Historic Aldgate, on the border of the City and the East End is a worthy example of London’s extreme juxtapositioning of old and new. It’s this slightly chaotic admixture of people, ideas and architecture that makes London both fascinating and bewildering. Aldgate makes an interesting and slightly unusual choice of locale for a new opening, however Treves and Hyde, which pitches itself as ‘more than just a restaurant’ really brings something more special to Aldgate.
Treves and Hyde takes a multi-layered approach in its offerings. On the ground floor you can find world class coffee, courtesy of James Wise, who was recently crowned ‘Worlds Best’ at the Coffee Masters barista tournament. Surely making this is the best spot in Aldgate for your daily fix.
Following the spiral staircase up a level, will lead you to the restaurant floor. It was here we were lucky enough to meet Portuguese born head chef George Tannock who talked us through his culinary influences and his career, starting way back to his early apprenticeship at the Dorchester, and then on to the Fat Duck, Zuma, before taking the reigns himself back in Portugal, and then onto the Chelsea Arts Club.It seems also needless to say then that the food was fantastic, and very good value.
We started with the venison tartare with truffle, burnt ketchup and carta di musica, which was a perfect balance of richness and subtlety.Following on we enjoyed beef brisket, bacon pudding and marinda tomato, which was inspired from a recipe passed down by Tannock’s mother and was likewise fantastic. The tiger prawns with conchiglie pasta & sea herbs proved an uncomplicated but delicious match. Our wine selection was fantastic, and whilst we’d like to comment on the cocktails menu, each drink we were served was a custom concoction, each one delicious and intriguing.
What really sets this place apart for us is the incredible team and the enthusiasm they bring to their chosen field. It is very rare to find so many truly passionate individuals all under the same roof, each one geeking out in their chosen field, but when you do, you know you’ve found somewhere special. If you’re in the area this really has got to be your first choice for coffee, dinner or cocktails.
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