Hoi Polloi

4.3
796 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
Top tags:
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
All day modernist brasserie open for breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, aperitifs, dinner, supper and nightcaps. Power points and wifi provided.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
English
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 07:00-23:30
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Phone number
020 8880 6100
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Matthew Marshal
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Public Transit
Shoreditch High Street Station (overground)
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Entertainment
Strings by Xavior, a string quartet every Saturday & Sunday brunch playing a selection of pop hits.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 796 People Are Saying
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service
4.4
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3.8
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Had the large lamb salad here with a colleague from work, service was quick and ambiance is really nice. I did find £14 a bit pricey and was hungry not too long afterwards but would still recommend if price is not an issue

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Went to celebrate my friends birthday for breakfast which was perfect. Good was great, there was live music and overall just a great experience. The juices were interesting, not the normal kind you get elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on 10 August 2018

Great food and great service on the day we went. You sort of feel like you’re in New York in the 70s! Love the decor...

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5.0Dined on 9 August 2018

Always brilliant every time! All so good and love the acoustics mean you can hear each other even when it’s busy and buzzy!

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Amazing service, really enjoyable food. Had a really great evening. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Trendy place in the heart of shorditch. Good service, delicious food, nice vibe!!

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5.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Breakfast rendevous to celebrate a birthday. Delicious food and imaginative juices in well-designed surroundings, although little daylight so easy to lose track of time. Impeccable service and surprise little birthday cake with a candle was a lovely touch. Would recommend.

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Really attractive decor and a go to for a date or fun meal with friends. New classic cooking. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 16 July 2018

Took my friends here for a birthday dinner & we were all so impressed! The staff were super attentive and extremely helpful! I’m vegan and there were multiple vegan options for starter main and dessert! And I got to have a chocolate browny desert (!!!!) for the first time since converting to veganism (which I was beautifully presented and tasted great)!

If I had been carrying cash I’d have happily tipped on top of the 12.5% service charge!

I’ll definitely go again and try the rest of the vegan options!!😋

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2.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Even thou England was playing in World Cup when we visited the restaurant and we expected delay in service we didn't expect the food to be so lacking. When searching for best places to eat in Shoreditch How Polloi come up regularly but it absolutely did not live up to this rating. the burgers were soggy and the chips were not great. Very unfortunately a poor meal all round.

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4.0Dined on 9 July 2018

Good food, good service. Could hear each other speak, although it wasn't overly busy. Great Desserts! Nice Sides

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4.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Fantastic design, its a gorgeous room to walk into - and then there was a string quartet playing for Sunday brunch... brilliant.
Good menu - the avocado with poached eggs and chili sauce was spicy - my spinach on the side was drenched in butter, which was good for me but not at all good for one of my vegan brunch mates.
Great drinks for detoxing and retoxing - a very fun experience. I would definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Outstanding Sunday brunch experience. Spent 4 hours there enjoying the delightful food, coffee cocktails and music from the string quartet. Even got the kid to sleep for 2 hours to the music. Service was friendly and faultless throughout. Thoroughly recommend

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

I am totally in love with the Hoi Polloi!
Chef and the staff was one of a kind, where of course chef cooked the best ribeye 🥩 steak I have ever had!
And the waiter was the wittiest most food knowledgeable person to date!
And my date was awesome!

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4.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Great interior, enjoyed the string quartet playing over brunch, and the blueberry pancakes are delicious (although odd they cost more than their bacon counterpart).

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

I visited on the 23rd for brunch.
My friend had an incident at the restaurant and the manager Henri was so attentive and so were the staff.
We could not have asked for a better service.
Even prior to the incident the staff were excellent and made some great recommendations on drinks and food.
The atmosphere was lovely & the string quartet were brilliant.
Although I didn't enjoy the corn bread and the poached eggs were too runny for me, everything else was lovely.
We could not thank Henri & his staff enough.
I would definitely recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Just really good! Felt looked after throughout our meal. The food and the cocktails were excellent.

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Was absolutely fantastic! We went for Brunch. Great delicious gluten free options for me, and great food for every one else. The service was outstanding. We will be coming back!

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3.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Food was good, good sized portions. Lovely on a weekend when they have a string quartet playing.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Top always

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

We had great food and great service. It was my friends birthday and when they realised they brought over a birthday cake, very nice touch.

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

Excellent food, great location, would prefer a larger red wine glass as theirs have a short stem. That aside love it!

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3.0Dined on 5 June 2018

Slow service compared to normal, which is a shame is it is normally very good!

