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Wonderful food, couldn’t fault it.
In my opinion, currently the best restaurant in London. Brilliant creative food from chef Tom Brown. Highlights include the crumpet with crab rarebit and the best mackerel pate I’ve ever had
All my family follow Tom on Instagram and have been looking forward to tasting his skills. It was worth waiting for, a memorable tasting menu that just kept coming. Difficult to pick a winner as all were fabulous, even down to the delicious dark sourdough bread. Staff were lovely and I liked the feel of the space. We will definitely be back.
Fantastic food especially the special of bonito. Thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu where every dish was faultless. Only thing that could have improved experience was if Chef Tom Brown had been there!
It's not often that a restaurant meets all of your expectations, especially when they are so high, but Cornerstone succeeded in meeting in every single one of them. Sublime food and delightful staff.
Impeccable in every way. Incredibly high expectations were utterly surpassed. This team should be awarded with every accolade possible. The best dining experience I have every had
The overall experience we nothing short of fantastic. Quality of food was superb and very inventive. The service was knowledgable and attentive without being intrusive. Wine recommendations were very good and reasonably priced. Would have no hesitation recommending Cornerstone to friends and look forward to going again ourselves sometime soon.
An amazing experience. Smoked oysters to die for, the sweetest scallops, and an amazing grey mullet tartare were standouts. Lovely friendly staff and it was great to watch the kitchen in action. Definitely a place to return to
This is the 3rd time of visiting and you are constantly blown away with the flavors. I highly recommend!
If you like fish this is a fabulous restaurant. We had seafood cooked in ways I haven't had before, in a good way! Sometimes experimentation doesn't pay off, in this case it definitely worked. The restaurant is small, the service was friendly and attentive. Definitely one of my favourites.
Incredible food and service! Would recommend and visit again!
My second visit to Cornerstone and still impressive. I forgot to confirm one person was veggie and they were SO accommodating; changed the menu for them and still conjured up a fantastic menu for them as well as the original for us. I cannot praise them enough. A gem in the rough of Hackney!
Flawless food with brilliant service and atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
Stunning food and fantastic service.
I went for my birthday and I wasn't disappointed, the food was amazing, the service was excellent and I would highly recommend.
Food is good but lacks balance. Four of six courses came with bread. No vegetables were served.
One of the best meals I’ve had in London. The food was exquisite, we didn’t do the tasting menu but chose a number of dishes from the menu - the staff were really helpful with making recommendations for the dishes and wine. The mackerel pate, cured gurnard, smoked cod roe and plaice were all highlights. Ambiance was great - as so many restaurants have now, there are concrete walls and floors but surprisingly the noise level was okay. Loved being able to see into the kitchen and watch the chefs at work. Only small downside was the scallops - £19 for two scallops, while delicious, seemed rather steep compared to the other dishes and their sizes. Overall it was an excellent night and would highly recommend a visit. Thanks to Tom and the team!
Best meal I’ve had in London and possibly ever. Perfection.
Incredible food, poor service, felt so rushed. Plates came out to quick couldn’t enjoy the evening. It felt like they wanted us out as soon as possible, not relaxing at all.
We had the tasting menu which was superb
The food was outstanding the staff were very friendly and gave advice when needed. Would highly recommend a visit.
Superb dining experience all round. The stripped back yet stylish interior quite rightly puts the food front and center. Went for the tasting menu, which did not disappoint, each dish a total joy whilst the wine list was excellent. Staff were also fab, getting the balance just right between being present and gratefully inconspicuous. We will be back.
We went for lunch to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. The food and service was excellent. Perfectly casual whilst feeling like a special occasion too.
Great seafood. Excellent service. Fantastic casual fine dining.
Forgot to let the restaurant know my partner was vegetarian. Staff were super accommodating (Aussie waiter whose name we didn’t catch unfortunately was fantastic!) and chef Tom Brown made us three absolutely brilliant veggie plates to go along with what I ordered. Honestly could not say enough great things about our evening! Can’t wait to go back.
The food did not disappoint it was fantastic! especially the crab crumpet, plaice in roast chicken butter sauce and the mackerel pate with the treacle bread. We had the tasting menu and the portions were more than enough we were all happily full at the end of the meal. Will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu.
An amazing food experience.
The service was excellent.
We will definitely be returning
Impeccable food and service as per usual. Feel the price / quality ratio has dipped slightly, but it’s hard to begrudge them it in a way, as they’ve worked hard to get where they are. I would recommend a few tweaks to the wine list to improve the value for money.
That said, I’m being super picky (fraid that’s just me!) - the pollock with katsu curry sauce and crispy potatoes is one of the best things I’ve eaten all year. The new incarnation of the crumpet made me forget I was sad they took the shrimp one away. The strawberry merengue and peach Melba desserts were epic. The Italian waitress who looked after us was charming, friendly and proficient. The restaurant is fabulously well lit - it’s a really welcoming room.
Net net - I guess I was just a little taken aback at dropping over 120pp on lunch in hackney!
Great food and great service for our lunch. Will for sure go back and have dinner.
Do not understand any of the negative comments except that bathroom facilities would be inadequate during a “full cover” scenario.
Exceptional cooking. Amazing flavours. Best scallops anywhere. They are spectacular.
We had our anniversary dinner at Cornerstone and it was absolutely wonderful. ❤️
Outstanding. One of the best meals I’ve had for a long time. Imaginative, quality food with fantastic knowledgeable service. Id go back tomorrow.
Having seen Tom Brown on GBM on a number of occasions we were very keen to try his new restaurant.
Well we were not disappointed - great vibe and feel to the place, interesting wine list and most importantly incredible food. Uncomplicated looking but unbelievably tasty food - the cured brill with tomatoes and sauce vierge and the plaice in chicken butter sauce were just outstanding and our personal favourites but it was all amazing.
We can't wait to go back !
Considering the meal for two cost nearly £200, i founding everything lacking. I needed a wow factor, I couldn’t say there was one dish where I didn’t want it to end and several I didn’t want to finish. The best thing about the evening was our very friendly and knowledgeable waitress. There is only one gents and ladies bathroom for the whole restaurant which leaves you waiting conspicuously outside when busy. It felt very much like a canteen and I wish all the staff could’ve looked happier
Really first rate food, but the service seemed designed to get us out of the door as soon as possible
Incredible food! Will definitely be returning. Popped to the pearl for an after dinner drink too
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.
Good meal, wish staff were more attentive
Top restaurant. Great dishes, served quickly and enjoyably.
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
Cornerstone is rated 4.7 stars by 288 OpenTable diners.