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5.2 /6 Excellent 121 Reviews

Jago

Brick Lane International ££ +100

About Jago

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Around the corner from London’s busy Brick Lane, down Hanbury Road, you’ll find a curious, ramshackle building housing Jago, a restaurant taking its name from the former slum area in which it stands. Jago is the Ashkenazi-influenced brainchild of architect duo SelgasCano, and their simple, delicious offering and drinks menu must be bitten into to be believed. It’s all put together by former Ottolenghi had chef Louis Solley, but the Jago ethos prompts their dishes to speak for themselves – there’s no need to make a fuss about certifiably fine food.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Friday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Jago, 60-80 Hanbury Street, E1 5JL London

Further Information

Jago’s beautifully minimalist website sums it up. On paper, Jago is a bar and restaurant with Ashkenazi influences. What does this mean for diners? Well, firstly you can find Jago close to Brick Lane along Hanbury Street in London. More importantly, Jago’s somewhat coy self-description means beautiful, minimalist dishes that take inspiration from the cuisines of the world’s diverse Ashkenazi Jewish communities. A serve of grilled challah, labneh and honey – something you might breakfast on in Israel – leaps out at you from the menu, as does the veal cheek goulash, orzo and sour cream – a hearty dish that alludes to Eastern European tastes.

The drinks selection again refuses to make much fuss, allowing the list to speak for itself. Besides well-curated reds, whites, sparkling, sweet and fortified wines, Jago features a selection of fino wines: refined, dry, pale Spanish sherries. A stone’s throw from the madding crowd of Brick Lane, Jago’s Hanbury Street location and laconic presence communicates confidence and calm. Come see and taste for yourself. However, it should be noted that Jago’s head chef is Louis Solley, formerly head chef for Ottolenghi in Notting Hill. Evidently a modest chap, his fresh and unadorned young restaurant, Jago, is open for bookings.

CHEF'S CHOICE

121 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 121 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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5 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 07:26

Love this restaurant. Great for breakfast or lunch - it's also goood for work meetings as it's very impressive and the food is good! Recommended

5 reviews so far 6
17.06.2016 09:47

Great for a breakfast meeting - great food, staff were great - changed the air con for me even. definitely recommend it for meetings in east london.

1 review so far 6
14.02.2016 08:42

The food and the restaurant was very nice. We very loved that. Staff was very helpfull. Really enjoyed our visit in there. The bigest rate.

1 review so far 6
22.01.2016 10:17

Great food as always from an imaginative menu. It's always nice to take 'newbies' there and them to hear their compliments. Not guaranteed always to be on the menu, the fish, both mackerel and skate, was superb. 5 of us shared for lunch. It really is a gem.

6 reviews so far 5
18.12.2015 08:41

Jago is somewhat tucked away on Hanbury Street, away from the plethora of restaurants on Brick Lane. With a clever mixed use of space between the restaurant/bar and funky offices, it presents a quite different vibe to other places in the area, and is a bright, lofty and welcoming place. On our visit, the traditional jazz soundtrack to the evening also enhanced the atmosphere. Staff are friendly and the food is delicious, with a tapas/sharing style to all the dishes. Well worth a visit if you're after something Mediterranean accompanied by wine or cocktails.

1 review so far 4
23.08.2015 20:53

The restaurant is tucked away, just down the road from Brick Lane market. It's a wonderfully wacky building and it feels like you're dining in a conservatory with a glass covering and bright orange painted wood covering the bottom half of the interior. It feels very modern and is very comfortable. We ordered clams, confit tuna and bread for our meal. The waiter didn't explain that the figures were relatively small/ the menu was meant to be sharing or tapas style, however the portion was enough given that my friend and I weren't particularly hungry. The confit tuna was lovely - well cooked and it went well with the salad. The clams tasted great. The service was fine and the food was well priced. I think Jago is the sort of trendy place that's worth experiencing if you're in the area and it would be a perfect place to go with a large group of friends.

1 review so far 3
11.02.2015 11:12

Very quirk place, oddly no name anywhere so weren't sure we were in the right place! Began with my friend rather hurriedly ordering a glass of wine from the top selection listed, which turned out t be vile - we asked the waitress what it was and she said maybe a dessert wine but she didn't know. We said it was awful, it really did taste terrible, and she just took it away without offering to refund. We placed our order, and after 30minutes asked where it was, and it turned out the order hadn't made it to the kitchen! We were given our bottle of wine we had ordered on the house by way of apology, and when the food did arrive it was delicious. Grilled cheese and salt beef were amazing, veal goulash good too. Great food, odd location, almost a long tube attached to what is peraps an office? Canteen? Who knows? and not very clued up staff made for a slightly surreal experience. Toilets were overflowing and not very pleasant. Nice to try, but we won't be returning.

1 review so far 6
21.04.2015 10:49

Jago is one of the best dining experiences I've had in London for many years now. Great atmosphere and absolutely outstanding food. Best of the best in regards to exciting combinations of flavours with a spanish flare. We shared about five starters and one main. You must do this too in order to taste more of their dishes. Fantastic wine list too using wine from smaller vineyards focusing on an all-natural process of creation without additives to influence the flavours. I will be going back very soon.

