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For Japanese food and quirky cocktails in suitably hipster surroundings, you can’t do much better than Tony Conigliaro’s Untitled Bar in Dalston. Having just launched a new innovative menu to serve alongside an array of award-winning drinks, east London’s hottest new opening is already creating a buzz. We paid a visit to see what all the fuss was about…​

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The concept…

Brought to you by the brains behind award-winning 69 Colebrooke Row Bar – aka The Bar with No Name – and Bar Termini in Soho, voted Bar of the Year by Time Out, mixology master Tony Conigliaro is back on the scene with yet another winner. Hackney’s latest hipster hotspot, Untitled, is the third bar in his unique collection, and it comes with a selection of rather inventive Japanese-inspired sharing plates, each carefully designed to complement Untitled’s elaborate cocktails.

The setting…

Taking inspiration from Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory – the glinting tin-foil den that provided a creative space for artists, creatives and radical thinkers during the ‘60s – interiors are pared back with specks of silver. A communal coffee table provides a workspace during the day, then by night, it transforms into a hub of activity, serving up experimental cocktail creations, Asian-inspired bar snacks and, for the more discerning diner, a moreish menu of Japanese sharing plates created by Conigliaro and executive chef Roy Cameron, who has previously worked at El Bulli, 41 Degrees and Hoja Santa.

What to eat…

Dishes on the evening menu are intricate and unusual. Diners are welcomed with an edible gel film rose petal infused with beetroot and rose, presented on a petri dish as a ‘wish’ and designed to work as a palate cleanser before delving into an impressive selection of Asian-inspired dishes. Miso tomatoes with yuzu zest leave a burst of sweet and tangy aromas lingering on the tongue, and the grilled edamame with bulldog sauce were so moreish we couldn’t resist ordering another portion. The dishes are small, so if you’re sharing, it wouldn’t be indulgent to order everything on the menu, that way you can work your way through all the flavours. The cured duck with liquorice teriyaki sauce and glazed beef rib with pickled cucumber are particularly impressive.

The drinks…

Conigliaro never fails to surprise and ignite the senses with his collection of bonkers boozy infusions. Notable mentions on Untitled’s menu include Waif – an elegant fusion of rhubarb, rose vodka, silver tea and Champagne; Gonzo – with dark caramel, buckwheat, ambrette and tequila; and the Habana – with molasses rum, rooibos and soy, each one artfully presented in glassware, delicate china or garnished with gold petals.

Who goes…

Dalston’s cool set, naturally. This Andy Warhol-inspired hangout has ‘hipster’ written all over it.

We’ll go back for…

The daytime savoury menu. With mouth-watering morsels including the katsu sandwich with beef, pickle and bulldog sauce and hot buckwheat noodles in smoked clear chicken broth with crispy chicken skin, cured egg yolk and horseradish, this is a serious contender for a Saturday brunch date.

538 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London E8 4AH



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