There’s a good reason that Gabriel Waterhouse hasn’t won any Michelin Stars yet.
And it’s because to earn them – or virtually any other award you care to mention – you need a restaurant.
Well, now that last little niggle has been remedied thanks to The Water House Project. After years of pop up supperclubs in an east London tile warehouse where he honed his art, refined his recipes, and squirrelled away the cash necessary to self-finance this entire venture, he’s finally opened a permanent spot. And it couldn’t come soon enough, because the food is fantastically good.
The space he’s chosen is perched on the waterside overlooking the Regent’s Canal. It’s quite intimate, and deliberately so. As with his supperclubs, the idea is to create a less formalised dining experience, with a truly open kitchen a few yards from the tables (a snappy design by London-based firm Hi-Spec Design), and dishes stacked on the shelves. Oh, and about those tables: there are just two of them, each long enough to fit just over a dozen people a pop. It almost feels more like a dinner party than a restaurant, in all the best ways.
That feeling is only deepened by the menu, which certainly is not a traditional a la carte where you get to, you know, choose. Each evening Gabriel personally mans the kitchen, and serves a set, 9-course tasting menu, all bookended with cocktails & digestifs. Dishes rotate seasonally, but things are kicking off with numbers including some of his black treacle sourdough with whipped butters; St Austell mussels with fermented artichoke & preserved lemon; chestnut & balsamic risotto with hazelnuts, thyme and brown butter; chocolate ganache with sage sorbet; and Talisker whisky ice cream encased in a dome of toasted meringue.
And that’s just a few of the many creatively tasty courses that will be served up, paired with a procession of delicious wines. After dinner you can enjoy a nightcap and chat to your fellow diners, or even Gabriel himself, who’ll be introducing dishes and mingling with guests throughout.
He’s a Star in the making.
NOTE: The Water House Project is open for dinner from Thurs-Sat. Tickets cost £90 for 9 courses paired with 6 wines, plus a cocktail on arrival. You can get them, and see the full menu right HERE.
The Water House Project | 3 Mare Street, E8 4RP
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