Cornerstone

4.7
253 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
Uncomplicated, produce-led Modern British cooking in a bright, pared-down space with informal vibe.
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OT
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our anniversary dinner at Cornerstone and it was absolutely wonderful. ❤️

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P
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food! Will definitely be returning. Popped to the pearl for an after dinner drink too

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n
London
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Really first rate food, but the service seemed designed to get us out of the door as soon as possible

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MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food & very friendly service. There's a minimal amount of carbs on the menu, meaning you get through quite a few dishes of incredibly delicate and refined fish dishes and the costs stack up. That said, it's well worth it. Highlights for me when I visited were the monkfish tartare and crab crumpet. Short wine menu, but what I had was very good.

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SR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Top restaurant. Great dishes, served quickly and enjoyably.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I was SO excited to come to cornerstone, having booked months in advance, so perhaps the meal was bound to not live up to expectations. Whilst it was a memorable meal in a lovely setting with attentive service it wasn’t out of this world like I was expecting. If you are looking for a innovative meal centred on fish look go further - the puddings were AMAZING

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B
London
32 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outrageously delicious. We ate the pastrami salmon, crab rarebit crumpets, smoked mackerel pate, oysters, Hake in katsu sauce and pavlova. Everything was en pointe.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. Service was incredible. Cannot wait to go again.

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f
London
24 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and service overall. Actually quite expensive and most dishes are quite small. They’re designed for sharing, but only have at most, 2 spoons each as they don’t contain vegetables or potatoes, so you ending up feeling hungry.
We had a mackerel pate which for me was the best dish, along with a grey mullet tartare. The scallop dish was like 1 1/2 scallops for £19.
I found the chocolate dessert a bit underwhelming and lacking texture. It was described as a torte, but was more like a mousse.
Wine was good (we had a picpoul de pinet, but nothing under £30/bottle.
Overall I enjoyed the meal, but wouldn’t be in a hurry to go back. There are many places out there, which are as good and cheaper.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As near perfection as a meal could be for a sea food lover. Sharing style for dishes excellent. Staff clear and informal. Portion sizes small but just right.

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EH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always heavily booked and off the beaten track (though conveniently close to Hackney Wick Station) this is a restaurant well worth seeking out. The fish based menu of sharing plates are arranged from light to rich and there is a succinct wine list many available by the carafe. We left the choice to the restaurant and had the tasting menu. Not cheap but for such inventive, delicious and beautifully presented cuisine it is an absolute steal. The atmosphere was engagingly buzzing and hip with the noise level fine for conversation.

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DG
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Beautiful food and great service. Have recommend to many people since I’ve been.

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SC
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a phenomenal meal we had. We opted to sit at the counter and watch the action. The food was sublime. We had the 'tasting menu - a selection of the various plates which gave a fabulous overview and saved us having to make the difficult decision on which ones we wanted! The format is a selection of small plates rather than a la carte and the menu changed according to what they have on the day. Not one dish disappointed. And we would love to return and try more! Well done to the whole team at Cornerstone!

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R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really unique restaurant. A lovely open plan with the chefs busy in the middle of the room, and a trendy but relaxed industrial look. The food was pretty much perfect. A grey mullet tartare with soy cured egg yolk was a particular highlight. We had the tasting menu and it was plentiful and felt good value. The desserts were also outstanding, though hard to fit in at that point. There were some good wines to choose around the £40 mark. Will definitely be going back.

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my husband had an incredible dinner, the food was beautiful with lots of different flavors. It is a bit pricey but the food and service was outstanding. Definitely recommend.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn't fault it. Service, food, venue. Exceptional.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Incredible seafood dishes with simple, clean flavours and imaginative combinations. Will definitely return.

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JT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, I'd highly recommend the citrus cured brill, it was exceptional. As was the plaice with roast chicken sauce and the crab crumpet. Wine delicious too. Couldn't fault the service, they were the perfect level of attentive. All in all, excellent. Will be back soon!

