Restaurant and Bar in Spitalfields
The Gun is a gorgeous, sophisticated bar in Spitalfields which has recently reopened its doors following a refurb. Located opposite the famous Spitalfields Market, the interior radiates retro chic with earthy colours, leather chairs and low-hanging lamps with fringed shades. There is weathered floral paint work on the walls, bold orange plush velvet curtains and exposed ceiling. The bar stands out with its metallics and packed back bar.
When we first arrived at about 7.30pm on Wednesday, it was pretty bustling meaning there was a little wait for the host to show us our seats. As soon as we had our table, our waitress Stephanie, was all over service – she was super friendly, prepared with recommendations, and keen to go above and beyond. Stephanie had our food arrive in two waves, as not to overload our table, and even suggested the bread to nibble on whilst we waited. She told us the butter which is whipped in-house is really good and we absolutely agree!
The Small Plates
The menu at The Gun features an eclectic mix of European sharing plates, brunch on Saturday and roasts on Sunday. There are 13 sharing plates ranging from corn & avocado tempura (vegan) to shredded duck rillette, as well as a handful of nibbles, sides and a few larger platter style options.
The local sourdough (£3.50) which comes with homemade whipped butter was an incredible nibble. It is a must order for whilst you’re waiting for the sharing plates. The bread is soft and really tasty. The butter when we visited was sage & onion – it was SO creamy, potent in flavour and utterly delicious. We couldn’t get enough!
The Prawn Pil PIl (£9) with chilli oil and garlic butter & basil, was a favourite of the night. The prawns were super juicy, and the butter rich with garlic and plenty of herbs coming through too. We loved dipping the bread in the melted butter once we had devoured the prawns.
The Shredded Duck Rillette (£8) was a little different to expected. A little like pulled pork, yet cold, it was almost like a shredded duck pate. Alongside a tangy, chunky homemade piccalilli, it was pretty tasty paired with the toasted sourdough although didn’t quite make the favourite list.
The Beef & Date Meatballs (£7.50) were also served in a way we didn’t quite expect but were absolutely delicious. They were warm and succulent, served medium rare with a pink middle. The taste had a sweet touch from the date, but finished with a slight heat which we didn’t see coming. They were served with a creamy, mild creme fraiche and crunchy hazelnut. This balanced the flavours and completed the dish well.
More Small Plates
The Baked Tomino Cheese (£8.50) with rosemary honey & sourdough, was our sure fire winner of the evening. It was basically like a mini baked camembert, yet milder in flavour. It had a formed edge, yet was fabulously oozy, and melted. The rosemary and honey were perfect additions, and altogether it made for one fantastic dish alongside the thinly sliced, toasted sourdough.
The Curly Kale (£5) with chilli & confit garlic, is one great side dish – you do need some greens when you have so much meat, cheese and bread. The kale is beautifully wilted, and not soggy. It is very potent in garlic flavour, with a good chilli kick from the fresh chillis.
The Crispy Jersey Royals (£6) made a superb change to the usual chip side order. They had been roasted/fried to give them a thicker, tasty skin, yet were still soft. The Romesco Sauce served alongside was slightly tangy, the texture reminding us a little of pesto. The Rosemary salt always a winner on a potato dish.
The drinks list features quite an extensive list of wine, as well as a great selection of cocktails, a number of G&Ts, spirits, beers and soft drinks. The Winter Fruit Cup (£11) with Appleton Signature Rum, Grand Marnier, Amaro Averna and lemon tonic, was a fab twist on a pimms. Potent, yet refreshing.
We loved The Safety Catch (£12). With Appleton Signature Rum, orange & bergamot sherbet, lemon, pale ale, it was a light, fresh mix of flavours with a slightly sour edge.
Beretta 75 (£11) was a beautiful, lightly sparkling drink, with a sophisticated edge. Featuring Aperol, orange, lemon, aromatics and Pignoletto, it had a citrus edge, and almost a touch of summer. The Copperhead Collins (£14) was another citrus-y option. Consisting of Copperhead gin, Lemon, sugar, orange juice, soda, it felt a tad tropical and was easy-drinking and very tasty.
The Gun is a sophisticated, cool and relaxed retro-chic bar in Spitalfields. With fantastic cocktails, a great selection of sharing plates you can go hungry, or just for nibbles, with superb service the whole way through.
The Gun is hosting resident DJs alongside regular entertainment too, so we will definitely be heading back to check this out. The upper level looked great for private bookings as we watched a party enjoy the space.
East London Girl: The Gun
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