Published on March 3, 2014 | by Jacob Hughes

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Restaurant review: The Hackney Pearl

 

★★★★★

The Hackney Pearl, Prince Edward Road, Hackney Wick, 
E9 5LX

Entering the Hackney Pearl a plethora of rich smells wraps itself around you, dispelling the cold Winter wind.

Smelling like part patisserie, part carvery, with smiles all around the dining area, The Hackney Pearl is a home away from home.

James Morgan, owner and Head Chef, has a Mediterranean culinary background, growing up with a Greek and Italian immigrant family in Sydney.

His attention to detail and quality stems from working in the Michelin-starred St James’s Hotel and Club restaurant, as well as Smiths of Smithfield and The Garrison in Bermondsey.

The slow roasted pork has been a speciality on the menu every Sunday since the restaurant opened four years ago, while the ricotta and kale crostini is an equally enticing culinary affair.

And at £5.50 per plate, who knew that Michelin-inspired food could be so humble?

Value

Basket of fruit at the Hackney pearl

The Hackney Pearl has become a hub for hungry artists. [the Hackney Pearl]

The set menu for ‘Cheap Dates and Old Mates’ is available at £12.50 per person for two courses, or £15 per person for three courses, and is available from Monday to Thursday.

For the busy Hackney Wick artisans there is also a lunchtime special which is available from Monday to Friday for as little as £7.50 per person.

This week’s menu is pork belly and roast potato hash with fennel gravy, or carrot and coriander fritters with a Turkish yoghurt accompanied by a sweet chilli jam. Need I say more?

Just around the corner from Hackney Wick’s Overground Station – tucked away in Oslo House – is a protected historic building that is home to east London’s notorious graffiti artists Sweet Toof and Rowdy.

The Hackney Pearl has become a hub for hungry artists in the biggest art community in Europe.

The area was just beginning its climb to bohemian infamy when The Pearl opened and has been at the heart of Hackney Wick’s warehouse area ever since.

“We’re not pretentious here” Morgan told ALN. “Anybody can come in [and] everyone is welcome for any kind of food and drink.

Unlike a lot of London restaurants, we’re open breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can come in for a coffee or a glass of wine, sandwiches, salads, [order from our ] a la carte menu or [have] a pastry.”

For more information, visit The Hackney Pearl.

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