The Luxe

Price guide: Mid-range

109 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG

Price guide: Mid-range

Owner chef John Torode

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#96 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.8
3.8
Ambience:
4.1
4.1
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.4
3.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Live entertainment, Nightlife, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of The Luxe

I love the atmosphere in this beautifully refurbished and modernised Grade-II building.

Chef-patron John Torode hails from Australia but has become a television star in Britain, co-hosting the BBC’s top-rated Masterchef programme. That alone brings a degree of custom to his latest venture, a multi-storey eaterie with florist and music bar housed in the listed Victorian redbrick building that was originally Spitalfields’ flower market.

Food and drink: 

Everything from granola and pancakes to salt and pepper squid and pappardelle with game ragout, chestnuts and mushrooms. There are some great Thai-inspired dishes (Torode is an expert with Asian flavours) and the beef is equally reliable: I love the opportunity to sit in a corner booth with a cocktail and share something like dry-aged south Devon New York rib on the bone served with béarnaise sauce and creamed spinach.

Ambience: 

The Luxe features some exquisite decorative details, including silk floral wallpaper and a pair of vintage aviaries. In the evenings the cheerful ground floor café-bar becomes more of a nightspot (though the music venue proper is in the basement); for a more refined dining experience head upstairs. Customers are a mix of local groovers and business people from the City.

Service: 

Friendly and down to earth, though sometimes swamped.

Location: 

Spitalfields is a shopping and restaurant complex housed in a beautiful old market close to Brick Lane and 5-10 minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station.

Price advice: 

Eat in the ground floor café-bar for the best value: main courses are £7.50-£11.50, cooked breakfasts £4-£9.50. Main courses in the upstairs restaurant are £13-£15.50.

Other useful branches: 

Smiths of Smithfield is run by the same people and features four different eateries, including a ground floor café-bar and a top floor restaurant with lovely views over Smithfield and the city. See www.smithsofsmithfield.com

More information on The Luxe:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café, Restaurant
Food:
British, International, Steak, Traditional
Address:
109 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG
Telephone:
020 7101 1751
Website:
http://www.theluxe.co.uk
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Restaurant Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6-9.30pm; Sat 6-9.30pm; Sun noon-4pm. Café-bar Mon-Sat 8am-11.30pm, Sun 9.30am-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Masterchef

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