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

An outstanding find! My friend and I were visiting London, and one evening we decided to dine fairly late. We went online and discovered that Hoi Poloi was nearby our hotel. We had great difficulty finding the place in Shoreditch, because it was hidden behind a floral shop!
It's connected with the Ace Hotel on Shoreditch High Street, but you have to really seek out the place. Meanwhile, our meal was superb. The braised rib dish was wonderful, and my friend had a heavenly chicken pie....with great subtle flavors. We heard later that it was the chef's specialty. We were so pleased with our meal, that I took the trouble and time to peek into the kitchen and give the chef our compliments. I recommend it highly.

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4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

I really enjoyed my first trip to Hoi Polloi. The staff and service were excellent and the food was delicious. The ambiance was extremely pleasant and I really enjoyed listening to the string quartet while brunching, a really nice touch. One thing I think could be improved is the coffee, it was weak and tepid and overpriced but all in all, I would highly recommend Hoi Polloi.

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2.0Dined on 20 May 2018

I go regularly for brunch with friends to this restaurant and over the last few times, the service and food gets poorer and poorer. Last time, orders did not arrive or were wrong, so there was a lot of waiting around. This was not corrected by the restaurant and they offered no service recovery when pressed (waited for an additional 20 minutes for someone's food whilst everyone else had finished).

This time (probably my last time) we waited 25 minutes and had to call a server to get an initial coffee. We were never served by the same person again and every time had to call someone over which seemed to take 5-10 minutes and multiple attempts to ask servers to order. The poached eggs were also hard and just overall was mediocre. We then waited a further 25 minutes to pay, asking time and time again to various people. It was a great place to meet friends but I feel now that the service is so poor I will unlikely go back.

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4.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Food was ok, I find the tables uncomfortable.. had the ribs which were ok... wine is a bit pricey but overall it was an enjoyable meal

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4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Delicious brunch. Excellent service in a comfortable restaurant
Great idea to serve a pot of coffee for two

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Lovely ambience with the live music and wonderful service. Cocktails and food divine.

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4.0Dined on 7 May 2018

Fast and efficient service but we were a little underwhelmed by the dishes themselves today. Avocado and eggs with cornbread was bland and a little too cold, like it had been sitting out a while. Had better experience on a previous visit so hopefully it was just an off day.

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

It was the best brunch I’d had for a while, I really enjoyed the food and though it was good value.

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Great place to have Brunch and great atmosphere. The live band and service make for a an enjoyable dining experience.

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2.0Dined on 29 April 2018

I was a bit disappointed about the food, maybe I had too many expectations..it was so poor (I don’t mean simple, I mean cheap)
I had the code with beans etc.. and I cannot find any flavor, it was tasteless, not salt at all
My wife had fish and chips, and it was like the ones you have in tourists restaurants, nothing special or upgrading
The only standout was the crushed roasted potato!

I had to say that the day after we had dinner at the Ivy and it was excellent!

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4.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Good Brunch especially with the string quartet.

Food was lovely - Had trouble with the card machine connecting which was the only negative experience.

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2.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Service was very poor, food lacked imagination and flavour - overpriced for what it is.

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2.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Clearly many things were missing for me this evening. I'd booked already via opentable, although everyone seemed pretty blank to my "I've got a reservation".

When I got there it was reasonably empty, but the tables that were occupied were certainly a younger, drunker audience. Lots of shouting across tables to eachother, even to bar staff in some instances.

If you're looking for an environment that's conducive to enjoying your meal, I'd probably avoid this place next time around.

I wasn't super impressed.

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Brunch menu is over priced for what they have on the menu. I expected a tastier plate to the one served. £12 for avocado on cornbread was not worth it.

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4.0Dined on 18 April 2018

We booked for an early dinner but just missed the window for set price 3 course dinner for £25. The food and service were good though menu was ordinary. It was quiet to start with but got busy after an hour or so, the diners were mainly under 35 so there was a certain young vibe. Good wine list but the cheapest wine starts at £36 a bottle. Will go again to try their set dinner.

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2.0Dined on 14 April 2018

The food was nice but they service was an absolute shambles. Things arrived in the wrong order, many things weren't available (and not made clear about). They didn't have the wine we wanted and then we were brought the wrong wine. And then on the bill they had added on the bottle that wasn't available (an extra £45 which I luckily spotted).

Oh and it was our anniversary and they plonked a small cake with 'Happy Birthday' written on the plate on our table at the end.

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5.0Dined on 9 April 2018

Breakfast menu was excellent. I had cheese toastie with a side of avocado, simple and full of taste.
Impressed with their elixir as well.
My friends had omelette and mushroom on toast everyone was happy.
Service was quick and smiling.

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