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e
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

My experience has been quite weird at Cornerstone. The food is amazing, faultless. But that's about it.
We went during lunch and the waitress + waiter were both either rude/defensive/inexperienced and I don't blame them.. rather i blame the manager who clearly hasn't trained their staff well. The waitress was nice at first but as we asked her about the lunch menu, she mentioned there's a tasting menu and the dishes are marked with an asterisk; then I asked her how's that different to me ordering these dishes a la carte, to which she immediately said "if you're asking for a discount we don't do it." I was like, chill, you call something a tasting menu but you can't explain why those are in this menu? I even guided her and said "No I'm not asking for a discount, I was curious as to why these particular dishes have Asterisks - is this a curated list or made with in season ingredients?" but she still doesn't really get it for like 2 mins. I found it very patronising to suggest "if you're asking for a discount..."!!
Then another male waiter came, and we asked for his suggestion for the wine list, clearly inexperienced, he didn't ask for help from his colleagues and just pointed something on the menu whilst shrugging his shoulders and seemed really inattentive.

Not much ambience in the restaurant as the chefs were focussed in their prepping and cooking. Decor was quite boring. All in all 9/10 for food but overall experience is 7/10.

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KT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not sure this sent the first time-we had a lovely time and learned to share! I wrote to Tom to thank him and suggest and adaptation for wheelchair users in the toilet. The music may have pleased others but wasn't quite my taste. staff were lovely helpful but discrete. would go back!

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SL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as ever. Super thoughtful and tasty food. Staff spot on too. Great summer Saturday lunch.

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P
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd visit - love it there. Food is fabulous. Will be back again!

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BB
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meals I have had in ever... I’ve been to Michelin restaurant’s and by far cornerstone is at the top. The brill tartare was my favourite dish of the day followed by plaice in chicken butter sauce 😍😍😍
The dishes were simple but very tasteful.

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Really superb food - one of the best seafood restaurants in London. Delicious!
Wine list also good. Service not bad but could be more attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Couldn’t fault it. An absolute fishy joy.

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E
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The area is a strange choice. We didnt feel particularly safe walking to the restaurant through the housing estates next to it.
We didn't feel it was value for money, because of the 'sharing' style and the fact that there were no sides with carbs or vegetables. It was only fish and with no carrier for any of the left over sauce after eating the fish, which is a waste. The scallops were tasty but very expensive - £18 for 2.
Waiters were quite rude when we commented that there didn't seem to be crispy potatoes with the fish - this was only a potato crumb ontop of the fish which seems outrageous.
We didnt order pudding as we felt very underwhelmed by the meal and not full up which is a shame because the fish lovely and cooked perfectly. We felt we could have got better value for money elsewhere.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was first time at Cornerstone after being recommended by friends. It was every bit as good as they said and I will now be recommending it myself. What a great restaurant doing something different

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e
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I had been to cornerstone 4 weeks earlier and raves about it to everyone ( Thursday lunch ) . This time we felt very rushed , sauces weren’t quite as special as before and the service was hit and miss ( Saturday lunch time)

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overpriced for what it was
We left hungry to be honest

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H
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food at Cornerstone was exceptional. We opted for the Tasting Menu along with a request for scallops and the turbot with chicken butter sauce. This was more than enough for my fiancée and I (I was worried based on other reviews that the portion sizes wouldn’t quite fill us up).

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B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had fish cooked so well, would definitely go back.

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J
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow - can quite see why this restaurant wins awards. It just has to be the best place to eat fish in the UK - the curing and cooking of it was perfect, with such interesting flavours. We sat at the counter so we could watch the service unfold and were really pleased we did.

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FB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing lunch! Every dish tasted delicious - the staff were great. Definitely keen to go back.

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DP
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, service and atmosphere in general. Highly recommended.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Wonderful interesting flavour but never over powering the main star which was the seafood. A definite destination restaurant. Call in at the Crate Brewery for a beer before. The perfect evening!

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KF
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING sea-food, knowledgeable waitresses/waiters. We loved the ambiance of the place, quiet restaurant with locally made artworks on display you can buy. It's great that you can see the chefs in action. The prices are not cheap but the food is a real treat, and they do a great lunch menu for £38.

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LH
Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great atmosphere for lunch. We need a Cornerstone in Cardiff.

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E
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had some of the best seafood I’ve ever had at Cornerstone. The particular highlights were the mackerel pate and the plaice with roast chicken butter sauce. Would recommend this to anybody!

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal at this place. We shared 6 dishes and each was delicious but it was the cured gurnard with nuts, grapes and yogurt that won our dish of the day. We will certainly be back.

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D
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe ,lovely staff & very efficient
Flavors fabulous
Tasting menu to be recommended

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