Loosen your belts Islingtonites, for there’s a new gastro kid in town. Following on from the success of The East Room and Milk & Honey, the exclusive Rushmore Group has got stuck into its newest venture—Redhook—with the aim of bringing surf and turf fare back into the culinary spotlight.
Located on Turnmill Street and a stone’s throw from Clerkenwell’s many fabulous food haunts, Redhook is a triumphant blend of bare brick, exposed pipes, distressed floors, tinkling glasses and wide open spaces, with a considered layout that accommodates a ‘raw bar’ for cocktail and oyster quaffers looking for a more informal option than the intimate leather-boothed dining area.
It’s very Brooklyn, with a dash of upmarket Manhattan warehouse cool. Hell, even the waiters are standout pretty and eager to please. Fortunately, the stylish aesthetic of Redhook matches up to its substance; the menu offers an exciting, though not exactly carbon footprint friendly array of delicacies: scallops with butternut puree and chorizo, Canadian lobster, Norwegian king crab, slippery soft Wagyu beef from Australia and dinosaur-sized Madagascan prawns, grilled in the shell and brimming with salty, succulent, meaty flesh. Needless to say, the token vegetarian linguine on the menu doesn’t get much of a look in.
So it might not be the best choice for vegetarians, but then Redhook is a place where it does what it says on the tin and nothing more (save the pasta). Throw in an unpretentious ambiance, vintage furniture, high ceilings and low lights, and it’s easy to see why this is proving another successful culinary gem in Clerkenwell’s sizable crown.