Lexi and I have a mission, to work our way through the recent Michelin star restaurants, now most of the ones we’ll be going for will no doubt be from the Bib Gourmands list which is for the restaurants that offer 3 of courses for under £28 but for this evening we went for one of the new entries in the main list, Ellory.
Ellory’s head chef is Matthew Young who previously worked at Pidgin before opening up his own place in Hackney at the beginning of 2016. It sits at the bottom of Netil House, which in itself looks like an old office block and not exactly a place you’d expect for a new michelin starred restaurant. The menu is very reasonable and as with most places these days goes with the sharing concept, which suits me perfectly.
As I’d gone with Miss Tabasco herself our first offering was the whipped cod’s roe and chips with a pot of tabasco on the side. An unusual but lovely starter to get us going. The other two nibbles were the chorizo and bread.
Squid with tomato, aubergine and basil was next but probably my least favourite, rather large chunks of squid which made the dish hard to get through but nice flavours nonetheless. Crispy pork belly san choy bau was a real winner. Gorgeous meat nestled within a lettuce leaf with curried vegetables that gave a lovely kick.
Surprisingly for both of us carnivores the highlights from the evening came from the vegetarian options. Perfectly roasted carrots, ossau iraty and smoked almonds, so simple but executed perfectly. Unfortunately we scoffed the dish I loved the most before I could get a picture, but you’ll just need to go try it for yourself – chestnut mushroom, girolles, parmesan and egg yolk.
To send us home nicely we finished with the soft chocolate, hazelnut and caramel pudding, a regular at a few places these days but always a winner.
It was a lovely meal, very much for the locals as most of you may know it’s not the most glamorous of areas (although rapidly changing) but if you’re nearby definitely book in for a lovely relaxed meal with good food.