Hot spot: Urban Coterie brings glitz and enticing cocktails to Tech City

Tech City can be more hipster than high end - but Aspectus' Alastair Turner enjoys new arrival Urban Coterie.

The story

Tech City is more hipster than high end when it comes to dining options, with sustenance in Shoreditch tending to be of the liquid variety. That was until Urban Coterie opened its 17th-floor perch in the M by Montcalm Hotel (the building with the weird perspective-altering ext­erior you can see from Silicon Roundabout).

The reality

On arrival you are greeted by a light, bright space, with floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular views. The bar area looks over the city, has an enticing cocktail list and stocks some rare gems. Their Negroni – I don’t know what they did to it – tasted like a naughty dark chocolate orange and was, as they always are, a highly efficient drink. I’m told the house Prosecco tasted like ‘summer in a glass’ – and certainly disappeared as quickly as an English summer. Bar snacks of potato doughnuts, buttermilk chicken and pepper beignets were delicious and could be enough. But why stop there?

Signature dishes

Brixham crab with apple and celeriac was a succulent sea-and-sweet mix, while lemon sole, brown butter and shrimp was cooked to perfection. The custard tart had a wonderful wobble and savoury spice to it, and mango sorbet and fruit salad made for a wonderfully zesty palate cleanser.

Dining experience ****

Chance of getting a last-minute booking *****

For now, at least. We were in the bar and simply fancied a bite to eat, so no booking required.

Client wow factor ****

If you are near Old Street roundabout, it’s probably the most glitzy destination in the area and the view is good – but there is a pinch of posh Premier Inn about the design.
Overall ****

It’s still slightly finding its way, but staff are utterly charming, the cocktails are dangerous, the food is moreish and the venue is just glam enough. It’s not bad value, with three courses and a decent bottle around £55 a head.

Reviewed by Alastair Turner, CEO, Aspectus PR

151-157 City Rd, 
London EC1V 1JH
020 3837 3108

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