1930's theme going on
Sometimes scantilly clad performers between courses (and that's just the men)
Singers and brilliant cabaret performances
British food + local art on the walls
Another truly happening Shoreditch venue
There are much better reasons to visit Brick Lane than Brickhouse (and no, curry isn't among them, I live in Tooting remember, I need not trek an hour on the tube for tikka!). I went here with a mycitydeal (groupon, whatever) voucher, and was glad I did - it was something to experience, but not at full price.
There are two aspects to Brickhouse: the food, and the entertainment. I'll address each seperately as god knows, they don't particularly go terribly well together!
The food is OK. We had soup (courgette and rosemary, celery and stilton, with a perfectly poached gg but no stilton I could detect), then salmon. The salmon was excellently cooked, as was the fondant potato, but the dish was a little greasy. I think they use cheap olive oil - the stuff that came with the bread was almost tasteless. The cheese plate is fair enough for a pre-decided selection - but two crackers each, with 3 cheeses... the maths doesn't work on that one. Eating gorgonzola off your knife isn't very good etiquette so we had to leave it. As an aside, the fig that came with the cheese was great. Dessert was probably the low point - the flavour was a touch glade-plug-in, likely because the panna cotta had obviously sat there for, ooh, a day, I'd say. it was rubbery. But the sorbet on top was lovely. Overall, every dish had excellent elements, and then something that let it down.
Then the entertainment. I'm sort of speechless. I didn't know what to expect but it wasn't this! One man and two women putting on a show. It was an American theme, so we had a reverend and some wrestling characters. And a woman in a bra being a cat. And the same woman dislocating her shoulder. It's as mad as it sounds and I still can't make head nor tail of it - we certainly laughed, but I don't know whether it was meant to be funny in some parts...
What they should do is match the food to the cabaret - a burger would've gone down nicely with the american theme!
Anyway, we had a fun night. I wouldn't go back but it was an experience. I've downgraded to two stars because the atmosphere - on a Tuesday night - was a little lacking. The lighting was wrong, or the crowd or... can't put my finger on it but can imagine at the weekend it's a little more riotous.
Strange upscale cabaret restaurant offering continental cuisine on Brick Lane. It feels as if it was inspired by Bistrotheque - with a better location. I came here on a date... I'm sure it was chosen because it's a relatively swish establishment among the sea of rougher eating outlets and curry houses that is Brick Lane.
The entrance is pretty awkward - the coat check is *right there* when you walk in - and that's *all* you see, such that you don't get the feeling that this is a nice restaurant, rather that it's some kind of underground cabaret club that you accidentally stepped into - there's nothing but black curtains everywhere. The coat check man was super friendly though, we handed him our coats and he directed us inside.
There are three levels to the restaurant.... all overlooking the main stage. Everything is very white - it almost has the feel of some minimalist cruise ship since there is literally no decoration - just the railings, the tables, and the white walls. We were seated on the second floor, and my date was kind enough to give me the seat with the better view of the soon-to-be entertainment.
The menu is pretty limited... just a handful options for each of the starter, entrée, and dessert categories. The wine list, however, was much longer than the menu - and offered a fairly well-thought-out selection of reds, whites, and roses.
My date had a salad and a partridge dish; I ordered sautéed greens and the sea bass. Both dishes came out very very fast... the staff seems to know when the show starts and is very intent on getting people their food and making sure they are happy with it beforehand. Absolutely no complaints about what we ordered - it was all tasty and well-prepared.
The show lasted for about a half an hour. It was mostly your standard burlesque act with a few women singing and dancing around in corsets and feather boas; not at all conducive for conversation, so it might be good for a first date where you need some downtime distraction. I do have to mention, however, that during one of the last show segments a woman started her routine with a feather boa, but was soon sporting nothing but a red thong and tittie tassels - it was at this point I was pretty glad my date's back was to the stage so that I was the only one privileged enough to have a full-view. Oy.
All said, it was an interesting night. The crowd was not your typical Shoreditch crowd - lots of businessmen types. Definitely something to look into if you're after a cool and different, yet polished, dining experience in the area.
We went to The Brickhouse last night after getting Groupon vouchers to go. We arrived at 8pm and were seated in the 'Royal Box'. This was as good as it got.
It took about 20 minutes for the waitress to bring us the wine menu and we only got to order our food at 8.40pm.
