Cornerstone

It’s taken me a while to get a reservation here, but boy was it worth the wait. One of the best meals I have had in very long time and I’ve had a few!

Having never had the pleasure of visiting whilst with Nathan Outlaw, I watched the brilliant Tom Brown on the Great British Menu, and I have to say I’ve become am a bit of a fan. And what a treat to have him there cooking for us.

We were there as an early celebration for Sam’s birthday. I’d messaged ahead and organised some fizz to kick start the evening.

The menu is not huge and the dishes that are part of the tasting menu are highlighted rather than being presented separately which I quite liked. The tasting options looked good but feeling hungry and wanting to try everything we literally ordered all but two of the dishes. So we had a rather greedy total of ten dishes if you include the bread.

The first course of oysters with horseradish was so good we ordered a second round. The oysters were lightly pickled, deliciously fresh and perfectly accompanied by the horseradish. They left us feeling excited about the dishes still to come, and they we’re as pretty as a picture.

Next came the raw brill with green sauce, a take on a salsa verde. Stunning and delicious. It was served with the mackerel pate which was beautifully smooth with slices of cured mackerel and cucumber delicately placed on the top. The best bit about this dish was the warm treacle bread served alongside so you could smother it with the creamy pate. Absolutely perfect.

Sam questioned why we ordered the carrots as he viewed this dish as boring. He couldn’t have been more wrong. The carrots were served whole, had been perfectly cooked and had a slight bite to them. But it was the silky smooth smoked cod roe and addition of crushed pistachios which really took this dish to another level. Never has a carrot tasted so good.

Next up was what I believe is Tom’s signature dish at Cornerstone, the potted shrimp crumpet. Topped with kolhrabi and gherkin, this dish was very tasty but sadly not as stand out as the previous.

Feeling fuller by the mouthful we managed to demolish the roast Cornish hake which was served with parsnip puree, anchovy and chilli. The fish soft and perfectly cooked, I would expect nothing less from the extremly talented Tom Brown.

The finale dish of ray wing with a chicken butter sauce was quite simply out of this world. The fish was so delicate and the sauce was rich and creamy, a perfect combination. I could have licked the plate.

We’re generally not massive fans of desert, but thought we should at least share one to try. We chose the earl grey mille feuille with pears. It looked fantastic and tasted good. I was however disappointed that the mille feuille was a brandy snap rather than the traditional pastry layers.

Cornerstone is a brilliant addition to the up and coming Hackney Wick dining and drinking scene. Only a 10 minute uber ride from home I shall definitely be coming back for more.

KATER Score 10/10 – £230 for two with wine

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