Ellory is a new addition to London Fields serving simple dishes using seasonal ingredients. It’s a joint venture between chef Matthew Young and sommelier Jack Lewens, offering a five course set menu for £38, or a bar menu with a selection of small to medium plates.
Situated on the ground floor of Netil House, the modest glass entrance is easily missed amongst the dull grey exterior. But step inside and the restaurant feels bright and airy. It’s quite minimal with white walls, concrete floors, and bare lightbulbs hanging from the high ceiling. But still feels welcoming. There’s also seats available at the bar, making it a nice place to stop by for a drink if you fancied.
Our group of four ordered the set menu, along with a bottle of house red. First to arrive was raw mackerel with grapefruit and pruslane. Delicious and super refreshing. The exact opposite to mackerel I’ve had before—pre-cooked in vacuum sealed bags from the supermarket!
The white asparagus, egg yolk and Stawley tasted fantastic and was my favourite course of the evening. The reveal of a bright egg yolk when breaking apart the middle looked great too. Octopus, sorrel and courgette followed, with the octopus tentacle cooked perfectly.
Our final main was spring chicken, chicory and anchovy. A bit salty overall but the chicken was excellent. So tender, and falling off the bone. For dessert, the rosemary ice cream, strawberry, and rhubarb definitely hit the spot. I enjoyed the crumbled bits of sponge as it reminded me of childhood bowls of mashed up cake and ice cream.
A nice addition to our evening was when sommelier and co-owner Jack Lewens popped over to our table. My friend was curious about learning more about wine and Jack recommended reading a manga comic called Drops of God. Unexpected, but definitely something to check out.
I enjoyed my dinner at Ellory and a five course set menu for £38 is excellent value. Especially compared to other places at a similar price point further down in Bethnal Green. The food tastes great and they clearly know a thing or two about wine. A great addition to the area!