Sitting snugly on a corner of Columbia Road this unassuming restaurant is sibling to perennial fine dining favourite “Terroirs”. Despite spending an absurd amount of time walking up and down Kingsland Road and Regent’s Canal area a few years ago I had never actually walked past this place. And yes to all those out there asking the question, neither have I ever been to Columbia Road Flower Market! Anyway, the restaurant has a simple whitewashed decor, with a lean towards the “trendy-hip-east-end” vibe about it.
Nibbles aside my meal started with this Crab Celeriac Remoulade. Celeriac is not something I’ve tried before but I know it has a lighter and sweeter taste compared to celery. Whilst I’m not much of a fan of celery I’m definitely a fan of celeriac! This dish was fresh, creamy and had subtle hints of the celeriac. The addition of crab worked well to give more bite and substance to this dish without masking the celeriac. I think this would be a great choice pared with a meatier main.
Hence my lamb main! It came perfectly pink with a good crispness to the skin. Who can resist a hearty dish of tender red meat and a serving of mash! Nothing fancy about a perfectly cooked piece of meat, it speaks for itself.
Desert came in the form of Panna Cotta, Campari and Orange, one I believe they are quite famous for and I completely understand why, it’s probably the best Panna Cotta I’ve had. The Panna Cotta was incredibly smooth and velvety; definitely my kind of desert. The accent of Campari and orange also cut through the dish so it wasn’t too decadent; though I would be happy to glug down that Panna Cotta all day!
Overall Brawn serves simple dishes executed perfectly. I can’t imagine a lazy Spring Sunday better than a stroll around Columbia Road Flower Market and lunch at Brawn.
Address: 49 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, E2 7RG
Telephone: 0207 729 5692
Mind The Gap:
Mon: 6pm – 11pm
Tues – Sat: 12pm – 3pm. 6pm – 11pm
Sun: 12pm – 4pm
Panda ate, shot and left.