"Shoreditch’s latest dining delight"Review Rating: Reviewed by Laurel
In stark contrast to the fried chicken establishments of recent years, there’s been something of a trend for healthier dining recently with raw/detox/vegan/gluten-free establishments popping up all over the shop recently. Thankfully Strut & Cluck, Shoreditch’s latest dining delight, is a comfortable middle ground - healthy food, but deliciously wholesome and comforting at the same time. Win win.
With a menu inspired by Eastern Mediterranean home cooking it’s packed with big yet mellow fla-vours, lots of spices, plenty of fresh, crunchy veg and, of course, lots of turkey. With a host of shar-ing dishes, smaller starters, hearty salads packed with fresh, jewel-toned ingredients and of course the main event of the big bird, everything looks incredible - allow yourself plenty of time to peruse the menu.
We started with a portion of the smokey aubergine and tahini dip with warm pitta bread and the charred cauliflower; one less flavoursome review I read in a Sunday paper this week talk dirty about this particular dish but I loved it. Served with the a lemon zest infused creme fraiche, Nigella seeds and pomegranate molasses I personally thought it was delicious (though even a quarter is a big portion for two!) We accompanied our starter with a crunchy, juicy salad of roasted halloumi, orange and beetroot with lambs lettuce, roasted walnuts and citrus dressing; just the ticket for a summer supper starter.
For a main there’s a choice of on or off the bone; while I shall definitely be returning to try the sticky wings, the turkey escalope (with matzo-style breadcrumb) was a tasty alternative (and also a huge portion), served with a side of giant couscous, just how the owner’s mum used to make it.
Make sure to leave space for pudding - the levant milk pudding (like a pana cotta) with raspberries, rosewater treacle and pistachios was delicate and light, while the flourless valrhona chocolate mousse cake, served with candied orange peel and creme fraiche is a must-have for any choco-holic.
The restaurant itself is airy and bright, informal and cosy, a bit like sitting round a friend’s scrubbed pine kitchen table for a midweek supper. There staff were super knowledgeable and friendly, filling me in on all the Israeli-style ingredients when I had no idea what anything meant. The cocktail list also comes highly recommended - When Basil Met Ginger, a fusion of ginger and lemongrass in-fused gin with basil leaves and tonic water, is the dream summer beverage after a long day at work. Get Strut & Cluck on your radar - you won’t be disappointed.
Laurel reviewed Strut & Cluck on Thu 04 Aug 2016