David and Kaz are back with a new opening but it seems that we can’t keep up as they’ve opened another space in Whitechapel in the last few weeks as well! Following their successful ‘Grind Bond‘ crowdfunding round back in 2015, David and Kaz have set their sights on opening even more new Coffice and trendy dining spaces throughout London.
So here goes – our review of the shiny new Exmouth Market Grind, a 90-cover restaurant and bar joining the throng of fantastic neighbourhood restaurants in the buzzing foodie destination, Exmouth Market. Neighbouring up with the likes of Caravan Coffee, Dirty Burger and Pizza Pilgrims.
We were lucky enough to go on the opening night when they were offering 50% off food and drinks – so of course we had to try EVERYTHING on the menu. This time Kyle Boyce, former Executive Chef of Soho House has whipped up a refreshing food offering, helping put Exmouth Market Grind firmly on the gastronomic map.
The founders who describe the brand as inspired by Melbourne café culture have got it so, so right. Late hours, cocktails and a tasty food offering. Not to mention the music – expect anything from Grimes, to Flight Facilities and ZHU. You can listen to their curated day and night radio stations on Spotify here.
Now a Grind wouldn’t be a Grind without the usual glowing shiny pink neon sign adorned across the wall; this time preaching “Don’t just stare at it. Eat it” which we certainly did, and then some…however it’s safe to say, compared to our beloved Clerkwenwell Grind Exmouth does lack a little pizzazz when it comes to the decor.
So to start – the drinks
A Grind Espresso Martini, made with Grind House Espresso, vodka & sugar syrup – a winning combo! Taking away the sickly sweetness we’ve all become somewhat accustomed to.
Then there’s their Espresso Old Fashioned which is an impressive mix of single origin bourbon, sugar syrup and bitters – what’s not to love?
Like many London hotspots Grind has taken up a ‘sharing is caring’ approach to their new menu, optioning for a variety of smaller plates which meant we were able to sample a fair bit of the new menu.
To start we tucked into their fried green tomato, with meyer lemon which was crisp, juicy and absolutely delicious. Along with the Chorizo-stuffed dates, pancetta, and yoghurt – sounds unusual, but tastes incredible – the perfect mix of sweet, spice and meaty flavours.
We then had the Butchers steak, red pepper, and almonds, which was nice but not memorable, so we would probably recommend somewhere else if you’re looking for your steak fix. The same goes for the quinoa, cauliflower, blood orange & yoghurt – having had charred cauliflower the week before The Barbary this was a falling short due to it being served cold.
Now for the main. We shared their last Lamb shank, sweet potato and cucumber raita – again a little disappointing compared to their small plates, as we found the lamb to be quite dry. However, it was the opening night and a few teething problems are always to be expected.
Now a meal just isn’t complete without dessert. Somehow we managed to polish off the chocolate parfait, espresso streusel, and hazelnuts, along with the hot apple crumble sundae which is accompanied by a pot of salted caramel to pour. Both of which made for the perfect end to what was a delicious dining and drinking experience.
One slight negative – it seems the Grind inherited a few waiters when Cafe Pistou was no more, and for an opening night a little enthusiasm goes a long way.
However this is a great little spot and addition to the Grind family – so we will most definitely be back again soon to try the breakfast!
8-10 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QA
Menu and opening times here.