Brawn

4.7
545 reviews
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£25 and under
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European
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
Brawn is located on Columbia Road in Bethnal Green. A neighborhood restaurant and bar cooking food that is within the season and sourced through as many local suppliers and producers within our community. On Sundays when the flower market is in full swing, we cook Sunday Lunch for £33 per head. The table is filled with a selection of starters, then a main course followed by pudding. A perfect way to spend Sundays.

Brawn opened in late 2010 to great critical acclaim receiving 5 stars from Fay Maschler in the Evening Standard, and a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2011.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
European, Bistro, Wine Bar
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Hours of Operation

Monday: 6pm - 10:30pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 10:30pm

Friday- Saturday: 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 11pm


Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
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Phone number
020 7729 5692
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Ed Wilson
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Public Transit
Hoxton - Overground
Bethnal Green - Central Line (15 mins walk)
Bus Routes 55, 48
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

Brawn in Shoreditch might be one of the city’s best neighbourhood restaurants. One that might even make you want to change neighbourhoods.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 545 People Are Saying
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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a really wonderful restaurant.

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AD
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience - knowledgeable, friendlywjo have a good understanding of the wine and food . Grest selection of wine.

Food was excellent and service was great.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the evening was perfect!
SERVICE, WINE, FOOD & ATMOSPHERE
I will be going back.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wonderful service. Would definitly recommend!

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NE
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant to celebrate my birthday with friends. It was a Friday night and it was busy. All the tables were full including the seating at the bar, but this didn't affect the quality of the service at all, it just made for a lively atmosphere, which I like. We entered the restaurant into a bustling bar area and we were quickly escorted to our table. We were in the next room, seated at an amazing table next right next to the open kitchen, where you could see the remarkably calm chiefs busy creating their dishes (I was later told this was the chefs' table). We ordered Sprats, Burrata, Squid starters followed by Pork chops, Crab linguini and Cod. Everyone loved their food (plus we all had a taste of each others, of course!), the dishes seemed simple, but there were some carefully crafted taste combinations going on. To sum up, Brawn has a unique combination of great service, quality food, in a vibrant atmosphere, a combination that is hard to find and comes highly recommended by me.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighbourhood restaurant. Been several times and never disappointed. Absolutely fantastic wine list.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere... An almost archetypal East London combo of creative quirks (not least the extensive wine list), casual friendliness and serious attention to ingredients and flavours. (Many similar local restaurants have tried this but many have also failed to pull it off quite as successfully and consistently as Brawn.)

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SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An extensive wine list by the bottle, with an exceptional selection by the glass, too. I love that there is always an 'orange' wine available by the glass, too. Food was of a very high standard, providing a sort of contemporary rustic vibe.
Definitely a 'treat' type meal, as it would be a crime not to have several courses coupled with several glasses of wine, but the price aligns well with the quality. Definitely recommended.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice informal atmosphere and informally presented very good food. Delicious. Only criticism is that the wine list is generally on the pricey side and the Touraine Sauvignon I ordered and which I had expected to be dry and crisp was rather closer to vinegar. I didn't feel that itbreoresented good value at just under £50. But I will go back as I may have been unlucky.

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k
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This was a great find for a Monday night birthday celebration. Superb creative menu in an unstuffy environment. Extensive wine list. They were very busy and we had a long wait between courses but they recognised this and were apologetic. The upside was that we weren't rushed. Will definitely return.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I have celebrated our anniversary at Brawn for the last 6 years - it's always a treat and never fails to deliver the most exquisite, dishes using the best produce available. They are masters in the art of honest simplicity, thanks for a fabulous lunch.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice!! Excellent service

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DJ
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. But the wine is overpriced for what it is. Average quality wine (being from small producers doesn't justify the premium. We had a bottle of french wine with a label that essentially said "this is a simple unpretentious wine") for £40. Surely it wasn't worth £7 in a good wine shop)

Apart from that, all great.

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DW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I booked on Monday for the coming Sunday lunch and the restaurant forgot to change their set menu from the last Sunday. Hence on the day we were told that they got a complete different set menu from what we expect, so they have no duck leg and only pork belly is available as main course. The waitress said that they only put sample menu online but I don’t think that is true, as Brawns serves set menu only on Sunday so they usually change the menu to the latest one. My family don’t usually eat pork but we got no choice and the pork is very very fat. The sardines for starter also got a cheap feeling for the taste. I don’t think I will return any time soon.

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RB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Interesting natural wine list with staff that well informed to give advice. The atmosphere and decor are completely charming.

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NE
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such amazing flavours in an intimate but buzzing atmosphere. Loved it.

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c
London
23 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent restaurant in a foodie neighbourhood. Noise levels tolerable and service not fast but friendly. Wine list enticing but some bottles not cheap at all. One to go to for a special occasion

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HS
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, food and wine recommendation. Catered for my dietary requirements (coeliac) without any fuss or problems.

