In my quest for good food with I twist I found myself in the heart of East London. This is no mean feat, London's underground never makes life any easier especially on a weekend, line closures delayed our journey no end.
We were aiming for Frizzante, a restaurant and farm. Yes, you read correctly. A farm. In London. Fairly central London at that.
We arrived to find, well, a farm! There were signs to the farm and signs to the restaurant. Naturally we headed for the restaurant. We walked in to find a very rustic place filled with children. No two chairs are the same or any two tables for that matter. The whole place feels very relaxed and an ideal place for locals who want to have a quick meal in a very laid back environment where presentation of oneself does not really matter! The menu is posted on a blackboard and there is an open plan kitchen. There is the daily menu and also a breakfast menu, which ranges from baked beans on toast to a full english.
To order there is a queuing system which when we were there was a long one! You know you are in east London when someone you don't know calls you 'darlin'! As did the lady taking the orders. Our starter arrived, a huge bowl of the soup of the day which was lovely although we didn't manage to finish it. I then had the home-made tagliatelle with the mushroom ragu (£9.50). My friend has the lamb cutlets which came with butter beans. My tagliatelle was disappointing, overcooked and under seasoned. My friend was also not over enthused by the lamb cutlets.
We had coffee and dessert. We had the apple crumble which came to share for 2-3. We were presented with a a dish which felt it could feed 5! It tasted as good.
We went to the back to see the farm. There were chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, a donkey and even to huge pigs. As animals go I like pigs. I have this idea that having a pet pig would be fun, they are, I am told, very intelligent animals. I would call mine Ham.
In truth I wouldn't go back for the food. But the novelty of a farm in London is something worthwhile. At least once.
Frizzante, 1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA, Tel. 020 7739 2266, www.frizzanteltd.co.uk