3 reviews so far 6
20.07.2015 11:35

Took a colleague who had never visited before this time. He was impressed with quality of the food and the surroundings which on a busy lunchtime he found fascinating. I went veggie as ever. The Mushrooms were great and the cheese which we included in our starter (as I am always too full later) was excellent. My colleague's Tuna was well presented and disappeared fast. Another great Jago's experience

3 reviews so far 6
28.04.2015 12:52

I enjoyed a great dining experience at Jagos in the evening of 21st April 2015. Top notch food which was freshly cooked to our taste. Very attentive and knowledegable staff who looked after us really well and a lovely evening atmosphere with the music at just the right level. Finishing everthing off with their excellent selection of cheeses we left very satisifed but no overfaced. Would recommend !

1 review so far 5
07.03.2015 19:20

Interesting food - I had the veal goulash as a main, and my companion the hake with broccoli - both very tasty though not huge portions so if you like a large plateful maybe not so good. Overall it was a fun buzzy place offering different food to many of the restaurants in the Brick Lane area. We liked the interesting Orange decor - the world seemed very grey and gloomy after an hour or so in Jago's.

1 review so far 5
25.02.2015 11:15

Jago is a lovely restaurant in a very unique place. The interior design is very interesting and contributes to made it very welcoming. The food is a kind of Ottolenghi, fresh products, lots of vegetables and plenty of tasty fresh herbs. Besides the menu, they prepare at least four different dishes everyday. If you like to have variety in your plate, they offer the possibility to combine portions of those dishes. Lovely.

1 review so far 5
18.02.2015 08:35

Food was amazing, cannot note any faults with the flavours or presentation. Service was not so inviting, front of house stuff seemed too 'cool' to smile and too busy to serve customers, we waited almost 30 mins for our plates to be removed and receive the desserts menu, and a further 15 mins for the bill. I would definitely recommend the food but it may have to be a take away.

1 review so far 6
02.02.2015 18:43

The interior design is very unique. The food is amazing, tasteful and modern-cuisine. Portions are small though so it is better to order more than usual and share. The wine list is great. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Overall we had a lovely evening and we absolutely enjoyed our dinner. Thank You Jago!

1 review so far 6
09.08.2015 20:08

Great food in a quirky space (I've been told it was award-winning, in fact!) - it was on the quiet side on a Saturday afternoon but the food was done very well. I had the octopus salad and it was very refreshing. Food and drinks were very reasonably priced as well.

2 reviews so far 6
27.05.2015 21:29

Lovely food and service, good experience of something new. A bit disappointed by the dessert, the pannacotta was a let down after such a nice starter and mains, but read that somewhere else so I should have followed my instinct. Definitively recommend the place as long as you avoid the pannacotta

1 review so far 5
17.02.2015 10:59

Fantastic venue, very clean, modern and funky surroundings. Take a seat at the bar and enjoy bar foods and alcohol. Cocktail list small but a nice selection (providing you're not a cocktail connoisseur) Food portions are large for a la carte menu, all cooked to perfection! Great staff and service, will definitely be going again for their Breakfast menu!

1 review so far 5
28.03.2015 18:51

Delicious cocktails at the funky looking bar (vodka martini & negroni) before being seated in the restaurant. Very buzzy but we didn't feel crammed in. We ordered a whole heap of starters to share (beetroot polenta, croquettes - must order these!!) So tasty! still thinking of them today... get yourself down there - wont be disappointed!

1 review so far 6
09.01.2015 07:36

Jago was an amazing find! The food was superb, atmosphere really quirky and service was great. We were lucky to have gone so recently after them opening because it was relatively quiet and I don't imagine it will be long before they're packed out every night!

1 review so far 6
06.02.2015 10:12

Good food, and a good venue. They were very eager and happy to accommodate our various dietary requirements (and we are an awkward bunch). Wine list was good and very reasonably priced. Overall ambience was good, very friendly and relaxed - looking forward to going again!

2 reviews so far 6
17.02.2015 21:30

Great food, reasonably priced. Friendly service, attentive and efficient. Wonderful fresh squeezed juices. I had the Hake which was moist and soft accompanied with delicious broccoli. Seating is either at communal tables or tables under a futuristic glass structure. All in all a very satisfying experience.

1 review so far 6
04.04.2015 10:48

Just fabulous! Love the quirkiness of the build - amazing what you can do with a tired office block. The vibe inside is wonderful, service is friendly & knowledgable - the food & wine is delicious. Great night out - will be visiting again soon.

2 reviews so far 6
25.04.2015 14:42

It is a lovely experience sitting in the conservatory-like setting here. Most excellent advice on wine from Hugh and delicious food especially the scallops, octopus and haddock. The orange cake was as ever fabulous and we missed the frozen cheesecake this time around.