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an excellent neighbourhood restaurant, with an interesting menu which changes regularly. You can go for a standard 3 course meal or choose from the wide range of starters and pre-starters to do a tapas-style sharing meal. All the dishes we had were very tasty, great ingredients and we particular enjoyed the raw scallop and the sfincione. Bread was excellent and in geneerous supply. The wine list is extensive and contains bottles with eye-watering prices but luckily there were a few at more affordable prices and our bottle of rose was delicious.
Noise levels a bit high - probably due to the hardsurfaces, no one seemed to be shouting. The ocasional music was a bit superfluous.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for my husband's birthday. He said it was the best food he'd had in London in years. Service was great too and it was nice being able to see the kitchen, which seemed very efficiently run. Will definitely go back soon!

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JP
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Brawn for our 10th anniversary celebration and couldn't have been happier with our evening there. All of the food was excellent, but two dishes in particular (the cold roasted aubergine and the pork chop) were unforgettable -- we still can't stop talking about them. Our main server (young man from Liverpool -- I'm sorry that we can't remember your name!) was very knowledgeable about the menu, as well as friendly and efficient. Thank you to your team.

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p
London
13 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food & great ambiance, highly recommend the restaurant

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l
London
15 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food :)

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RB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I picked Brawn because of its location - I needed to view something and meet up with family and friends before heading home. I could not have chosen better. As it was a Sunday the menu is set, but what a menu, absolutely delicious. We could have had oysters to begin with but chose not too. We were given a Greek salad, sardines with tomato and nectarines with ham plus bread to share - we wolfed it all. My daughter was so impressed with the bread that she asked where it came from.... not made on site but they had chosen so well.
The main course was pork collar, we were all a little concerned as I hate very fatty meat and the others because pork has a tendency to be dry. This was luscious and succulent and the accompaniments were perfect.
Cheese is an optional extra that we indulged in before our light as air strawberry millefeuille.
We had interesting and good wines.
The staff were friendly delightful. All in all a good experience and one that I hope to repeat soon.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Really delicious food here on a first-time visit. Great date night!

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AC
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here after my daughters graduation. It was a lovely choice. I’m picky, having eaten out at top notch restaurants quite a bit, but this place was fabulous. Service exemplary, ambiance lovely, menu invitingly interesting and food quality very high. Wish I lived closer. Thoroughly recommend.

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S
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I have eaten here lots of times before, but unfortunately the main course, in the £28 set menu, was very disappointing this time round.
Lacking flavour in any of the components, not a cohesive dish, and swimming in an oily tasteless ‘jus’.
I won’t hurry back.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This is third time I’ve been, last two times we’re great, this time was a bit of a let down. Had a table booked for 8.45, we arrived at 8.35 but got seated after 9.18pm. Waited another 20 minutes until we were able to order drinks and the wine took nearly 25 minutes to come, so it was almost 10pm by the time the wine came and had to ask twice where the wine was. Food was fine but we’d all lost a bit of interest by then. It felt very chaotic and more hectic than the previous times we’ve been, not sure why. No apology for delays. Probably go back for lunch but not a weekend for dinner. Great food let down by service. If this review was for food I’d give it 4/5

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T
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing place. We had many food allergies in our group which were navigated with ease. The waiter alao helped pair wine and he got it just right for my taste!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful evening, seated us where we wanted to upon request, service was great and the food sumptuous. Really enjoyed our evening and will definitely go back again

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FD
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place with small menu but very high quality cooking. The dishes have a faint Italian influence to them. the wine menu was huge but as it was lunch time i was not drinking as when a start i cant stop. The dish are all very well put together with a great mix and exciting flavors. would recommend for sure to any one. it is slightly pricey at about 20 pounds a main dish.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All delicious! All delicious! All delicious! All delicious!

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n
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a table at Brawn for dinner while we were staying in London. The quality of the food was fantastic, and the service, particularly our knowledgeable and enthusiastic server Alex, was superb. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone staying or visiting the Shoreditch area but it's also well worth a detour.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep trying the new comers in East London, and we keep finding them disappointing vs Brawn. Still our favourite place in that part of London.

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i
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have been here before and had a table in the centre of the back room and it was much better. This time we had a table in the back corner of the front room and we had a few bugs and mosquitos coming on us and falling from the window to our table, which wasn't pleasant.
Plus we were felt isolated and out of the atmosphere. The food was good, specially the starters were great, main a little expensive for the sizes, but tasty and cooked well. Desserts were nothing special. If I go back I will ask for a better table and take more small plates and no dessert.

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H
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went as a group of 4 and shared a lot of plates. The food was lovely, great wine and service just a little pricy but no complaints at all. Would recommend.

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JC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Have dined a couple of times at Brawn and always enjoyable. A perfect venue for a Sunday lunch. Always interesting produce prepared with care. Highly recommend

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a
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brawn is perfect for a Sunday lunch after a stroll of East London Markets.
The food is incredibly delicious, seasonable and great wine

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n
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and amazing unique wine list (natural wines only). accomodating chef too. great ambiance.

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CL
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

Fantastic food but unfortunately the acoustics in the front part of the restaurant made it a very noisy experience (especially when the coffee machine kicked into action!). The back room looked more cosy so is maybe quieter but wasn't open for lunch

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