Emile

4.7
73 reviews
£41 and over
Contemporary European
Focusing on robust, rewarding food with a Mediterranean influence, accompanied by great wine, Emile – Damian’s grandfather’s name - will take up residency at 26 Curtain Road in Shoreditch for six months from 10th October. The 40-cover restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. Additionally, from Sunday 27th October Emile will be open every other Sunday for a series of feasting lunches, with a set menu served family-style at a single sitting.
What 73 People Are Saying
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FCBwolf66
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way. Food, Service, Ambiance. Will miss them terribly in this neighborhood.

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viplocalfan
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the set Sunday lunch of roast lamb with dauphinois potatoes. The starter salads to share with excellent..tomato and anchovy and a courgette and mint salad. The lamb as tender and perfect cooked and the potatoes were superb. The rhubarb and almond tart was the perfect conclusion to a delicious lunch. Service was professional and attentive but relaxed. So sad that Emile is closing as it is an absolute gem.

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ILEKTRAA
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service, although a bit overpriced.

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Sally
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The starters were lovely but the mains were a little flat which was a shame. The restaurant is really sweet and good wine selection. Such a shame the waitress that looked after our table was curt and pretty pretentious. After ordering a drink at the end of our meal, she told us we needed leave in 20 mins for another booking, it was 10pm and there were plenty of empty tables so this seemed very odd. Such a shame because otherwise it was a really nice evening.

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vipHardensFan
London
15 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

This feels like a restaurant that knows it won’t be around for long.

Food: superb croquettes to start, other starters disappointing; lovely chocolate mousse to finish.
However...Our mains were dreadful. Bland would be kind. Both our dishes were pasta both tasted of nothing. One was drowned in ink, the other had pasta that was both raw and overcooked.

Service. Except the assistant chef who at times delivered dishes, the waiting staff were awkward, uncomfortable, lacking any warmth or personality and reminded me of Rami Malek in ‘Mr. Robot’.

Ambience: initially looks ‘cool’ but in reality is rather cold. We had to whisper as it wasn’t busy, there wasn’t a buzz and no music to create any sort of din.
This was Friday lunchtime.

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FCBwolf66
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new Friday lunch spot. The standard menu is excellent, and Chef is always playing with something new and fun in the kitchen. Very well priced wine list. Quiet enough for a business lunch, without feeling like you're in a tomb. Will be devastated when they close next month for their move to their new location.

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vipSamanthaL
London
14 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Sorry closing at this location, looking forward to it in the new location.

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NeilT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic meal, very innovative menu so much so I couldnt decide as could have had everything on the menu and lots I hadnt had before. The Celariac starter was an eye opener. Would highly recommend a visit.

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Katrinh
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place. I understand it's only a pop up, but it would be a shame were it to disappear. Almost want to keep it a secret so that it does not get overrun, but let's be supportive and keep it open

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NigelW
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great wine list. Outstanding service. A shame that it will be moving soon. Go there while you can.

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KNCh
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the staff was very friendly..really charming restaurant! We liked the simplicity of the menu and the perfectly cooked dishes!

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TCDH
London
15 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A personable customer experience and large portions (£35 Sunday feast).

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Bombalini
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great little hideaway, good ambiance and helpful staff. Excellent wine list with a seasonal dining menu that I would like to experience outside the Sunday fixed menu to get a real idea of the kitchens capabilities.

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vipAnneW
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, beautifully cooked

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, delicious food and great team! Highly recommend!

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SimonD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A lovely evening. The staff were attentive and very pleasant. The mains, cheese and desert were brilliant. I would say that the starters - although still very good, were not quite as good. We arrived at the start, so the room was a little cold at first but it warmed up soon and was a great atmosphere. Overall, a great place to go for a memorable meal!

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BenM
London
16 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, particularly the celeriac dish on the starters menu

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FCBwolf66
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give it 10 stars I would. Absolutely fantastic lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had for quite a long time. Extremely tasty food and a lovely chef owner

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LeandriK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, can’t recommend it enough

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Becs
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wine list, stunning seasonal food and top notch service

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Tamara
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect cosy spot with excellent wine and food.

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vipSabrina
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have been to in 2020 so far. Food was really good as well as the service! Outstanding dish was the polenta and the chocolate dessert.
Would go back just to eat those 2 dishes!!

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vipAnne
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food is not so good. Below the value . Not recommend.

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vipW1Foodie
London
18 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new restaurant in Shoreditch. Superb food, excellent wine and charming service.

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KirstyS
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really Wholesome, fantastic portion sizes and the flavors were fantastic.

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vipLondoneater
London
126 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really warm welcome and great service. Excellent food - would love to visit again before they move.

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AimeeH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely, warm feel to the space. Intuitive service, great wine list and food that speaks for itself.

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vipCatherinePercy
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Chef, excellent Wine List and Excellent servic. Very sad that Emile will be moving West soon!

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Annemarie
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and great crew. We wish them all the best with the start of their bew restaurant.

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DuncanF
4 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A amazing place lovely people producing delicious food

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
52 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice surprise :)

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kakaouba
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

As much as we loved the flavours of polenta + parmesan + egg - £16 for that starter was way too expensive.
My steak was served too rare, but nobody came to check why I left half on the plate nor were they interested in any other feedback or our happiness that night. Some nice flavours but overall an average experience for £100.

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viplocalfan
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emile is the perfect solution if you enjoy excellent quality food but want a relaxed environment. It's as close as you can get to the feeling of eating out in a friend's kitchen dining room. It was inviting and welcoming on a very grey January mid week evening. Try it while you can.

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Emily
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wine. Outstanding service. Will definitely return soon and follow to their new location when it opens.

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vipLondonLass
London
16 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, sensational food and beautiful wines. The croquettes, the celeriac and the chocolate dessert were highlights. Couldn’t recommend more.

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vipHorstR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Emile is a pure gem . The quality of the products is outstanding . And what the chefs do with it in the tiny kitchen is of highest professionally and delivers most delicious results . Each dish is a surprise in preparation,combination of ingredients and a depth and joy in taste that one wants to lick the plate - and is always in danger eating to much as one wants to have at least all starters ( highly recommended ) and naturally mains and dessert . How they can deliver all this at such moderate price is a miracle to me.
Actually one would wish to be there twice a week !!!!

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viplocalfan
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have to confess that I have eaten at Emile before and it never disappoints. I love the small menu offering delicious food made with skill from excellent ingredients. It is so welcoming and relaxed and the food is innovative but with simple clear flavours that you an identify. The cheese croquettes and pink fir potatoes are a must and both the fish and pork chop are superb, my guest commented that the pork chop was the best pork dish they had ever eaten and they have tried many... Check out the customer and the critics reviews and you will understand why people return bringing their friends.
A fabulous opening, Shoreditch is very lucky.

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Luke
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great value set lunch menu. The hake was exceptional. The flat iron steak was good but not as memorable. We followed with the pear desert and cheese but were slightly disappointed with both. Service was spot on and made for an overall enjoyable experience.

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RussS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great lunch menu and very good value. I had the beetroot salad with almonds and pomegranate to start followed by pumpkin ravioli and then a wonderful chocolate desert. Service was very good, and I particularly liked that one of the chefs - Chris- brought the meals to our table...a nice touch. Highly recommend.

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Emile is rated 4.7 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.