REVIEW: Rascals, Shoreditch
WHAT? Boasting “the ONLY fully waterproof dining room in London”, this is a restaurant for super fun, super millennial weekending – and it’s 50% vegan to boot.
WHERE? In association with cocktail bar cum ball pit Ballie Ballerson (linked via a secret passage), Rascals is metres from the best bars and clubs in Shoreditch, sitting on Curtain Road in a riot of hot pink and green.
WHY GO? You’re guaranteed to have a good time. Friday might bring ‘Lady Gala Bingo’, where “there will be games, there will be huns, there may be sexy men, there will definitely be booze and it will be a guaranteed good time” while on Saturdays you can dine among dancing and drag.
What’s more, the food is impressive, served up by head chef Heritier Nsemi, who has worked in kitchens that include Knightsbridge stalwart Pétrus and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Choose from small plates that span everything from the usual guac and hummus sharers to pan roasted lamb rump with fondant potato, parsnip puree and salsa verde or Cornish lobster mac ‘n’ cheese (highly recommended on a dull day).
The decor might provoke squeals from teenage visitors, but the menu’s all grown up – stand-out dishes being veggie mushroom risotto with truffle and pecorino or sticky pork belly with house BBQ sauce, pickles and fennel. Tacos are filled with dried white fried fish and jalapeño or BBQ pork shoulder and there’s squash gnocchi, too.
The bottomless brunch is a raucous affair (we can testify, having walked past on a Saturday afternoon) hosted by Ginger, entertaining with her chosen drag act for the week as unlimited espresso martinis, Prosecco, Bucks Fizz and a three course meal (think avo on toast and truffle penne) are served to a vibey crowd playing Higher Or Lower, losers publicly shamed in the stocks (yep, really).
ANYTHING ELSE? Be sure to indulge in dessert – the theatrical ‘Coachella Party to share’ (brownie, pineapple, banana, raspberry coulis, crispy banana and a lot of rum) was *made* for garnering Insta likes.
DETAILS: 97 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3BS / Londonrascals.com / email@example.com