The starters took an hour and a half to arrive, I had cold cannelini bean soup, which tasted not dissimilar to the juice from a tin of cannelini beans, I left most of it. It was another hour before the main dish arrived (by now it was 10.30pm) and the show was on it's last 2 minutes. The recommended red wine for £18 a bottle was more like a £3.99 corner shop fiasco, barely drinkable.
Two of our party reguarly made trips to the bar to buy drinks (on another floor through a crowd) as this was quicker than finding a waitress.
The show was not as described, there was no burlesque, and the award winning preacher was not there. One of the performers had alot of child abuse jokes and self-harm/suicide jokes which left alot of the audience cringing/disgusted and this was the opening act.
Overall a poor service. Waiting 2 and a half hours for the main course is not on. As such they didn't get the 12.5% service charge from us. The only reason we didn't leave to get a curry was the fact we had pre-paid. The show would not have stopped us walking out had we not already paid.
I wouldn't recommend The Brickhouse to any of my friends. I am aware you can get show tickets for £10, so if anything go for a curry on Brick Lane, then pop in to see the show - my advice would be to wait until a new one is on.
I do enjoy looking at the photos of venues that I've been too and then befuddling myself as to wether or not I actually went there. This mainly happens when I go to a press event and someone hands me a complimentary cocktail too many.
Slap bang in the middle of Brick Lane you have this gem of a venue, a "Supper Club" some like to call it, serving decent fancy food and tasty drinks. The whole atmosphere is very secret, with a single black door leading into this wide, high ceiling room. Yet it falls short a little. I came here on a "club night" which meant that the tables were cleared away and it was a lovely open space to dance and mingle in. But for some reason, I just wasn't blown away. Lovely for dinner and drinks, but with the hefty price tag it doesn't quite attract the right kind of east Londoners, making the atmosphere a little, well, stuck up!
The most recent addition to the Truman Brewery family, The Brickhouse aims to bring a touch of class to this cobbled East-End street. Set over three floors there is a real attempt to create an original and edgy look to the place which unfortunately doesn't quite work. The decor is too sharp and unforgiving and simply ends up making you a little confused as to the identity of the place. They haven't made the most of the space on offer.
The drinks menu is nothing spectacular offering a fairly standard range of cocktails for £7 a pop. Lagers, wines and spirits are also available but don't expect anything out of the ordinary.
A stage area means there is opportunity for live performances featuring cabaret, burlesque and jazz.
The location of this venue almost assures its success and as Brick Lane remains on the up and up its only going to become saturated with more and more of these venues. I didn't get on with the Brickhouse because, unlike some of the other venues littering the street, there is no sense of attachment to the history of this street nor any particular ethos or identity.
Last Saturday saw The Brickhouse host a party with the Sunday Happy Day DJ crew (Miss Bailey, Ben Jamin, Soul II Soul). It was the second time they'd presented their evening; "The Lick", the first of which was 6 months ago, but this was the first one I'd been to.
The restaurant is fully functioning in the evening, so you do get straggling diners come 11pm when the DJ kicks in. This isn't really a problem, but it means the tables in the balconies (there are 2) are sometimes occupied for longer (especially when the music is so great, which is what happenend on Saturday....).
The venue itself is very cool and has a patio/decking area outside, which I believe is undergoing some refurbishment soon. It has a bar on the ground floor serving far-too-drinkable cocktails. Then there's the 1st balcony comprising of dining tables and the 2nd balcony which has its own bar and bed-type loungers perfect for resting those weary feet after a few hours dancing to the happy beats.
I can't judge this place on the quality of the food, but based on the party of the eve it gets a big two thumbs up (and two hands in the air). And judging by the packed dance floor I'd say the rest of the revellers agreed.
More Sunday Happy Days at Brickhouse please.
I went to the bricklayers on Brick lane a few days ago, and it is massive. There are three floors where you can eat drink and chill out. I wasn't hungry enough to have a full meal but I did have a few nibbles.
In my eyes, the atmosphere was great, I mean it is on one of the most buzzing streets in London, with all what is going on outside and nearby, some of the street traffic stumbles in here.
I only could stay for an hour and had a couple of drinks, but I saw on some flyers that they actually have live burlesque themes performances taking place here, so I will definitely be heading back here just to see what that is all about. It is also reasonable in price so I don't have a bad word to say about it. As for food, if you dont fancy anything on the menu, there are about 200 curry houses next door (Brick Lane!!!).
