230 Dalston Lane E8 1LA
0207 249 1176
AKA: The one for perfectly paired wine and food
The deal: Like Withnail, sometimes you want the finest wines available to humanity, and you want it NOW. Thank God for L'Entrepôt. Part of the Borough Wines group, this wine cellar/dining spot is perfect for when cracking open that killer bottle of wine at yours just doesn't cut it. Groups of friends gather round the informal tables having a mid-week catch up and a little French-inspired something to eat, courtesy of chef Patrick Hanna's skilled menu which compliments all that lovely, lovely wine - a cellar of 500 bins, FYI. Rude not to dig in, really.
The menu: It's all about keeping it casual here. Perhaps you'll start with a chunky ham hock and parsley terrine (£7.5) or a little bowl of perky mussels, scented with fennel and pastis (£9.5). Now you've ordered that second bottle, you might as well try a main, right? Restaurant favourite juicy rotisserie chicken is served with a tangy aioli and the Jersey Royals are roasted with lemon – dreamy (£13). For the more carnivorous, their slightly spiced and herbed steak tartare does the business every time (£14). Save room for dessert - perhaps a tastebud-flooding bitter chocolate tart.
The signature dish: Steak tartare. Known even to convert the most ardent vegetarians. Maybe.
The chef: Patrick Hanna
When to eat: Thursday evening. It's practically the weekend, right?
Damage to pocket: Around £13 for a main, or for a few shared plates and a couple of glasses of wine, it'll be around £28.
File under: Great with mates, date night, mid-week munches