What can you tell us about Raw?
It comes from restaurateur Ivan Simeoli, who's also behind Laboratorio Pizza (which is just across the street from Raw).
It's the second Raw (there's another about to open its doors in Fitzrovia) but was called Crudo when it first opened in December just before the lockdown started. When fully open, it aims to be a fishmongers and restaurant on the ground floor, with a hidden speakeasy-style bar around the back.
Where is it?
On a corner site on Brick Lane, about a 5-minute stroll from Shoreditch High Street overground.
And it's alfresco right now?
Until 17 May, they've taken over a sizeable area in front of the restaurant but it's not covered, so is weather-dependent. That said, it's a very handy space in the area if the weather is behaving itself.
What kind of food is on offer?
Raw is subtitled as "Fish & Cocktails" and the entire menu is seafood with a smattering of vegetarian dishes on offer. It's split into oysters (Maldon or seasonal), sea buns and "The sea" which is essentially small-plate seafood dishes. Here's a taste of the menu.
What about drinks?
They take the "fish & cocktails" deal seriously. Alongside classics like the negroni, spritz and old fashioned, there are a number of sea-influenced cocktails like the Kombu Seaweed Martini (£12) and the Squid Ink Mary (£12). Wines start at the £23/£24 mark with the £35 Greco di Tufo a good match for anything on the menu.
Raw is a handy new arrival for an area not blessed with many seafood spots. They're serving an eclectic seafood menu that hits the mark alongside a strong selection of buns that would make it a very handy lunch spot. Cocktails are also on point, and those should really come into their own when the main bar opens.
More about Raw
Where is it? 120-122 Brick Ln, Spitalfields, London E1 6RL
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Hot Dinners ate as guests of Raw. Prices are correct at the time of writing.
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