Glass sits down for dinner at Treves & Hyde restaurant in Aldgate East

ALDGATE East is a funny little spot, just on the edge of the hustle and bustle of Liverpool Street and the City but not part of the community of Whitechapel and Stepney. However, nestled down on Leman Street is a wonderful new place called Treves & Hyde, designed to serve as a “neighbourhood oasis” within the Leman Locke apart-hotel complex. Serving premium coffee and healthy breakfasts from the early hours and then transforming into a stylish, unpretentious eating and drinking space in the evening, Treves & Hyde is a real find.

Story pic Treves & Hyde - 30The bar at Treves & Hyde

We arrive and instantly I feel impressed by the simple but elegant décor of the ground floor. A beautiful spiral staircase leads us up to the restaurant and my guest and I take a seat at a round table overlooking the street. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, yet still feels luxurious. The enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable mixologist asks us what sort of flavours of cocktail we usually like and she prepared us a twist on the classic negroni, which was delicious and certainly packed a punch.

Story pic Treves & Hyde_CocktailsCocktails at Treves & Hyde

The menu is succinct, which I always am thankful for, although it didn’t make choosing our dishes any easier. For appetisers, we kicked off with red pesto arancini and poponcini peppers, brandade and saffron aioli which were absolutely delightful and the perfect portion size to warm up your taste buds up for the main event. Starters consisted of asparagus, egg yolk and morels and my guest chose the venison tartare, truffle and burnt ketchup. The dishes are so beautifully presented, every piece of food so perfectly positioned with great attention to detail but without any hint of pretence.

Story picture Treves & Hyde Beef BrisketTreves & Hyde Beef Brisket

For main courses, we both agonised but ending up settling on the same choice – beef brisket with bacon pudding and marinda tomato. Now this really was the star of the show. The beef was cooked so faultlessly, it just fell off the fork and it was complemented wonderfully by the unusual bacon pudding and tomatoes. We chose side dishes of sweet potatoes and tahini dip and tenderstem broccoli, flavoured with katsuboshi, which are smoked tuna flakes, punctuating the crunchy vegetables wonderfully.

Story pic Treves & Hyde_venison tartare, truffle & burnt ketchup, carta di musicaVenison tartare, truffle & burnt ketchup, carta di musica

As we finished our main courses, I was delighted to find that I wasn’t quite full and could definitely manage a dessert, of which we shared the butterscotch crème caramel with salted popcorn and valrhona chocolate with orange and pistachio.

Story pic Treves & Hyde_Valrhona chocolate with orange and pistachioValrhona chocolate with orange and pistachio dessert

These luxurious treats rounded off the meal superbly and despite all the flavours being so rich and impactful, they weren’t in any way heavy or overbearing, leaving my guest and me feeling satisfied but not stuffed. Unfussy food which is intelligently prepared left us wanting to come back and try everything else on the menu. The kitchen will make use of the American smoker and Argentinian grill on the terrace, which weather permitting; will be open throughout the year.

All of these delicious courses were underpinned by first class service from extremely friendly and attentive staff, who took the time to answer any of our questions and were very well versed in the food they were serving. The dishes are reasonably priced and extremely well thought out, with a menu which evolves regularly to make the most of local and seasonal produce.

story pic Treves&Hyde_George_TanncokGeorge Tannock of Treves & Hyde

The kitchen is led by the incredibly talented George Tannock, whose experience ranges across some of the most esteemed restaurants in the country including The Dorchester, The Fat Duck, The Capital and The Greenhouse. I have no doubt this restaurant will be a great success, with its welcoming and honest atmosphere, and top quality food and beverage offering, it’s definitely an East End gem waiting to be discovered.

by Heather Doughty

Further information on Treves and Hyde can be found here.
Treves & Hyde, 15/17 Leman Street, London, E1 8EN

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