I went here for Ravinder Bhogal's first monthly pop-up 9@TheDispensary.
It was a 9 course Indian/fusion feast, prices at just £39 (but seriously, knock it up to £80-90 when you include drink)s. The food was incredible from beautiful siced aubergine, sweet potato falafel to tandoori chicken and lambchops. Insanely nice. We were there for four hours!
Plus, she came out to meet us afterwards before coffee and turkish delight ice cream. Bliss.
Hmmm ... Nice place. It was a little stuffy for my taste, way too many people in suits.
Good things was that the staff was very friendly and the drinks were good.
Love the building, like the staff and since NatWest closed the huge cheque processing centre on Alie Street, this place seems to have got a lot quieter and Alie Street itself is much seedier than it was only a few years ago.
The Dispensary is architecturally beautiful with a galleried upper floor and stone staircases. If you need to escape the madness that is sometimes Whitechapel, this is a nice place to be.
This pub looks more gastro than it turns out to be. Sure some of the tables upstairs are pre-set for 'gourmands', but there is no deterrent to turning up for a few beers.
And the beer selection is an interesting one. Combine that with a CAMRA reduction and you can see why it was a recent award winner! The bar staff care what they are doing too, which is an underrated bonus, as it is rare.
Very nice looking place. It is a former dispensary (built in 1858) that closed down during the Second World War.
The building itself is beautiful. Also the instruction's I got was "opposite White's Gentlemen's Club". As one who has read way too many romantic novels, I thought it was the White's where all the dark, handsome rich men in my stories went to learn how to box and shoot and stuff. But no, it's a strip bar, so good if you are looking for a strip bar after a few pints.
The acoustics of this place is really bad- may be because of the high ceiling? Drinks- not too expensive and quite yummy (though small) and the bar staff were friendly. They also had free bar snacks on the night we went- spring rolls, sausages etc. But, free food aside (and bought chips), Zara L and I managed to scoff it from hunger and decided it was not worth the high calorie intake (as in ick).
As usual, the sparkling company of my friends saved the day once again, I just wished I wasn't so deaf and could here what they were saying.
*Also BTW "divide and conquer" to get 1 row of 5 tables together so you get lots of seats for a big bday totally doesn't work. Zara L and I ended up chatting to ourselves for a long time whiles everyone else flocked to the bday boy. We even got the table in between us to pass notes around. You've been warned.
I am very impressed by their food: it's freshly made, tasty, reasonably priced and a bit sophisticated too (but not too much). Definitely off the beaten track, it is worth to take a little stroll from Spitalfields.
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