Bistrotheque has long been on Ramez’s list of places to visit, he just never had a reason to make the journey to Cambridge Heath.
Where is Cambridge Heath you ask? Just east of Shoreditch and north of Bethnal Green so not in the usual area you’re likely to visit unless you’re local.
Across the road from Cambridge Heath overground station and a ten-minute walk from Bethnal Green station, it’s not the most well connected of spots, so on the way, I was hoping the food and venue would make up for the trek.
The restaurant is located down a dark side street and feels like you’re walking into an industrial estate. So much so, I thought Google Maps had got the location wrong. But no, I was guided to the front door by the brightly lit entrance, providing a rescue from the winter darkness. Turns out, it is actually located in a converted clothing warehouse which explains the industrial estate setting.
The menu is a jumble of different sections scattered across an A3 page but sticks to the standard three-course format. Starters range from £8 to £15, Mains £12 to £25 and Puddings £6 to £8.5. There’s also a Prix-Fixe menu available before 7pm Sunday to Friday which offers good value at £25 for any three courses.
The starter options for our Christmas menu were Cured trout, remoulade and crispy capers (£10.5), Chargrilled kohlrabi and sesame mayonnaise (£8) or Crab, leeks, chestnut and tarragon (£15), so we began with all three.