The area of Shoreditch has become a trendy place to hang out. We have seen many new restaurants and bars in the area and Urban Coterie is one of them which opened its door in 2015.
The restaurant is located on the 17th floor of the M by Montcalm hotel, which is close to Old Steeet station. It has a urban view that actually has it own beautiful side. Do not miss the view when you dine at Urban Coterie and I would recommend sitting at a window table.
Urban Coterie’s menu is simple with starters, mains and dessert that are covered on one A4 page. The menu changes which aim to provide the best of British seasonal produce.
While we studied the menu and waited for a friend, we started off with some bread that was complimentary at the time we were dining.
As there was no roast scallops left, I decided to order the Clarence Court egg served with Dorset black garlic and trompette mushrooms (£8.50). I added the optional winter black truffle (£6.00) which make this dish a price of a main.
Other starter we ordered is the Brixham crab served with apple and celeriac (£9.50).
For my main, I ordered the Grilled piece of beef served with ceps and Jerusalem artichoke (£21.50). I thought it was beautiful presentation and thought this was the best main on the table.
The Belly of pork, heritage carrot, cavolo nero, grapefruit relish (£18.50) I thought was the most disappointing main. As you will notice from the photo, one of the carrot on the plate was burnt. I know the restaurant was dim lighting but it was very noticeable that one of the carrot was black. As a paying customer I personally would prefer it was not on the plate.
Other main that was ordered on the table was the Monkfish served with cockles, coco beans and hispi cabbage (£19).
Although side dishes are not nescceary, we were did order the Pan fried crosnes with roasted onion puree (£6.50) to share.
I completed my meal with the warm chocolate mousse with pine ice cream (£8.50). I was not expecting to get a chocolate fondant with a sponge texture on the outside and chocolate sauce centre. There was not any part of the dessert it had the texture of a mousse. If I knew it was actually a chocolate fondant, then I would have unlikely to order it.
Other dessert on the table was the Mango, yoghurt, pineapple, chilli, cashwnuts (£8.50).
When we thought our meal have finished, one of the staff brought us some thing sweet which we were told were complimentary from the chef.
Overall, Urban Coterie has a beautiful urban view but the food on the evening was a bit of a miss and hit. Each dish was presented beautifully, even with a burnt carrot. But the food was only luke warm and every one on the table agreed that the food needed to be warmer.
(Prices and menu correct at the time of dining)
151-157 City Road,