Well there is nothing I love more than being surprised. One day we were lurching around Shoreditch on a weekday looking for somewhere to have lunch and stumbled across 8 Hoxton Square. I had never heard of it before and was feeling like a tightwad so almost didn’t go in – sometimes you just want to eat a burrito on the street. Hansel was like stop being a miser etc etc. But I’m so glad we ended up going in. Sitting on the outdoor terrace basking in the sun is so much better than sitting hunched over a plastic counter at Chipotle, I’ll give you that. I had the Whole Plaice with brown shrimps, samphire, capers and fennel and as you can see from the above, it was divine. Perfectly cooked, the flavours all worked so well together – nothing was overwhelming. It just tasted so fresh and was deliciously enhanced with fresh lemon.
I love places that have free bread. It’s just such an old-fashioned treat. A bit salty and oily with bits of bacon in it. What’s not to like?
The Baked sardines with chilli, pistachio, pomegranate and cucumber yoghurt was a really interesting combination of flavours. Light and flavourful, I never would have thought to combine pomegranate with sardines unless Ottolenghi told me to do it.
The Runner Beans were so much better than I thought they’d be. They don’t look like the most exciting thing but liberally sprinkled with almonds and some oil and lemon juice – who knew beans could be this tasty?
These chips with aioli were the ideal companion to a light lunch of fish and beans. They tasted triple cooked – crispy on the outside and a bit fluffy on the inside. The table next to us all ordered dessert while I gawped at them. The menu changes daily which is even more incentive to go back.
8 Hoxton Square