Fantastic place for a night out: quirky corners, cool drinks, great entertainment. I haven't dined there yet but I am impressed of the venue since its relaunch. Check it out for a fun evening!
I don't remember very much of the night, but the dj's vinyl discs were awsome!! Anyway, the white design made me feel in hospital maybe because that's what I needed
Went to the Brickhouse on Friday 2nd of December for 'date night' with a bit of a Christmas twist. They were serving their Christmas menu and the entertainment was apparently Christmas themed.
I'll start with the food, as that was the part that was the most disappointing. I ordered for starter swordfish carpaccio with balsamic glaze and crushed pinenuts. You couldn't actually taste the swordfish as the balsamic and pinenuts were so over-powering it was literally all you could taste.
There also started the chefs facination with crushed nuts. He must have read about it recently because they appeared on every course. Baked onto the poussin, and over the dessert too. Making everything have the same ground up texture and taste which wasn't a good thing.
For my main course I had the Poussin with 'grilled mint courgettes' and roasted root vegetables to share. The poussin was okay (minus the crushed nuts baked onto the skin) and the grilled mint courgettes were cold. Not sure if that was deliberate or not. What really riled me was the roast veg to share. It was no more than a saucer of small pieces of veg to share between two people. Not exactly what I'd call a Christmas dinner portion.
The desserts were okay. Again, nothing to write home about and covered in strange crushed things as a garnish.
Now for the entertainment. Like the food, it was a bit lacklustre. Four performers and a hostess doing two acts each. I've seen a lot better and with performers who actually look like they are enjoying being there too.
Overall, I'd say it was okay for the ambience and service, but don't go there and expect amazing food. There were a lot of work christmas parties in there (as you'd expect at this time of year). I think there's some deals out there where you can try it out for cheap but if you pay full price like I did, you'll leave feeling a little bit cheated.
I first went to The Brickhouse in with week it first opened back in October last year when it was in its soft launch phase and to be honest was roundly unimpressed. The interior is stylish enough and quite interesting - it is built across 3 floors with booths and tables on the 1st floor and lounging-style beds on the 2nd floor and the ground floor has a stage and the floors above are cut away so each floor can see what's going on on the stage which is the 'twist' that The Brickhouse brings to the restaurant scene in London - they have number of cabaret acts that perform while you dine. On the night that we went they were testing out an act and the one we saw I am pretty sure they did not hire again and it was painful some kind of curious poetry one by one all of us in our group sidled out to have a smoke while it was going on. However, i hear from friends that have been since that the entertainment is now pretty good some good burlesque style performers and trapeze artists (a kind of static trapeze, not the circus kind). The other thing The Brickhouse offers is fine dining, and again on the night i first went it was way off the mark - we were having drinks so had canapes which were overpriced, over complicated and franky rubbish. However, i recently went back for lunch and really enjoyed the food (i had a double fish 2 course meal) ... it was still a tiny bit over fancy and the chef likes foam far too much, but it was good. All in all, The Brickhouse, has a really fresh and new restaurant concept - mix of cabaret as you dine (sometimes lying down on beds) in a warehouse minimalist style building and is definitely worth a try. And if you do, and there's about 8 of you then i suggest you book the private room - it is really great.
Shock Shock is pretty fucking cool which is great if cool is your thing. as in east London cool. The venue is to be amazing this time. All things at Brick House are pretty fantastic so if you're gonna do Shock Shock you'd do well to do it this time around.
We came out of the restaurant a bit confused. Food was cooked and well presented, although I wouldn't really sell it as a 4-course meal, although technically it was. The pea soup was excellent, but came in a rather tiny wini bowl. The fish was excellent and really tasty. The third course was a tiny wood board with cheese and pickles to share. The fourth course was an excellent lemoney panna cotta with raspberries sorbet. Good wine list and excellent service. On top of that there was live entertainment (burlesque) which is the main reason why we wanted to go there. There were 3 performances and I would say they were really good and funny. So what's the problem? The performances were very short...probably a fourth one would have done the trick. There wasn't much atmosphere..too bright and very little cabaret-style...plus don't book at 7 as the place is completely empty. The fish and the burlesque lady sticking a spoon up her nose were the piece de resistance of the evening..however, would I recommend it to my friends? I think not. Why? Because, I wasn't quite impressed by the overall experience, but can't really pinpoint what it was. Probably I was expecting less nice food and bit more performances in a place with slightly more atmosphere. Yes. This is why.
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