Strongroom Bar and Kitchen

Musical flavours: The Strongroom Bar and Kitchen

We thought it was high time we had a bit of rock ‘n roll in our lives, writes Jonathan Lake, so where better than the Strongroom Bar and Kitchen in Shoreditch.

This local joint has been home of the Strongroom recording studios since the 1980s, and is a ‘must visit’ destination for music artists and their fans from around the world.

The lunchtime menu is pretty expansive and we eventually plumped for a few dishes that spanned the spectrum of choice.

A stunning halloumi, orange and pomegranate salad was a sight to behold, reminding me how the French like to say that ‘we eat with our eyes’ (though don’t try that at home). The halloumi was perfectly cooked and the sweetness of the cheese was balanced by the acidity of the orange.

Duck pancakes were everything they’re meant to be: crispy and darkly sweet, served with a pile of chopped spring onion and cucumber.

Handmade crab tortellini with a cherry tomato and chili sauce also proved delicious. The pungent sweet crabmeat was in abundance as was the sauce. Chili lovers may not be so happy with the lack of red hot chili peppers.

Bear in mind this venue is more for gigs than eats, so check out what’s on before you go.

Three ate like pop stars for a bargain price of just under £30.

The Strongroom Bar and Kitchen
120-124 Curtain Road
EC2A 3SQ
020 7426 5103