Hackney Wick has got itself a brand new canal-side, multi-arts venue. Founded by London promoters, label managers and locals, Remi Landaz and Bruno Cabral of Half Baked, the 500 capacity space is an open-plan warehouse conversion with large glass floor-to-ceiling doors overlooking the canal and a wooden bar and open plan kitchen made using recycled wood from the local area. All furniture has been handmade with a ‘rough around the edges’ feel.
Brazilian Head Chef, Leon Borja’s innovative menu features starters such as Meatball trio (beef and fennel, lamb and pistachio, pork and apple) served with homemade ketchup and Bloody Mary prawn cocktail while mains include the Crazy Biker's 8oz beef burger, Baked potato stuffed with confit duck leg, roquefort and candied walnuts and Beetroot risotto with Seville oranges, crispy kale and mascarpone. And for dessert? Caramelised banana and vanilla ice cream with butterscotch sauce.
All spirits on the similarly exciting drinks are infused and feature Welcome to Cuba (Cigar Infused aged rum, beer syrup, tea, fresh lemon juice), Julep n°90 (Apricot infused bourbon, gingerbread syrup, fresh mint), Fruity Loops (vanilla infused vodka, Amaretto, hibiscus syrup, passion fruit, lime) and Thyme for another (thyme infused gin, grapefruit, cider syrup, fresh mint).
An additional element is a gallery exhibiting work from both local and international artists. ‘Creative saboteur,’ Charlie McFarley, kicks off the first monthly exhibition with his unsettling blend of children's cartoon art with the stuff of intricately painted nightmares.
This weekend is the grand opening so expect the likes of the Marksman and Lois & The Love from monthly live music rendez-vous, Wicked Live, plus local underground DJs and guests such as Road To Nowhere and The Vinyl Factory. Entry is free for the whole weekend.