Over the last few years the dining scene has really been hotting up in East London, fusing great British grub with inspiration from its multicultural residents. This exciting area of regeneration welcomes a new resident for 2015, Parts & Labour, the restaurant located within the cool and contemporary Qbic Hotel. House of Coco were very kindly invited to sample the delicious dishes served at Parts & Labour and boy were we impressed.
Parts & Labour serves modern British delicacies, perfect for all day dining. The superb interior features vibrant Scandinavian design influences and has an industrial chic quality about it. The quirky layout of the mismatched furniture makes it the perfect space for breakfast meetings and lunches, whilst the contemporary bar provides an ideal atmosphere for after work drinks or long evening dinners. The bold Parts & Labour décor features walls adorned with striking primary colours, white retro tiles and brightly coloured and exposed wooden furniture. Guests can choose to lounge on arm chairs or sit at one of the larger tables suitable for groups. No matter where you choose to sit you will be captivated by the wonderfully executed and unconventional choice of décor; low hung lighting, bowler hat lampshades, wall murals, neon sign, clipboard wall art, and our favourite by far, the animal shelving made from wine crates.
The Parts & Labour drinks menu offers a wide range of options, including very competitively priced cocktails and locally brewed ales. Here at House of Coco we love that Parts & Labour are supporting local breweries and are sympathetic to the local heritage of London’s East End- the Shoreditch Blonde is scrumptious! The menu serves an interesting selection of small and large plates, including a few dishes that channel the Jewish heritage of the Whitechapel area, including the Toasted Reuben (a hot salt beef sandwich with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese) and Chicken soup with dumplings and Sabich. The menu offers a wonderful combination of relaxed comfort food with fine cuisine. To start we opted for the grilled flatbread with hummus, pickled onions and toasted seeds as well as the pea and crab soup; both of which were wonderfully flavoursome and presented beautifully. The larger plates on the menu are comprised of a much heartier selection of food, including a variety of tender steaks, fresh fish and heavenly Gnocchi with wild mushrooms, lemon and garlic. Much to our delight at House of Coco, we were made aware that the restaurant works with a number of local London suppliers including Hansen and Lyderson smoked salmon. If you were to have room left after your first two courses, the Lemon and Elderflower Posset is a must. This delicious desert delicately balances the sharpness of the lemon with the gentle hint of elderflower to create a light and fulfilling dessert. It is wonderfully presented with a generous piece of basil shortbread – an incredibly tasty accompaniment.
Appealing to local Londoners as well as visitors to the Capital, Parts & Labour is set to make its mark on East London’s vibrant dining scene and we are thoroughly impressed here at House of Coco. The ambitious interior design paired with the delectable dishes will no doubt make Parts & Labour a city wide favourite reaching far from its East End roots.