8 Hoxton Square

timthumbPhotograph courtesy of barchick.com Words by Shaun Cooney

From the moment you walk into 8 Hoxton Square, you get a familiar feeling. Maybe it’s the banquette running the length of the restaurant, the strange little holes in the table holding the cutlery, or the menu written on three different walls. The reason for this, is 8 Hoxton Square is the second site from the team behind 10 Greek Street. This isn’t a carbon copy, but it’s enough to recognise the brand when you walk through the door.

The menu sticks to the same style as 10, with no defining starters and mains, but enough mix of dishes of varying sizes to enjoy starters and mains from a daily changing menu. Today the menu included whitebait, wild mushrooms and sweet breads to start, the first of which came in such a large portion that they were still being enjoyed during our mains of gnudi (not quite pasta, not quite gnocchi) and whole plaice.

I was expecting something a little different from 8 Hoxton Square to its predecessor, but with much relief all the best bits have been reproduced to give one of the best restaurants of last year a successful second site. My recommendation is to end your meal with salted caramel chocolate tart and two espresso martini’s.

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