|Tues - Fri||18:30 - 22:30|
|Saturday||12:00 - 22:30|
|Budget||Reasonably Priced (£30 - £40)|
|Nearest Station||London Fields|
Nearest overground station: London Fields (6 minutes)"""
Chef Matthew Young and Sommelier Jack Lewens, who met when paired together for a food and wine event at the London Wine Sessions, have joined forces to open a local Hackney bistro called Ellory. Matthew made his name as Head Chef of The Wapping Project and the much-celebrated Mayfields, while Jack’s credentials include The River Café and Quo Vadis. The 48-cover restaurant opened on the ground floor of the Netil House creative hub in Hackney on 20 November 2015.
Highly acclaimed for his seasonal cooking, Matthew (a self- trained chef) will continue to be guided by the best produce available. The concise menu encourages diners to drop in for a glass and a plate (£4-£20), but there is also a set-menu, with the option of matched wine (£38 for 5-courses plus £30 for matching wines) for those wanting a full dining experience. Matthew’s love of art and design has always been an inspiration, and so he describes his thought process different to that of a formally trained chef. The dishes are simple (usually with three main ingredients) and playful, and Matthew often thinks about the arrangement of the dish before the process to create it. Typical opening dishes might include Scallops, citrus and anise; Puntarelle, anchovies and spenwood; Turbot, chestnuts and pumpkin; Chicken, chicory and carrot; and Caramelised citrus with ginger ice cream.
Renowned Sommelier Jack Lewens has created a constantly changing wine list, made up of 50 bins, which is dominated by the Old World, especially Italy, France and Spain, from £22 bottle (£4.50 glass), and growers Champagne from £54 (£10 glass). The wines are matched to the food on a daily basis, allowing Ellory to move through the wine list, choosing one bottle today and another tomorrow, as the food menu evolves.
The 48-cover restaurant is stripped back and simple. The open kitchen, filled with light from the 20ft high windows on two walls, overlooks the restaurant. Design features including a patinated brass bar with marble top, polished concrete floor, pendent lights with brass fittings, Bentwood chairs, antique bar stools and banquettes, create a space with familiar classic furnishings in a modern dining room. Matthew and Jack’s goal for Ellory is to bring their interpretation of an everyday accessible bistro in a sophisticated setting, with friendly relaxed service, precise cooking and exceptional wine.
London Fields’ rise to prominence has seen a number of well known and highly respected restaurant-folk venture East to set up shop. Ellroy is no different with a joint effort from two foodie-buffs – Chef Matthew Young from Mayfields and sommelier Jack Lewens from River Café. Ellroy is housed at the bottom of Netil House and brings a bistro, restaurant-bar theme to Hackney. Honing in on his love of art and décor, Young creates the look and presentation of his dishes before devising the flavor. This is the perfect accomplice for Lewens’ expertly cultivated wine-list. Expect an impressive setting and the most Instagrammable food around.