Birthday treats for my sister-in-law, this year was a food fest at Tonic & Remedy. A restaurant inside the five-star hotel M by Montcalm Shoreditch.
The futuristic, angular, mind-blowing building close to Old Street station and the Silicon roundabout – The home of all things Tech in London. Looks likes its landed on City Road straight out of a Sci-fi movie. You can’t really miss it.
On entry there is a cool, buzzy lobby bar. A staircase leads up to another bar and the restaurant. It’s a bright and spacious area and the huge floor to ceiling windows offer a fantastic view of the busy streets below. We bagged the best seats in the house, the tables by the window. A perfect spot for a bit of urban voyeurism.
The food and drink on the menu pays tribute to the history of the apothecary trade located in Shoreditch in the 18th century. The kitchen is headed by Paul Welburn, formerly head chef at Michelin starred Rhodes W1. He’s created a menu of British classics with a modern, creative twist.
Tonic and Remedy also offers a very reasonable set menu of three courses and a glass of bubbles for £22. We decided to go à la carte and kicked things off in true birthday style with glasses of prosecco and madras curry flavoured popcorn. My mind was saying ‘this is wrong’, but my tastebuds couldn’t get enough of the spicy, sweet crunchy kernals.
Followed by our starters of sardines caponata on toast (£7.50) and artichoke velouté (£5). Both so delicious, the plates were scraped clean. Our mains included spatchcock lemon and herb chicken (£18) for the birthday girl. Served with the most moreish triple cooked chips (which I kept stealing).
My cauliflower risotto (£13), had the perfect balance of creamy texture and crunch to the cauliflower florets. In the end I failed to finish my main. Although luscious, it was very filling.
Last but not least we were presented with the birthday girls dessert, sticky ginger pudding, pineapple (£6). It tasted deliciously divine and the creamy pineapple ice-cream cut through the richness of the pudding perfectly.
After nearly demolishing most of the pudding, we were surprised to find a small part of the pudding slightly burnt. Once pointed out, it was kindly taken off the bill.
Tonic and Remedy is a reasonably priced restaurant with a fun and tasty menu in a premium setting. A rare find in the middle of hipster-ville. It makes a refreshing change and I’ll be making another visit in the not-so-distant future.
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Tonic & Remedy | 151-157 City Road | London | EC1Y 1BE