Restaurant: The Richmond
Opened: April 2015
Where is it: The painfully trendy intersection of Dalston, Haggerston and London Fields.
What kind of food: The menu comprises oysters, comfort food and raw dishes, so expect everything from gourmet burgers to scallop ceviche.
Who goes: Who doesn’t? Grace Dent claimed the tuna tartare made her “rethink raw food,” – for the better; fashion label Finery hosted their launch dinner there where guests included Pandora Sykes and Jemima Jones... Plus we hear Christopher Kane is a regular. It all sounds very ‘fashion, daarling’, but in truth, The Richmond has a neighbourhood restaurant vibe and is all-welcoming. When we visited on a sunny Sunday afternoon, tables were taken by families (babies and all), groups of girlfriends lunching, hipster couples and mum and daughter duos.
The concept: The Richmond is a joint venture between Brett Redman, an Australian chef and restaurateur who previously earned huge praise at Borough Market’s Elliot’s restaurant, and Margaret Crow, a fashion stylist and ex-Vogue girl.
We tried: We find it difficult to turn down oysters on any menu, so you can imagine our delight in discovering The Richmond has a whole bar dedicated to the slippery things. Tick off which ones you want to try on the lottery ticket-style paper and how many, and they’re delivered to your table. It sounds more gimmicky than it is, and in fact is a good way of trying different types and working out which ones are for you.
For main, we tucked into the meaty monkfish with chickpeas and quite possibly the juiciest tomatoes to be found in East London, as well as the whole artichoke, laid beautifully on top of a generous dose of burrata cheese.
Hero dishes: We’re with you, Grace Dent – we’d return for the tuna tartare alone, which, for a raw dish, packed a punch thanks to a heady hit of harissa and mint.
Star cocktail: Although tempted by the wittily named Sage Against the Machine, we opted for the Damn Son – a refreshing, citrusy mix, topped with port and Damson gin – which incidentally sparked a trend on The Richmond’s outdoor terrace with the two neighbouring tables asking to have one, too.
The interiors: ...are faultless, which we imagine is due to owner Margeret’s impeccable style and on-the-pulse attitude. The venue itself used to be an old East End boozer, so the high-ceilings and wooden panels play host perfectly to artfully chosen burnt red walls, beautiful hexagonal wooden flooring and low-hanging oversized lampshades. Plus, the honeycomb white tiles in the toilets had us wanting to redecorate our own bathrooms.
Anything else: Oyster Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday, 6pm-7pm, and Saturday, 5pm-6pm with oysters for just £1 each. No doubt we’ll be back.