None of the dishes we ordered topped £13.00—a shocking value for London, period, never mind that the quality exceeded that of similarly-priced restaurants. Generous portions of cod and clam porridge (which tastes much more appealing than it sounds; think risotto, not breakfast), onglet steak, and tender duck with black pudding reduction were all solid mains, while pumpkin profiteroles and a goat's curd, granita, and blueberry dessert provided a satisfying end to the meal. A collection of mismatched, hung lanterns, sleek wood tables, and a well dressed clientele provided the backdrop to the dining experience.
As with most of London's talked-about new restaurants, The Corner Room has a strict no-bookings policy. Even its website is bare bones; there's not a phone of which to speak, though calling would be useless, anyway. We arrived around 7:00 PM and scored a table for three, no problem. By 8:30, though, people were told to grab a drink or wait in the lobby downstairs until a space became free. Chalk it up to good food and East London hype.
[Photo: The Corner Room Facebook]