109 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG
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Expert review of The Luxe
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.
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.
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.
Friendly and down to earth, though sometimes swamped.
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.
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.
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:
- Bar, Café, Restaurant
- British, International, Steak, Traditional
- 109 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG
- 020 7101 1751
- 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.
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