Typing Room and Peg + Patriot — London, UK
Located in the space formerly occupied by Nuno Mendes’ Michelin-starred Viajante, Typing Room has a tough act to follow. Yet the restaurant, based in Unlisted Collection’s Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green, has made its own indelible mark since opening in May. The first solo venture of chef Lee Westcott, Typing Room is a no-fuss journey through refined European cuisine and offers a refreshingly succinct menu that’s a solid testament to his flair for thoroughly crowd-pleasing dishes. Innovative concoctions include crispy fish skin with smoked cod and dill. The purity of the food harmonises with the clean interiors, designed by Ariana Rees Roberts and Lucinda Johnson. Lined with oak-parquet and peppered with ceramics, brushed brass and marble, the space is a smooth contrast to the dark, sexy Peg + Patriot bar across the hall, where Matt Whiley tickles taste buds with unorthodox tipples like the salt beef-flavoured D Groner, mixed with cognac and mustard leaf.