Sadly Eastside closed its doors on 2nd September 2010. The following notes are of historical interest only.
Eastside Bistro was the casual side of Bjorn van de Horst’s Eastside, but as of March 2010 this is now the main format throughout. The open kitchen adds to an exciting, vibrant atmosphere in the dining room. The menu was limited but appealing, with starters £6.96 - £9.95, main courses £13.95 - £17.95 and desserts £6.95. There was a short but sensible wine list. The bread, from Boulangerie de Paris, was unusually good here. Both white and brown bread were from large loaves and have excellent texture.
At my most recent meal we began with enjoyable cheese goujeres; sometimes these potentially lovely creatures can be a let down, but here there was sufficient cheese flavour to work well (15/20). A starter of sardines was served with tapenade and frisee lettuce in place of the advertised rocket, along with excellent sourdough toast. This was a straightforward dish, but nicely made (14/20). Even better was a deceptively simple dish of roast lobster. The flesh had been removed from the shell, which was then stuffed with a paste made from lobster meat, garlic, Swiss chard and breadcrumbs, before the lobster meat was placed back in the shell. This gave an extra dimension to the dish, and the lobster itself, so often overcooked in restaurants, was here beautifully tender (easily 16/20). I also liked the bold seasoning of the matchstick chips on the side. Prawns, chilli and garlic was also enjoyable, as written about previously. Service was fine tonight.
Further reviews: 01st Mar 2010