London’s 5 Best New Restaurants

  • The interior of Hoi Polloi by Ed Reeve

    The interior of Hoi Polloi by Ed Reeve

  • The sheep's ricotta gnudi, muscat grapes, onion squash, wet walnuts, and olive crumble at AD12

    The sheep's ricotta gnudi, muscat grapes, onion squash, wet walnuts, and olive crumble at AD12

  • Charcuterie plate at Drakes Tabanco

    Charcuterie plate at Drakes Tabanco

  • Dinner is served at Smokehouse.

    Dinner is served at Smokehouse.

  • Interior of Chotto Matte by Oliver Rudkin.

    Interior of Chotto Matte by Oliver Rudkin.

  • Pork belly at Chotto Matte

    Pork belly at Chotto Matte

  • The relaxed, convivial atmosphere of Smokehouse

    The relaxed, convivial atmosphere of Smokehouse

  • The interior of Drakes Tabanco.

    The interior of Drakes Tabanco.

  • The view at AD12 by Emma Starkie.

    The view at AD12 by Emma Starkie.

  • Hoi Polloi's Smoked Salmon on Rye.

    Hoi Polloi's Smoked Salmon on Rye.

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Hoi Polloi

The interior of Hoi Polloi by Ed Reeve

The interior of Hoi Polloi by Ed Reeve

This all-day brasserie in the new Ace Hotel in Shoreditch comes from the team behind uber-hip eateries Bistrotheque and Shrimpy’s. With high ceilings and a spacious canteen layout, Hoi Polloi is a restful place to while away a long meal. The restaurant décor, with Nordic-style wood paneling, Philipe Malouin pendant lights, and thoughtful, contemporary-meets-retro touches such as menus printed on college-rule notebook paper, will have design nerds in ecstasy. Background music colors the space with soft and carefully-selected, ambient electronicaand the overall effect is far from off-puttingly snooty. Instead, Hoi Polloi is a relaxed, quintessentially east London alternative to more traditional London brasseries like The Wolseley or The Delauney.

The contemporary British dishes are fresh, seasonal, and thoughtfully innovative: the slow-braised pork cheeks are given an autumnal tang with spiced apple and pickled carrots, while the braised rabbit is served with deliciously nutty girolles and buckwheat. Hoi Polloi has excellent service, which is very much at odds with the aloof, “too cool for school” approach that usually prevails with trendy east London restaurants. Open for breakfast until late supper every day, the restaurant is accessible through the Ace Hotel or from the street via the leafy environs of That Flower Shop.

Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, 44-20/8880-6100; Hoi Polloi; mains from US$21; drinks from US$6.50

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