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Boundary restaurant review – Shoreditch cafe gets a makeover – Hot Dinners

Now this is what the bar looks like with lots of folding doors so you can enjoy the good weather

What should we know about Boundary?

Boundary has been around for a while, launched by Terence Conran in 2009. It consisted of three main parts – the Boundary Hotel, the hugely popular roof terrace and what used to be Albion Cafe on the ground floor (there is also had a restaurant in the basement, but it never really worked and has now become an event space).

Now, with a new owner (the same people behind The Coach in Clerkenwell) and a new chef, changes are afoot. The Boundary restaurant and bar takes over the space of the Albion café, in a completely remodeled space.

What changed ?

For starters, there is no longer a grocery store at the entrance. And that separate entrance to the restaurant is also gone – you now enter through the main entrance of the Boundary building. There is a large bar which leads to an elevated dining area. Add to that a beautiful terrace area and a beautiful private dining room and this is what now makes up this new brasserie space. If you’ve been there you’ll know it’s a corner site so there’s plenty of natural light too.

border london shoreditch restaurant reviewThe elevated dining area towards the rear of the restaurant

What kind of food are we talking about?

They advertise it as “modern British dishes with a European influence” (Chef Robin is Swedish). It’s a very simple menu – no tedious little dishes to share here. There is the option of a small bar snack menu followed by starters, main courses and desserts.

Here’s what we had, to give you an idea of ​​what to expect:

border london shoreditch restaurant reviewA selection of sea bass snacks including curried minced pork pie, merguez sausages, padron peppers and Maldon oysters.

border london shoreditch restaurant reviewCrispy sourdough steak tartare topped with an egg yolk (£12)

border london shoreditch restaurant reviewDevon scallops with anchovies and lemon butter (£16 for two).

border london shoreditch restaurant reviewWild garlic and nettle risotto with summer vegetables and pecorino (£18) – this seems to be a dish that changes regularly depending on the season.

border london shoreditch restaurant reviewEntrecote with fries with skin on and Bernese sauce (£19.50) – very reasonably priced for a perfectly cooked steak. We couldn’t resist adding a side of wild garlic mayonnaise to dip the fries.

What’s on the menu for vegetarians?

As well as risotto, you can opt for gazpacho to start or Norfolk asparagus or raw vegetables with honey-glazed walnuts and whipped ricotta.

border london shoreditch restaurant reviewWe also noted this side of grilled hispi cabbage with citrus and juniper butter (£5.50)

Room for dessert?

There is a short list of four desserts and a cheese plate. Our knickerbocker glory was just fine, but suffered compared to a recent great at Upstairs at the George. But we also had this banger…

border london shoreditch restaurant reviewPecan Pie with Earl Gray Ice Cream (£8) – a truly glorious pie, all melty and delicious with particularly good ice cream and a lovely piece of unbilled crumble.

And the drinks?

Most of the wine list is in the £30-£40 territory with an almost exclusively Miraval selection of roses. Our choice of an organic Soave from the Pieropan Estate (£52) was really, really nice. It should be noted that Boundary has a late license for the bar – it will open until 1am before too long and it will be very convenient if you are in the area. They will also soon have one of our favorite things – a cocktail cart.

General thoughts

Anyone who remembers the Albion of yesteryear will be pleasantly surprised at how different this new space is. We can easily see ourselves coming here for a late night snack and drink – any decent new watering hole in Shoreditch is always a good thing. It was the first day of service and the staff are clearly eager to welcome locals and visitors. Go ahead – we think you’ll enjoy it.

Learn more about the border

Where is he? 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD

How to book: Book online here.

Learn more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @boundaryldn.

Hot diners dined as Boundary guests. Prices correct at time of publication.

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