Smart dining near Old Street isn’t a concept that’s particularly abundant. The tech roundabout brought exciting and trendy start-ups and with it, eateries that had an extremely casual vibe. Dirty-burgers, pop-ups, craft beer banh mis and BBQ cuisine all but dominate this area, and it seems to be going well. Tonic and Remedy steps out of the norm to provide a sophisticated drinking and dining experience in a relaxed setting.
Tonic and Remedy is the brainchild of Mixologist Jeremy Pascal, and Head Chef Paul Welburn of RhodesW1. A combination of the two results in a place that takes both food and drink very seriously. The food menu has many bases covered, as far as Modern dining goes – there is an A La Carte and small sharing plates menu, there are unusual and unique dishes (potentially targeted at the more adventurous), alongside more traditional classics. The cocktail menu prides itself in paying homage to the apothoceries of old; with herbs, wine and spices making up every drink. In a nutshell - A modern day apothecary with a very accessible food menu to boot.
FOOD AND DRINK
The composition of the food menu ensure virtually all appetites and moods are covered. The food menu is split up into various sections: SNACKS (incl potted smoked aubergine £4.50), MINOR (incl Chicken liver parfait £7, Crispy pig’s head and apple salad £8, Octopus, ‘black rice’ saffron, lemon £11), MAJOR (incl Roast duck breast, crispy leg , cherries and almonds £23), JOSPER GRILL (incl 28 Day aged 80z Ribeye Steak – highly recommended), SIDES and SWEETS (incl Apricots, white chocolate and lemon balm £6). There’s plenty for seafood lovers and vegetarians are not forgotten about either. But the Josper Grill is where most of your attention should be focussed on.
The depth and variery of the cocktail menu elevates Tonic and Remedy from a ‘Restaurant/Bar’ to a ‘Restaurant AND Bar’ – in that the bar can operate as a destination spot for cocktails, as opposed to a pre-meal drinks option. The extremely talented staff can easily switch between their entirely original menu or any of the classics. Fans of the Old Fashioned might find one of London’s best examples here and the ‘Blood Remedy’s’ is a stunningly made variation of the Bloody Mary – perfect for powering through.
ATMOSPHERE AND DÉCOR
Relaxed yet classy seems is definitely. There is an open kitchen in the main dining area – where you can catch the chefs in action, while soaking the sites and smells of the kitchen. But you want to be sat at one of the wall length window seats – everyone loves people-watching and this is the perfect spot to sit back and watch the world sail by. Be careful though, it’s on the first floor which so awkward and prolonged eye-contact with those on the top decks of busses is a real danger. All that being said – evenings at Tonic & Remedy fall firmly into the category of more special occasions – dates, client meals, small birthdays, catching up with friends, or treating yourself (payday).
Tonic & Remedy have a very strong product here. With so many nearby restaurants fully engaged in some sort of calory war, it’s great to see a place salute good old British cuisine.