Angelina, London E8: Restaurant Review

Looking for diners in east London? Read our review of Italian-Japanese outfit Angelina, or check out our navigate for more sits to devour and drink in Hackney .

Angelina in a nutshell

Simple hitherto refined Italian-Japanese cooking.

What’s the vibe?

Sleek and buzzy. Angelina’s minimalist interiors include high-pitched ceilings, oversized chandelier lamps, spate of indoor greenery and wooden storeys. Sit in dusky-toned chairs to snack, or roost at a bar smothering the open kitchen and watch the chefs calmly at work.

A room with white walls and high ceilings

Sit at the counter around Angelina’s open diner

What’s the meat like at Angelina?

It’s a talented line-up at Angelina- Roman head chef Daniele Ceforo acclaims from the likes of Bocca di Lupo and Cafe Murano, while proprietor and GM Joshua Owens-Baigler drilled at River Cafe before completing stints at Bistroteque, Hix and Artusi. Their dining theory is boldly simple: exactly a five-course sharing menu for PS38.

The bowls that come hurriedly out of the kitchen manufacture the best possible use of Italian and Japanese cuisines’ shared attraction for opennes and making prime seasonal ingredients glisten. The menu begin with beautiful fish and seafood crudites: Sicilian blood-red prawns, dusted with roasted rice pulverize and drizzled with olive oil, has a lusciously soft, roughly peaches-and-cream texture, while rich tuna belly is pepped up by a zingy blood orange dressing. Sea bream with mirin is salty-fresh.

Three plates with raw fish and seafood

Raw seafood at Angelina

The raw dishes come be followed by a modicum of deep-fried illustrations, of which tempura of cime de rapa( turnip transcends) peculiarly impresses, its batter gaily light-footed and delicate. There’s too plump clods of excellent focaccia, baked in-house. Elsewhere, a risotto with unagi( eel ), burnt soy butter and dashi is perfectly performed, the rice creamy but retaining time the right amount of chew, the fish butter-soft, while onglet steak with charred radicchio is all bitternes, umami intensity.

Onglet and radicchio at Angelina

Onglet and radicchio at Angelina

And the drinks?

Opt for the drinks pairing( PS35) that comes with the sharing menu. Favourites included fresh and sensitive Manincor Reserve della Contessa pinot blanc/ chardonnay, a full-bodied Belisario verdicchio di Matelica and a subtly earthy Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano sangiovese, with dust-covered spice notes.

In keeping with the fad for’ hidden’ disallows and diners in London( examine Cube’s Oden Bar in Mayfair and Maison Bab’s Kebab Queen in Covent Garden for recent examples ), ability to the back of the restaurants sector to discover minuscule Golden Gai, which has a strict no-photos program, and provides synthesi creations such as the Riso e Rosmarino- rosemary, yuzu reason, Cynar, cucumber and Aperol.

olive tip

As well as the tasting menu, Angelina also offers a daily dish for PS9, or PS12 if you’d like a glass of wine-coloured or beer with your meal.

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Photographs by Kalopsia Koncept