Service could be better, wasn't enough staff to number of customers.
Great Food, great staff. I missed a wine pairing to the set menu.
The waitress solved it in a great way.
Great location on Shoreditch High Street inside the impressive Tea Building, Lyles mixes cafe style charm and friendliness with excellent cuisine. The lunch menu is not extensive but it offers a freshly created mix of dishes suitable for all tastes. The staff were friendly and offered good insight into the dishes. The Calcot based main dish was delicious as was the Treacle Tart & Milk Ice Cream.
Love the place!! Love the grilled mussels!
Delicious, creative cooking with friendly, attentive staff.
Straight, classy food. Extraordinary smoked eel and duck-toast with damson jam that I will remember many months from now. Enough here to justify any foodie traipsing from afar!
Place itself feels stripped back and maybe even Scandi - perfect as a lunch canteen but if I was being harsh, personally, maybe slightly sparse as evening spot. Killer food, great service and beautiful surrounding but - for me at least - more of a day-time place.
If you're thinking about booking but uncertain... Just do it
Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and will return! Inventive, seasonal meal.
Just amazing - the most delicious food and lovely friendly and knowledgable service. You can't get round the slightly super cool industrial decor but the warmth of everything else compensates fantastically.
The restaurant was a bit quieter than I expected for Thursday lunch. The service was excellent. The menu was a bit too unusual so I found it difficult to pick but the food was all really delicious. I felt that simpler descriptions perhaps would be better.
We were recommended to have 2 small plates each which I felt was not enough... I am not a huge eater but was hungry an hour or so later. I would suggest at least 3 each or lots of bread!
Great service, nice ambience however the interiors are pretty bare and not that peculiar. The food was pretentious was missing the texture and punch to make it great and an exclusive experience.
We had heard excellent reports and were expecting very good things of Lyles but ultimately it was one of the more disappointing meals I have had. The fish was cold and accompanied by odd ingredients that did not work as a package and the approach to cooking of mutton left a tough, sinewy piece of meat. Dessert was excellent though. Service was also excellent and they noted our reaction to the food and therefore provided some complementary cheese which was appreciated. From all the good things I have heard I choose to believe this was just an aberration in terms of the menu but it did leave us somewhat disappointed.
The food was outstanding, delicately thoughtful and an absolute treat. Great service too! Although on the pricey side for a charity worker, I highly highly recommend!
Wonderful! Having read mixed reviews about this relatively new place, my expectations were frankly set low. However, the restaurant didn't disappoint at all!
Chefs needs some really good skills and great quality produce to be able to serve one ingredient on a plate. And the team at Lyle's managed it very well! Four very seasonal dishes were fresh and full of flavour. The portion size is spot on: one of the few restaurants where you don't feel bloated after having a set menu.
Room with minimalistic decor felt light and pleasant. Our waiter was very friendly and kindly explained every dish.
Thank you, we'll be back!
Excellent meal with a couple of standout dishes. The ambience was great, a nice relaxed atmosphere, superb fresh produce. An excellent modern 1 Michelin star option if like me you prefer relaxed instead of a more fussy, white-tablecloth type of place.
went for lunch - food chosen off a la carte menu, each dish was spectacular (specially the fresh peas dish which was out of this world). Definitely worth a visit. Will be coming back soon.
Overrated, overpriced and poor service!
Simply the best!
It is hard to explain how excellent Lyle's is. Brilliant yet communicative food. Best products. Extremely intelligent chef. Superb wines. One of the best restaurants in London!
Not worthy of a Michelin Star. Main dish of suckling kid killed by too much garlic. And an awful wine list filled with trendy biodynamic wines which all have a very distinctive taste. if you find it unpleasant there'll be little for you to drink.
They need to sharpen up in the kitchen, bin the no-choice dinner menu and broaden the wine list..
Wonderful experience, as always
Very disappointed experience
Mixed feelings about my lunch at Lyle's . Possibly trying to "push the envelope" a bit too much for my liking, as the place lacked in cosiness and warmth . To be fair possibly not the best place for a lunch get together with new mums and their baby!
Fantastic meal at Lyle's - food was excellent as always and a really well judged menu. We had a lovely evening though service was a little slow at times - perhaps the waiting staff were distracted by the presence of Ralph Fiennes at a nearby table...
Great cooking as usual but music FAR TOO LOUD and quite unnecessary at lunchtime.
The second time we asked for it to be turned down the waitress pulled a face as if to say "if the music's too loud, you're too old!"
I went to minibar some years ago for tapas and found it to be a nice place. Now it's transformed into a full-on bar yet still tries to maintain a restaurant component. I went for the Cher Champagne Brunch and was very very disappointed. If any of the food was prepared in-house, I'd be surprised. Pastries were stale and dull, chaffing dishes were full of grease-and-cheese laden fare. Hash brown potatoes was more greasy brown mush covered in melted cheddar than potatoes. Everything tasted the same - mediocre at best. The music was at a volume you'd expect around midnight rather than around 11am. I know this was a music-themed brunch, but not being able to hold a conversation over the music is a problem.
Service staff was attentive and the dishes were creative and tasted great. We had a good time, thank you!
The food was wonderful but the music was far too loud to have a normal conversation
Lyle's is everything you want from a relaxed fine dining experience, and then a bit more. The food is absolutely superb, especially the delica pumpkin with whey butter - which is a huge surprise to me since I am not a big fan of pumpkin. All the dishes were simple yet excellently creative with well-balanced flavors. The service made us feel right at home. And lastly, whoever is in charge of the playlists during service, you the bomb. Counting the days 'til my return to Lyle's.
I visited Lyle's recently on the recommendation of a friend and was completely blown away. The whole experience from start to finish was faultless - the atmosphere was warm and unpretentious; the service considerate and attentive without once becoming intrusive; even the low-key hip hop soundtracking our evening was noticeably good.
And then the food arrived. Every plate was pleasingly inventive and put focus on interesting seasonal ingredients. Mackerel, lardo and crab apple were so harmonious that they felt as obvious a combo as strawberries and cream. My pheasant came with celeriac presented in two perfectly complementary ways - as both a silky purée and a blanket of thin sheets with just the right amount of bite. Even the complementary snacks were competing as some of the most standout dishes - the charred broccoli with a delicious mustard dressing will stay in my mind for some time.
The most impressive thing of all though was the vegan menu offered to my girlfriend. She is only recently vegan and so far not all has been smooth sailing. Other restaurants (in particular I'm looking at a tapas restaurant and wine bar owned by a certain "sociable" chef...) have proved inflexible, uncreative and, frankly, stubborn in their handling of what is now a fairly common dietary choice.
Not so at Lyle's. They were expecting us as we walked through the door. They asked which of us was the vegan and presented a separate menu, printed specially. Every ingredient removed was replaced with something both clever and delicious. Courses were thoughtfully reworked so as to be properly balanced; not one plate felt like a compromise. In fact the dessert was an entirely new course designed specifically to be vegan. Rather than feeling like an imposition, we felt more as though we had presented the chefs with a welcome challenge. One which they absolutely nailed.
To say it was memorable would be an understatement - it was a serious contender for the best meal I've had in London.
Food was very good. Excellent service. Music was a bit too loud