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Ember on Brick Lane is the second restaurant by chef Craig Ian McAlpine and is turning heads with its fantastic range of international dishes. Taking inspiration from Greece and the Mediterranean especially, McAlpine has created a menu which draws from wider cuisines and flavours. The food at Ember is delivered on smaller plates, this encouraging diners to get the most out of their meal by enjoying a number of different dishes. Along with the top-quality seasonal food, you’ll also find a selection of Scottish single malt whiskies and South African wines that show off McAlpine’s personal family history. Located on London’s trendy Brick Lane near Shoreditch High Street station, Ember is ideal for meeting friends, family or a special someone. Just don’t forget to book before you arrive.
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2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020

DO NOT BOOK. I booked for Valentine’s Day and the place doesn’t even exist anymore

10 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020

This place no longer exists, don’t bother booking!

1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019

It wasn’t there. It didn’t exist. Nothing there. Nada. Zilch. Nope.

4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019

Great food and surprising quiet on a Thursday evening, I’ll definitely return.

63 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019

Had reasonably high hopes for Ember given the reviews, never been a fan of Come Dine With Me so the fact it was founded by an ex-winner of the show held little appeal. Service was deeply average, waitress didn't even know what tender stem broccoli was..!?! Whilst there was lots on the menu that appealed on the service, I thought the cooking was average with the cod cheeks being massively overcooked. Also not a lot of space on the 2-person tables which is completely ridiculous given it serves small plates and one is inclined to order more than just 2 which is about all there was space for not including drinks..! All in all, somewhat of a disappointment but worth checking out if you're looking for somewhere average and easy on Brick Lane. There is a speakeasy type bar in the basement as an additional point which looked ok.

3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019

Lovely food, lovely space and great service. Beautifully presented food and lots of something that's 'a little bit different' - enjoyed it very much and was great for me as I am Coeliac and about 95% of the menu was gluten free ! Just look out for it as its through a doorway towards the back of what looks like a Chocolate cocktail bar from the outside - easy to miss and walk past it!

13 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019

Recently opened, initially pop-up, but may stay a while longer, according to owner/chef. Met up with some friends who were visiting from NYC. We really enjoyed all of the small plates which we shared. Tender meats, particularly the flat iron steak, crunchy and delicious vegetables, loved the kale and smoked sweet potato. The restaurant was quite empty, which was a surprise, having read good reviews on various platforms before booking. I'm glad I still had room for dessert, we shared three of them initially and they were all sublime. An additional rum 'n' raisin ice cream to finish left me resolute that I will return here again and introduce other friends and family to this lovely new restaurant on Brick Lane.

1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019

Fantastic little restaurant with a real intimate feel. Food was awesome. Service was a little slow but we were in no rush. Highly recommended.

18 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019

Fabulous new place on Brick Lane. Really interesting small plates, very good value wine list and chocolate fondant to die for!

1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019

Great food, lovely staff and great drinks selection. The restaurant itself is delightfully minimalistic. Definitely give this place a try! Cool wee bar downstairs too

1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019

Tried this new restaurant and only one other table, so the ambiance was lacking. Ordered a good selection from the menu and all dishes were well cooked and presented. Meat and veggie dishes were all good. Deserts a little disappointing.

1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019

Ember is great new restaurant on brick lane. This was our second visit which was just as good as the first. The menu consists of small plates so you can try a range of different things. All the dishes we had were excellent and in particular the chargrilled spiced lamb chops were particularly good along with the buttermilk chicken of which we ordered a second portion to take home. The restaurant has a small but excellent section of wines predominantly from South Africa. It has an open plan kitchen and the head chef is more than happy to discuss the food with you and have a chat. All in all an excellent restaurant.

1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019

Great little restaurant serving an interesting mix of small plates. Oozing with freshness and flavour. Lovely cosy atmosphere. Very friendly team. And the open kitchen is great if you want to see the action or interact with the chefs. Would recommend.