Last week we were thrilled to see our newest collaboration with Searcys , Urban Coterie appear in The Times 25 Best New Restaurants! A great achievement and testament to the team’s hard work.
Martin Zahumensky, formerly of Texture and Hibiscus, has been appointed Head Chef. A celebration of all things British, the menus will change each month, with a focus on provenance and seasonality. Alongside snacks such as Pigs head with ‘ndjua’ mayonnaise and Potato doughnuts with Parmesan, expect to find starters of Brixham crab, apple, and celeriac and Ox tongue with green vegetables, crisp tripe and oyster mayonnaise. Signature mains include Pork belly, carrots, grapefruit and liquorice and Grilled monkfish with cockles, kale, rosemary and anchovy vinaigrette, while larger dishes such as Shin of veal with roast vegetables and Grass-fed rib of beef are designed to share. Classic desserts of English custard tart and warm chocolate mousse with toasted rice ice cream complete the menu.
Demetre says of the launch: “I love east London for its infectious energy and I’m excited to be opening Urban Coterie here with Searcys. Today, cooking can be unnecessarily over-complicated and our approach lets seasonal ingredients do the talking. I’m fortunate to have the talented Martin Zahumensky as Head Chef as his cooking ethos is very much in line with mine.”
The Sky Bar, overlooking the London skyline, celebrates variations on classic cocktails influenced by the British landscape, and a wine list of small boutique growers and biodynamic bottles. Award-winning bar manager Jeremy Pascal and his team use the best of British ingredients for signature cocktails such as After a Walk in the Forest; vodka, vermouth, pickled mushrooms and walnut and Hays & Plums; a recipe inspired by the rural Dales using fresh lemon, plum puree and hay syrup, mixed with Sacred gin and Peychaud’s Bitters.
Designed by London based TONIK. Associates Urban Coterie takes inspiration from many aspects of the building’s architecture. Tones and colours reference the sky and the warmth of a setting sun, while traditional materials such as brass, timber, bianco marble and leather soften the angular building. The private dining room seats 12 and has blow out glass for secrecy or inclusion, whilst a hole in the wall allows diners a glimpse into the kitchen next door.
· Urban Coterie opening times: Tuesday – Saturday; lunch 12:00 - 14:30 and dinner 18:00 - 22:30
· Urban Coterie main phone number: 0203 8373108
· Urban Coterie main website: http://www.urbancoterie.co.uk