Disco Bistro EC4 is a new culinary residency in St. Paul’s from itinerant chef Carl Clarke, which offers two distinct dining experiences.
Carl’s first solo project, housed within The Rising Sun pub on Carter Lane, is a restaurant of two halves. Downstairs, in what still retains the feel of a ‘proper boozer’, is a bar which serves creative yet sustaining ‘trash food’ to the working lunch and after-office drinks crowd. In the dining rooms upstairs, however, simplicity is the key. A daily changing menu features rare breed meats and day boat fish, all cooked over wood and charcoal on a robata-style grill, paired with seasonal wild and foraged greens.
The pub bar sees the return of some of the staples that have put Carl and his collaborators on the ad-hoc dining map. There’s the lobster corn dog with gooseberry ketchup created by Glyn Gordon (ex-Roganic and L’Enclume), who remain’s Carl’s right hand man, and the French-dipped burger that caused more than a stir at Daniel Young’s Burger Monday. Upstairs expect marginally more decorous pairings of 50 day aged Dexter (one of the smallest breeds of cattle, with a concentrated beef flavour) and smoked stuffed bone marrow, and roe deer and raspberry stout pudding, with spiced pumpkin and pickled elder.
It’s not all about the kitchen though, with general manager Michael Donnelly (ex-Admiral Codrington, Groucho Club, God Save the Clam) heading up a crack front of house team. The wine list has been picked with the help of experienced sommelier and man-about-town Zeren Wilson (Bitten & Written), and features just four reds, four whites and two sparkling numbers, starting at £17 for house bottles.
The main dining room has been designed with the help of British artist and lighting designer Alex Randall, who has adorned the stark, white-washed walls with taxidermy squirrel lamps and the ceiling with a gramophone chandelier. The second, smaller room, is kitted out as a quirky Georgian pantry, made possible thanks to a partnership with architectural salvage company Lassco.
Head on down from 12 November for a heady mix of food, art, punk swagger and most of all, fun.
Win two tickets to the opening night* – just tell me in the comments box the sample dish you’re most looking forward to seeing on the menu. Winner to be picked at random on Friday 2 November.
- Saddleback lardo (pork charcuterie), black treacle & buttermilk
- 50 day aged Dexter beef & smoked stuffed bone marrow
- Roe deer & raspberry stout pudding, spiced pumpkin and pickled elder
- Rose hip jelly & brown bread custard
- Wild sea trout cooked over wood, crispy onions, lime & lavender vinegar
- Crispy lamb breast, sheep’s curd dumplings, black peas & cucumber broth
- Cornish bream, kale and Marmite turnips
- Cheddar & rye doughnuts, quince ketchup
*date subject to change. Prize valid throughout November.