Restaurant Review: FIX

This east London eatery offers an intriguing flexible menu concept in a relaxed cafe-style environment

Situated in on Morning Lane in east London, easy walking distance between Hackney Central and Homerton stations, is the very trendy restaurant FIX.

With a wonderful concept of either creating your own tapas experience, which they call the mixFIX, or choosing from one of two taster menus, the FIXup or fullFIX, you’ll experience beautiful, artistically presented food, the friendliest service, delicious cocktails and a relaxing atmosphere.

I wanted to take my sister Jules, who was over from Dubai, as my plus-one: just a couple of single ladies checking out a potential dating spot for future reference. I can tell you now that FIX got two thumbs up from us girls.

The welcome here was one of the most pleasant I’ve ever experienced. Co-owner Anna Downham made sure that we were well looked after from start to finish, and her staff’s friendly manner could be felt across the whole room. Chef James Cochran was really enthusiastic and passionate about the food he was presenting to his guests, and he had good reason to be – the flavours he put together were truly exceptional. You could certainly tell that a lot of his inspiration came from growing up by the sea, as the fish dishes were particularly wonderful. He also came out to chat about how he’d made certain dishes, and he had us enthralled. Our fullFIX included sourdough, Whitstable Bay ale, Montgomery cheddar and cauliflower; treacle-cured smoked salmon and cod roe with gin and apple jelly; 55-day-aged pork belly with celeriac and sea aster; and salted caramel doughnuts with cream cheese shake (though I believe the menu changes from time to time).

The venue itself is bright and cheerful; it has an open and spacious cafe vibe that is simple and convivial. The wooden tables and chairs are spread out across the room so it’s easy to have a first or second dinner date without feeling like others are listening in or sitting on your lap.

FIX certainly has a retro edge to its style, too, with its old bookshelves, melted candle wax over bottles, fairy lights, black-and-white photos in frames, neon signs and brightly coloured painting of an 80s disco diva on the wall. When the sun went down, the room was lit by the sparkle of tea lights that were scattered around and the pinky-purple glow of the branded neon sign hanging in the centre. This gave the venue a really romantic and beautiful touch.

At such good value for money, I wouldn’t hesitate to say that this is a great option to take a date if you’re in east London, whether you’re in the mood for a Fashion Killer cocktail, a glass of wine or a fullFIX. It’s a gem!

To find out more, visit www.restaurantfix.co.uk. Follow Lisa Coleman on Twitter at @Lisa_D_Coleman.

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