, won the Scottish Chef of The Year, written a cookbook, launched his own line of olive oil, and headed the kitchen at the award-winning Caxton Grill.
In fact, the only thing he hasn’t done is open his own restaurant.
The Frog E1 is the pioneering first of an ambitious salvo of new restaurants Handling has planned over the next few years; it’s the first “jump” in his master plan, hence the name. (Seriously).
Perched just outside Spitalfields Market, the place itself is light and airy thanks to a huge, plant-loaded, open veranda dominating the entrance, while the interior is filled with mismatched furnishings scattered over a polished concrete floor, artwork from the London College of Art, and an “urban cultivator” incubating fresh, indoor-grown herbs for the kitchen & bar.
The ever-rotating menu is characteristically ambitious, with Handling signatures like his Beetroot, Beetroot and More Beetroot (that’s candied beetroot stuffed with a beetroot mousse and a beetroot gel covered with beetroot dust), and his crab doughnuts (lightly fried and filled with white meat – Jay Rayner loves them), alongside new dishes like roast hake with limestone potatoes, and a “nitro tiramisu” which explodes into an ice-cold fog on the table.
The bar, meanwhile, is serving all-organic classic cocktails mixed with house-label gin (made for the restaurant by the fine people at Portobello Road Gin), plus house-brewed kombucha, and an ever-changing lineup of craft beers from the folks at BrewDog, which can be paired to the five-course, daily changing tasting menu.
NOTE: The Frog E1 is open Tuesday-Saturday, for lunch and dinner. You can book a table either by heading here, or emailing Bookings@TheFrogRestaurant.com.
ALSO NOTE: The Frog has a brand new pad over in Covent Garden. Find out more HERE.
The Frog E1 | 2 Ely’s Yard, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
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