An eighties revival for Bistrotheque

An eighties revival for Bistrotheque

Restaurants in Residence, a month-long celebration of London’s pop-up restaurants, reached its climax this weekend with a one-off version of Bistrotheque – one of East London’s coolest eateries.

Hosted in a secret location in Canary Wharf, diners were given a blast from the past with an eighties theme; everything from the menu to the music was inspired by the year 1988.

Described as “somewhere between historical ‘document’ and soap opera”, the menu was simple. Bruschetta or salt duck to start; rice and peas (risotto); coquelet or polenta and courgette for the main; and pavlova followed by espresso and tiramisu. The soap opera was unclear; tables were given names such as ‘Accountants’, ‘HR’, ‘Marketing’, however this was as far as the theme went.

We were also told that the service would be a reminder of the way we used to dine – which we could only assume meant in a time of recession; portions were small and our table were so hungry at the end we were given the staff’s pavlova! Despite this, a good night was had by all, and the impressively-dressed staff did not disappoint.

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