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
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
Incredible food! Will definitely be returning. Popped to the pearl for an after dinner drink too
Really first rate food, but the service seemed designed to get us out of the door as soon as possible
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
Outrageously delicious. We ate the pastrami salmon, crab rarebit crumpets, smoked mackerel pate, oysters, Hake in katsu sauce and pavlova. Everything was en pointe.
Food was incredible. Service was incredible. Cannot wait to go again.
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.
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.
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.
Amazing!! Beautiful food and great service. Have recommend to many people since I’ve been.
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!
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.
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.
Couldn't fault it. Service, food, venue. Exceptional.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Excellent as ever. Super thoughtful and tasty food. Staff spot on too. Great summer Saturday lunch.
3rd visit - love it there. Food is fabulous. Will be back again!
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.
Really superb food - one of the best seafood restaurants in London. Delicious!
Wine list also good. Service not bad but could be more attentive.
Amazing. Couldn’t fault it. An absolute fishy joy.
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.
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
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)
Overpriced for what it was
We left hungry to be honest
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).
Never had fish cooked so well, would definitely go back.