Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The Hackney Pearl redux


Grilled onglet with Paris Café butter and thrice cooked chips- £14.70.

Superb tasting steak and suitably well bloodied but let down by the skin-on chips (skin = indolence) that were anything but thrice cooked.


The Hackney Pearl resonates my appetite, both unfailingly and rewardingly.

I cannot think of better place to spend the rest of your well-earned Sunday afternoon than here.

The dining room embraces natural daylight with dignified intent. The service is warm and charming.

I always start with one of the best Bloody Marys found in the capital.

Great starters are offered on the menu to be shared and savoured.

Big fat juicy pilchards Cornish Sardines.
I could quite easily devour half a dozen of these with a bottle of Pouilly-Fumé

Chicken liver pate, toast and cornichons

I don't usually dig chicken livers but The Hackney Pearl ensured otherwise.
Absolutely delicious.

A second Bloody Mary maintains the craving for the next course!

The mains are impressive and luscious.

Now who needs Petersham Nurseries, when similar grub can be had here for less than half the price!

Roast lamb rump, flageolet beans and wild onion pesto.
I was suitably overwhelmed by this dish and will order and order again.

Vegetarian meze platter with Turkish bread.

The houmous and Balkan slaw were a resounding success.

Pork chop (from a happy pig I presume), new potatoes and apple doo-dah.

Sweet and tender tasting meat. Beautiful.

A regular pud at the Pearl that's Eton Mess.

Don't fret about piling on the pounds since a hard workout is called for the next day at the gym!

Alas the Pearl is not without faults; the flat white served here (using Square Mile beans no less) is below average. I blame the machine used.

The folks at The Hackney Pearl have put the Wick on the map and that's even before the Olympic Stadium is completed. See you there on Sundays. Highly recommended.

11 Prince Edward Road

(Grnd Flr Oslo House East Wing)
Hackney Wick, E9 5LX



The Shed said...

I love love love their chicken liver pate, and their roast lamb is pretty darn special too. See you there, soon!

Siri said...

I like the references to Pouilly Fume and to Oslo House (!).

The Hackney Pearl said...

A lovely post! Thankyou very much. It's so gratifying when someone really enjoys the food, drinks & atmosphere into which we put so much love. But I'm sorry to hear the flat white wasn't up to standard on your visit. Consistent excellence is what we're aiming for and coffee is key to our offering. All the team are Square Mile trained and our Gaggia usually makes beautiful coffee, but something obviously went awry on your visit. Please let me know when next you're in so we can talk about how to get there.

Anonymous said...

You have lovely food, coffee, and cakes keep it up also you have a barman who works there and wears a hat don't know his name but seen in him in there when my friends and I have come in the pearl some evenings in the past just want to say he seems chatty and easy going as he makes us feel welcomed and talks to us with a polite manner.