The Luxe

Address: 109 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7101 1751

- Mid-range

3.4

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
3.8
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
3.8
90%
Value for money
3.4
90%
Ambience
4.1
90%
Location
4
90%

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.

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

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Live entertainment
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness

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