Haggerston, has produced a second outing for me. Trip, next door to the meaty and forever busy Berber & Q, is an open plan minimalist trendy spot housed in a neighbouring train alcove.
I am not sure what to make of Trip. It has a special curated menu with a focus on plant based dishes. Good for vegetarians I guess, but only if you do not want something substantial. Where it does attempt to fill your belly is with the fish and meat specials which change daily.
On my visit, there was a cod and lamb main, which we both jumped at. The cod was coated in sesame seeds and came with what appeared to be stewed cucumber and home made coleslaw. My lamb was on skewers with peppers and onions, served on a bed of cous cous which had nuts (no mention of these in case you were allergic).
Both dishes were freshly prepared (open kitchen), but there was something missing. The cod, according to my dining company, was a wee bit dry, tasteless and didn’t partner it’s accompaniments very well. For my lamb, it could have been done a little bit more on the rare side to avoid the slight chewiness. It was seasoned well and a decent portion, but the cous cous actually came out as the winner of the whole dining experience. Considering the Cod was £13.00 and the lamb was £14.00, the cous cous should not have been the best feature.
The service was lovely. Chilled and friendly. The food, missed a trick. The crowd were a mixture of trendy types and other folk who probably couldn’t get in to Berber & Q.
Trip seems like it’s a great place to chill with a drink and snacks you need google to understand (lavash and zatar, labneh and dukkah), but for dinner, I will be queuing up to get a table at Berber & Q next time. Soz.
Just so you know, there are other draws to this space as it does yoga, dance, music and other events, so check out their diary.
Arches 339 – 340
London E8 4EA
T. 020 7923 9417