Hg2 : The Hedonist

Typing Room

Taking the place of renowned East London restaurant Viajante, Typing Room had some big shoes to fill. Named for the dining room’s former life as the administrative offices of Bethnal Green Town Hall, this intimate little restaurant offers the ideal blank canvas for culinary theatrics with understated décor and minimalist pine furniture. But this is a quiet kind of show. The open kitchen seems impossibly small for so many chefs, fast-footed yet unexpectedly serene. The intricate, beautifully presented dishes appear without fuss, bringing a little artwork to the bare tables and all the aroma of a well-curated larder. The meal begins with a “snack” or two; crispy fish skins with smoked cod, oyster and dill; courgette and basil profiteroles with black olive; two types of freshly baked bread, served with chicken skin and marmite butters. And then swiftly on to a starter of scorched scallops with carrot, pistachio and coriander and a main of perfectly pink lamb with deep smoked aubergine, yogurt and onion. Lee Westcott’s menu is both inventive and incredibly skilled – perhaps showing off some of the techniques leant helming Jason Atherton’s outposts in Hong Kong. Or perhaps it was his time spent at Per Se and Noma. Either way, we’re won over. And there’s just enough time for a nightcap across the hall at Peg + Patriot. The ideal curtain call.

Town Hall Hotel,
Patriot Square,
E2 9NF
+44 20 7871 0461
Opening Times
12pm-2.15pm Wed-Sat; 6pm-10pm Tues-Sat. Closed Sunday & Monday.
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