Townsend Review | Eat & Drink
Located in the Whitechapel Gallery, Townsend launched with rave reviews just before the lockdown began. Talk about the timing! Quickly transitioning into a delivery business, it’s good to see the restaurant restart, serving British food from Joe Fox (ex-Petersham Nurseries).
If you’ve been to the Dining Room before, then in terms of design, not much has changed – however, it’s the food that’s the main draw. The menu reads so well that it is really difficult to decide and even more difficult for the waiter taking the order as we have changed our mind several times. We started with some of the basic snacks; Devon blue cheese croquettes with fermented cooling and juicy marinated tomatoes in smoked rapeseed oil alongside Vault Vermouth made in the London Hills.
We followed with the spicy eggplant, pickled peppers and ticklemore salad and soft chicken egg, anchovy mayonnaise and broccoli. Really simple, simple but well prepared dishes with quality ingredients and winning flavor combinations. Other highlights include the breaded pork loin, whipped cod roe, and pickled cabbage – a modern British take on schnitzel – while the pink fir potatoes, smoked chili and garlic sauce. were more than a little accompaniment.
We finished with a really good Molasses and Eton’s mess pie, leaving it full and satisfied. A long, flawless lunch, no egos, no over-promises, just good bloody food and no micro-weed on the spot.
7-82 Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX