On Expenses - The East Room, London EC2

Reviewer: Joanna Trezise, senior consultant, The HeadLand Consultancy

- What's it good for?

On the northern fringe of the City, The East Room is a tiny slice of Shoreditch cool. It is a private members club, but has just opened its new dining room to non-members. Stylish yet laid back, it is a good place to meet journalists or surprise City-based clients more used to fine dining.

- Signature dishes

Its style of 'DIY dining' may sound too much like hard work, but the generous buffet is excellent - fresh seafood, carved meats and colourful salads. At £7 for a small plate and £11 for a large, it won't break the bank either. The a la carte menu is varied too; the tuna carpaccio is particularly good.

- Who's the boss?

Owned by Jonathan Downey, it's part of the group comprising Soho's Milk and Honey and The Player. So expect slick service in a good-looking setting.

- Tips, please?

Retire to the central sofas for coffee, or, for the brave, one of the rare Armagnacs on offer. Give yourself time to find it. There is no name above the door, but it is next to Sosho.

The East Room, 2a Tabernacle Street, EC2A 4LU, 07000 847876.

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