If you have plans on the 8th June, cancel them, because something seriously special is taking place at Typing Room, Lee Westcott’s elegant and creative East London restaurant. He’s teamed up with Veuve Cliquot to host a special-edition evening, putting a few twists on his seasonal tasting menu, each course of which has been paired with one of the iconic Champagne brand’s sparkling wines.
Based in what was once a town hall, the style of the restaurant is just on the right side of formal, and the dining room feels intimate despite the impressive scale of the period building. Scandi-esque interiors and soft, fresh colours make the space inviting and refined without being stiff – there’s not a scrap of starched linen in sight. Presiding over the diners is an open kitchen which buzzes with activity all evening. We recommend seating yourself to face in this direction so that you can spend the evening gazing over your fellow diner’s shoulder at the bustling pass.
The six courses and corresponding Champagne pairings are priced at £130 per person, and includes the one dish on Lee’s menu which he tells us has never changed (when you taste it, you’ll understand why): yeasted cauliflower, raisins, capers and mint, served with a drizzle of the raisin pickling juices. There’s also the eye-rollingly moorish IPA sourdough with marmite butter and the intriguing strawberry, Sichuan pepper & milk for dessert.
Veuve Cliquot’s Champagnes stand up to Lee’s delicate flavours well without overpowering them. The Extra Brut, Extra Old in particular is a treat; made using only grapes from the very best vintages since the 1980s it has a luxuriously creamy feel on the mouth, making it perfect for refined food like Lee’s.
“When I was approached by Veuve Clicquot to team up for their latest launch, what struck me was the theme of mixing different styles and eras to produce something unique”, says Lee. It’s something he relates to in his approach to Typing Room, where the experience blends the former East London town hall’s historic setting with modern, innovative cooking.
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