Brooksby's Walk E9 6DA
07555 229 870 / @brooksbywalk
The deal: We Londoners love a transformed lav, don't we? From the Bermondsey Arts Club set in former bogs, through to the Public Life rave stall in Shoreditch (RIP) right through to Clapham's WC (Wine and Charcuterie, duh), we can't get enough of a transformed toilet. And the latest venture to lavish some love on loos is Brooksby's Walk in Homerton. The venture is from ex-Upstairs at the Ten Bells guys Jarrod Cooke and chef Giorgio Ravelli and someone's definitely got an eye for style as the place looks seriously stunning. Intimate and just a little bit swish, this is a neighbourhood spot we'd happily hang out at all year round. But these summer evenings are the best to sit on their roof terrace, sup a cocktail and not think about what was going on in these walls a few years ago. Shhh now - just think about your excellent Negroni instead...
The food: It's Modern European/British fare, seasonal sharing plates and several experimental dishes. The standout plates were the crispy squid with a fragrant heritage tomato salad which doesn't sound like it would work, but did, and the perfectly sweet grilled nectarines with a little tang of Princess Alicia cheese and balsamic. The veal tartare with lightly pickled girolles was flavoursome and refreshing - totally on point for a light summer supper. The Parmesan panna cotta didn't quite hit the mark for us - it was too rich and creamy even for two people to finish - but overall, most of the dishes were pitch-perfect and had us eyeing up the next selection from the menu.
The chef: Giorgio Ravelli
The signature dish: We'll definitely be going back for that squid and heritage tomato salad.
When to dine: This would make a great mid-week supper or weekend brunch spot. They're also starting Aperitivo evenings at 6-7pm on Tuesdays to Thursdays where there will be free bar snacks on offer with their stellar cocktail list. Closed on Mondays.
Damage to pocket: A few sharing dishes plus a bottle of wine (or one of their fancy cocktails) will set you back around £40 a head
File under: Weekenders, Great with mates, Date night, Brunching, Midweek munches