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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Book Club


The Book Club is a trendy hangout situated in an old Victorian warehouse building in Shoreditch, just a five minute walk away from Old Street Station. One of its major selling points is the constantly changing lunch menu, which rotates almost entirely every two weeks, although we are informed that the ever popular British classic ham, egg and chips is a constant feature.

We visited The Book Club for lunch and found that the menu offers a wide selection of dishes, including a variety of seafood and an impressive number of vegetarian options: four out of the twelve options were vegetarian at the time of writing. This is admirable, although perhaps not surprising given the sort of clientele a bar/restaurant of this calibre is going to attract in Shoreditch.

We went for the Aberdeen Angus beef burger with caramelised onion, homemade barbecue sauce and thick cut chips, together with the spinach and ricotta lasagne, garlic bread and Italian salad. The burger was, frankly, huge, and required a knife and fork to be eaten with any dignity, but nonetheless we felt the portion size was just right. It was perfectly cooked, with just a tin hint of pink meat left in the centre. The barbecue sauce was delicious and complemented the burger excellently, also going well with the thick cut chips which were light and fluffy. The lasagne was good and did not suffer from a lack of filling like some vegetarian variants do, and the side of garlic bread was deliciously buttery and not too overpowering; something that is easy to get wrong with homemade garlic bread.

The kitchen at The Book Club also offers breakfast and dinner menus can be found to host events throughout the month. These vary from speed dating nights to table tennis tournaments, so it is always worth checking out any night. There will always be something going on, and if there isn't at least you can get a good meal.

100 – 106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH

Average price for main meal: £8-10
Average price for a glass of wine: £4.50
Food/Drink: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Value: 4/5

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