Mare Street Market – The Dining Room
Decked out with vintage chandeliers and art-deco furniture, the Dining Room restaurant offers a feast both for the eyes and the palate, and has just opened at Mare Street Market, London E8.
The 45-cover restaurant serving up modern British dishes is the final addition to the indoor marketplace’s family of local East London producers and artisans.
The Dining Room joins Mare Street Market’s other two current dining spots, the Open Kitchen and the Deli counter, all dedicated to home-grown, quality food and drink.
The space to eat, drink, shop and play was created by local resident Marc Francis-Baum, known for opening a collection of London pubs with Barworks such as Well & Bucket and The Exmouth Arms.
He commented: “Mare Street Market is huge multi-faceted space which includes a large central bar, a deli, off licence, coffee roasting business, florist, pod cast studio, pop-up shop, record shop and a furniture shop all under one roof – and the Dining Room is our latest addition.
“The inspiration for the Dining Room design came about from Pure White Lines – my favourite antique furniture shop in Hackney where I saw furniture that I knew would look beautiful in a restaurant.
“The Dining Room is an Aladdin’s cave of stunning pieces including many different chandeliers, lanterns, trinkets, ornate furniture and artwork – a really magical space where people can enjoy a four course meal with table service in a beautiful environment.”
The antique interior contrasts with the Dining Room’s contemporary menu. Diners are invited to not only admire, but shop whilst they eat with every curated piece in the Dining Room available to purchase.
Head Chef Dominik Moldenhauer, previously of Notting Hill’s The Shed, famed for its farm to kitchen table approach, is overseeing the restaurant’s modern British menu which focuses on traditional techniques such as brining, curing and smoking all carried out in-house, finished on the market’s charcoal fired Robata Grill.
The restaurant’s seasonal menu starts with stand-out dishes such as the delectable Grilled Scallop with Miso Butter, Chilli and Cavolo Nero and Mackerel Ceviche, Clementine, Crisp Fava and Coriander. To warm up those moody winter nights, diners can tuck into the Duck Breast with Chestnut Gnocchi, Girolles and Sherry Butter, or the rich Pastrami Braised Ox Cheek, Parsley Root Puree and Dill Pickle.
There’s also a delicious trio of desserts, including the indulgent Brioche Doughnut with Salted Caramel Sauce, Cardamom Cheesecake Mousse or Oat Milk Rice Pudding with Pistachio.
The Dining Room also offers one of London’s finest Sunday Roasts, where beef sirloin, pork belly and free-range chicken are served with a hearty helping of roasted vegetables and a Yorkshire pudding. The three-course Sunday special is rounded off with a choice of desserts featuring ice cream from the local Hackney Gelato alongside homemade Apple Crumble and a Miso Caramel Banana Split with Peanut Brittle.
Chef Dom has created an entire vegetarian and vegan menu for the restaurant which offers a selection of mouth-watering seasonal dishes. The Pearl Barley Risotto with Roasted Root Veg and Grilled Leek Hearts served alongside Walnut Oil Gremolata, Wild Mushroom and Sorrel will satisfy those with a plant-based palette.
Dominik Moldenhauer says: “With Mare Street Market we wanted to create an all-day concept where you can go from coffee and pastries, to a casual lunch, followed by a 3-course dinner without stepping foot outside.
“The Dining Room offers a refined menu focused on quality, seasonal produce with an unpretentious approach, and the backdrop decorated with vintage chandeliers and furniture is truly something else.”
In keeping with the whole market’s ethos, the Dining Room includes some of East London’s finest and freshest produce at the heart of every dish, from a Hackney local butchery to the neighbourhood’s much-loved secret smokehouse.
Diners can opt for a spot of shopping before dinner in the market’s Rebel Rebel Florist or Stranger Than Paradise record store, or head over to the buzzing bar afterwards for a nightcap with one of the East London Liquor Company cocktails.
Marc Francis-Baum concluded: “Mare Street Market opened in April last year and has been extremely busy ever since. The addition of the new restaurant has worked out very well.
“The success of the market is particularly important to me because Mare Street market is in my neighbourhood. The was originally rather grey council offices until we added massive glazed Crittall windows bringing the space to life with a new neighbourhood facility that caters for everyone.”