Great place, food was good and the service was friendly.
A beautiful room, really nice ambience and great food- would definitely go again. We went for an anniversary and it was perfect for us
Great interior, with a modern 1930's interior by the UK designers Barber Osgerby. Food was very good on the whole, the Salmon Gravalax, the Ribeye etc, we enjoyed our 8 party lunch. A little bit difficult to hear, this could be improved.
One of my favourite spots for brunch on a weekend, the atmosphere is always friendly and the music from the string quartet just the icing on the cake. The food is delicious although I do wish more of the breakfast options were available at Brunch. The service is usually top notch just this time felt our main waiter was a little dismissive, but we all have our bad days and this really didn't ruin anything.
Overall I love this place!Every time I bring someone there for the first time they are shocked at how great the food and ambience is and that they have walked straight past the Flower shop front so many times and never knew it was there.
Service was chaotic from the moment we walked in. We went specifically for afternoon tea, but were told by our server there was no afternoon tea. (The server was wrong - they just hadn’t put the menus out yet, which we heard another staff member tell him later. There was no apology.) We had to scramble to order tea and cakes a la carte. Overall not a good experience.
wonderful brunch on Sunday, we walked into the restaurant through a fragrant flower shop and were greeted by the coolest string quartet playing Salt & Pepper's push it!
Food was great the dining room is beautiful
Lovely food, nice atmosphere, pleasant service. Will come again
Loved our experience. I booked for 8 but at the last minute I had 12 and they were super helpful rearranging to fit us all in. The food was delicious, the ambience was great, the bar next door was lively but didn’t overspill into the restaurant. I would definitely be going back. Only comment is that as it was pricier for drinks it would be for a special occasion rather than a regular visit.
Good ratio of eggs on my eggs on toast. Price was good as well.
The atmosphere was lovely and the food great, however the service was... interesting! The girl was sweet but completely misunderstood our order every time! It became kind of funny though. Great pancakes and the string quartet is very unique.
Great food, lovely venue, terrible service. Been here several times before, but really disappointed this time. Brusque, offhand waiter that seemed to forget about our table halfway through the meal. Dessert wines ordered were completely forgotten about. Eventually brought by another member of staff who left one glass of port and one of red wine when we'd ordered two ports. When we complained, we were told the restaurant was short-staffed - no attempt to own the problem, no apology. Really disappointing, but hopefully it was just a bad weekend.
One of my fave brunch spots in London. Love the live music, delicious food and bloody good Bloody Mary's
Food was good and reasonably priced, but service was atrocious. Took 20 mins to be asked for drinks, and we had to prompt the waiter. Then took another 15 to be asked about food, and we had to prompt the waiter again.
Nice place but food and service was really not good
More vegetarian/vegan options would be appreciated.
Really nice restaurant. Good space for a birthday. The french waiter was really helpful and patient with us. He helped us with our menu choices. Clean, good food. Cheeseburger was nice. Ace hotel, next door nice place to relax in as well
Perfect for a relaxed breakfast.
Just the coffee was not to our taste.
Always a pleasure at Hoi Polloi! Great food, cool decor and friendly staff. Great for brunch!
Brunch with some unusual but tasty combinations. Nice chilled atmosphere with a cool Shoreditch crowd.
always love dining here, service and food were both excellent as usual.
Hoi Polloi is ever a favourite- always comes up with the goods. Also the Quartet was magnificent.
The service was pretty slow. I was waiting 15 minutes after ordering a drink and had to chase it up. Service was poor overall and the food was ok.
Nice and relaxed atmosphere but feel the food is over priced given the portions. I had the seafood linguine and when it arrived it looked like less pasta than a child's portion. I also only had 3 mussels and 3 clams. For £17 i was expecting a full plate of food.
Shame because it was delicious
Went for breakfast food and coffee were both very enjoyable, would go back.
