Hoxton Square is one of those iconic East London hotspots, which has been changing with the flow of Shoreditch over the last few years! When I first heard about Moniker’s restaurant and bar, it was through a friend who told me about Sunday Drunch, the first in our new series of regular Sunday gatherings for convivial dining and drinking so I decided to look into the venue which I discovered had recently been an old schoolhouse site from former occupants The Hoxton Apprentice.
When I arrived there was a cute gated outdoor area where locals and friends were mingling, I entered to a beautiful interior with a vintage feel mixed with industrial cool and quirky. The schoolhouse theme is felt throughout the venue, there is a huge blue bus front towering over their cocktail bar, the walls are covered with school-themed prints and as I popped upstairs to the bathrooms, there is a long thin private dining area which resembles the top of a bus! The bus also houses a projector, and private film screenings can be arranged upon request. Whammy!
The venue was jam packed with a large private dining upstairs where everyone looked like they were having a blast, downstairs had a warm local feel with a few couples and friends dining groups. People were flirtatiously socialsing at the high chaired bar. The mixologists are ready to quench your thirst; we tried a mean Clover Club followed by a French 75. If you’re off the sugar then they offer an extensive range of sparkling, red and white wine!
Their Head Chef and former Mark Hix collaborator Jimmy Goldstone has devised a menu comprised of the finest British produce, broken down into a range of plates both big and small, all of which are designed with sharing in mind. They have a great range between light and heavy options, many of the dishes did include gluten however they were very knowledgeable and adapted some of the dishes for us!
I have to be honest, from reading the menu, I wasn’t sure what was coming but each dish was perfectly sized, fresh and beautifully arranged on the plate. We kept it light and crunched our way through their radishes, mayonnaise and celery salt started, this was a fun and fresh dish, so fresh it felt like it had been pulled out of the ground. After we have finished our rabbit impersonations we took a shot each of their Bloody Monikers Oyster Shots and finally opted for a gluten-free version of their smoked Fraserburgh Mackerel with pickled cucumber,
We manned up for the mains and was blown away by the Rare Grilled Steak Salad with radish, pea shoots and crispy shallots, this is a must order on the menu as well as their deliciously hearty lamb curry!
Monikers is open for coffee and pastries from 10am Tuesday – Friday, with brunch also served on weekend mornings.
16 Hoxton Square,