We’re certainly not unfamiliar with The Laundry…we went to check it out not long after it opened, and have ended up there for a post-work pick-me-up on more than one occasion. So we were inevitably excited when chef Ben Spalding took up a residency at the Hackney canteen & bar.
Ben Spalding has spent almost 10 years working in Michelin star kitchens, so it goes without saying that you’re in for a treat with his cooking. The tasting menus at The Laundry, served on Friday and Saturday, typically consist of nine courses. This may sound quite daunting but Ben Spalding takes pleasure in creating clever dishes that exude playfulness. The bread bowl, for example, is made of the same dough as the delicious sourdough bread, whilst the butter is served on a Himalayan salt slab which gives a wonderful salty punch to your bread & butter.
Each course looks fantastic (great for THAT perfect instagram pic), and, more importantly, tastes just as good as it looks. There’s a whole load of flavours in each dish, but they are perfectly balanced and in harmony with one another. Just to give you an idea: Maple cream cheese, oatmeal, roasted carrot puree & iced lemon thyme? Yes, I can vouch it works a treat. So much so, that at the end of the meal, it’s hard to decide which was the best course. In my book, that’s the sign of a good, well-rounded menu.
The best news? His residency, which was due to come to an end this weekend, has been extended until the end of March. That’s a whole extra month of Ben Spalding goodness.
The Laundry Canteen & Bar, 2-18 Warburton Road, London E8 3FN. For reservations contact reservations@thelaundryE8.com or call 020 8986 0738.