Lovely (breakfast) setting. Friendly service with special question about allergies; thank you so much. Really appreciated. Not so crowded, easy to have a nice conversation at our table. Refill of water is great. Perfect eggs (sunny side up); bacon is enough for 2. Good (filter) coffee and cappuccino. Funny to walk through a small flower shop and walk out via the ACE hotel. Nice atmosphere at the coffee bar.
The best place for Sunday brunch!
Love the live music, coffee is delicious - a smidge pricey but very good. Its a bit of a treat and lovely place to sit with your friends and catch up without noise and chaos. I had booked a table for 3x and was given a small corner table. I asked if we could have a booth but was told they were all fully booked. We were joined by a 4th person so it was very cramped. I'm not sure if all the booths were booked with tables of 3 or 4 but it did feel a bit tight and cramped for 4x people who ate breakfast and had a couple of coffees each. But my party are all very laid back so they were all happy.
Great place! They should make their portions smaller, so you could try more things!
Great food, great service. Chilled atmosphere with a good buzz about it.
I think this is one of my favorite places to eat ever! The food was delicious! The decor was really special. The service was outstanding! Friendliest staff I’ve encountered in London. 😃. Can’t wait to go back!
We stayed at the Ace Hotel in the same building, and we needed a good restaurant for Christmas Day. Since most restaurants are closed that day, we wanted to stay in and eat at Hoi Polloi.
Before the trip I asked the hotel if the restaurant would be open, and the answer was yes.
On the restaurant web page though it said they were open till 16:00, which was too early for our dinner.
To make sure, I also asked in the restaurant at breakfast if it was open, and if they took reservations.
The answer was no.
On OpenTable it was possible to book a table at 19:15, and we did, just to see if it worked.
But since the Hoi Polloi home page said it was closed at night, we figured OpenTable time was a mistake.
(Since we did trust OpenTable on Christmas Eve, and that restaurant sadly enough ended up being totally closed).
So we stayed in the room, googling to find another open place.
I was therefore surprised to find that I had a missed call at the time of my booking.
It turned out Hoi Polloi was open, and they had my reservation.
We went down and got a good table, the restaurant was not at all full.
The staff was not too excited over the guests, and we guessed they too wanted to spend Christmas with family and friends instead of working. The overall feeling was a bit slow and sad.
The menu was quite promising, with some surprising combinations.
We had a pretty good chicken, but two undercooked Onglet steaks. The waiter first forgot one of them, but when i arrived it was cooked very little. We ordered medium rare, as the kitchen recommended, but it was pretty much rare. Our teenager wouldn´t eat much of it. We did not have it sent back, since we were hungry.
In total: We expected more for the price. Maybe Christmas Day was a bad day, but the options were few.
Worst Christmas dinner ever! I would have loved some food that my aunt Margaret couldn’t make in her sleep. And she shops in the Tesco frozen food section.
Love it for breakfast. Very dog friendly. Great team. Gorgeous grub. Noise levels better these days. Highly recommend it 👍🏼🐾
The restaurant is completely open with no hidden areas which can be distracting. Food was good drinks were fine and the service was really good. Overall a nice experience
Went for a client lunch. Expected it look & feel more festive as it just before Christmas. Feels a bit more like a high end airport restaurant.
Food was great - really nice! I had cod on lentils which was beautiful as was the sticky toffee pudding.
Had to ask for water a few times before actually receiving it 20 mins later.
I liked that you can book unlike a lot of other restaurants in the area where it’s walk in only.
The food was absolutely delicious (especially the roast potatoes) and the service was excellent. The portions weren't too big either. We were also sat next to the string quartet which were brilliant and they weren't too loud. I will definitely come back and try the rest of the menu.
We had a very enjoyable experience, i saw lots of different plates of food being served that 8 would like to try.
We had the most wonderful time, very festive, loved the tree and the string quartet added to the ambience. The staff were attentive and the food and cocktails were delicious. The noise level was perfect, we could chat without shouting but still enjoyed the music, all in all it was a very successful lunch 💋