1 review so far 5
05.08.2015 08:59

The food was fresh and delicious, the cocktails were great, and the hosts very nice! we particularly enjoyed the great advice on the wine. Only downside is that the mains are quite tiny, some main salads should be presented as starters and the bigger salads should remain in the mains section.

1 review so far 5
11.02.2015 13:28

Really relaxed vibe, great setting and the food was pretty good too. Service may be a little slow for some and the toilets all blocked when we were there which, although inconvenient, could happen anywhere I guess! In all though I really liked it and would recommend people to try it.

1 review so far 6
18.12.2014 06:34

Fantastic atmosphere, beautiful setting and attentive service. The food was such good value for money and the wine choices... Inspired. Delicious food that was very different to mainstream European style restaurants. Ill be going back for sure. Ps. Try the orange cake!!!

1 review so far 6
20.04.2015 17:56

Great venue... Lovely Staff... Excellent Ambiance! The workers menu is a real deal at £5! Great for a quick lunch or a place to work. Quite popular and not very big so if you want a table you would need to book.

1 review so far 6
19.04.2015 11:09

The food was absolutely delicious. I was so pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. The wine was also brilliant and the staff just the right amount of helpful and enthusiastic. Would 100% recommend to anyone. Great setting too. Will be going back

1 review so far 6
14.12.2014 15:24

We ate here tapas style, a load of dishes on the table and we all got to try everything, like a picnic but with better decor and an extensive and impressive wine list! Super knowledgeable and lovely staff as well.

1 review so far 6
24.03.2015 10:09

Lovely space, the staff are very welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was excellent, simple well balanced ingredients but we would have liked a few more vegetable options to balance out the richness of the other dishes.

1 review so far 5
15.03.2015 08:12

Food was simple and well executed, wine was excellent, overall good value. Dessert was a relative weak point with a rock-hard frozen cheesecake, which was like eating a large ice cube. Overall really good addition to the neighbourhood and I even liked the Austin Powers style interior.

1 review so far 5
05.02.2015 09:31

Food was amazing! Different atmosphere then I was expecting - but overall great after work dinner! Service was a bit hit and miss -very knowledgeable staff, but I think it was busier then expected so hard at times to get their attention. Otherwise- great night out!

6 reviews so far 5
19.01.2015 11:34

It was a lovely change to your usual restaurant atmosphere. However it was a bit chilly due to the slats in the bench running along the perspex outer layer. The food however was simple, but delicious. Really enjoyed my evening here. Will be back.

1 review so far 5
07.04.2015 15:42

Excellent customer service and cocktails, those alone would make me go back! A very knowledgeable waiter helped choose a perfect wine to accompany our food. Also a great space, could be perfect setting to host creative workshops followed by dinner in this environment.

1 review so far 6
04.02.2015 14:16

Loved the design of the place. Staff was really good and most importantly food was delicious and well priced. Will definitely return. They should just put a sign with the name up, difficult to find...

1 review so far 5
30.01.2015 09:25

Very nice evening at Jago. Interior decor very retro but chilled. Excellent service and good wine. Food was good quality and even though time out says the veal cheek is the best plate, it's definitely the braised duck and red cabbage.

3 reviews so far 5
30.07.2015 09:58

Enjoyed the experience and would return. Dishes are well priced and interesting. We loved the spicy njuda on toast and also enjoyed our roast poussin and octopus and orange salad. Cooking is unpretentious and service is attentive. Great wine selection!

1 review so far 6
19.12.2014 21:47

Excellent food; 'fit for foodies'. Very friendly service. Reasonable prices. Great wine list (ask for recommendations). Very trendy! Very strange building - if you think you're there you're probably there... good luck!

1 review so far 6
24.05.2015 16:10

Quirky little place .. Food was so tasty.. Only downfall was there isn't a sides menu .. So don't expect to be able to order vegetables or potatoes with your main

1 review so far 6
22.03.2015 13:31

Delicious food and totally amazing venue! I will definitely go back. I love how light and open it feels. Service was exceptional. Puddings epic. My vegetarian friend was v happy too.

1 review so far 6
17.04.2015 09:45

Excellent place for lunch meetings - good food, cool environment. The workers lunch is fantastic value and very tasty. The beef curry was wonderfully aromatic and tender. Coffee is very strong.

2 reviews so far 5
20.08.2015 08:30

Very interesting building design and tasty food - I recommend the duck. On the down side, it didn't quite feel like a professional restaurant, more a pleasant cafe run as a sideline of the office space.

1 review so far 6
24.05.2015 16:44

Fantastic...cool and relaxed vibe on Saturday night with great drinks in vintage glassware. Food was small side, but really good variety of dishes and Med flavors. Well worth seeking out!

1 review so far 5
11.08.2015 08:20

Delicious food, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic service. All of the dishes were well presented and tasty, although we would have liked a slightly larger portion of cheese for our money as it was so good!

5 reviews so far 5
24.05.2016 12:04

This is a great restaurant for business lunches - they do a fab £5 workers lunch as well but you cant eat them in the restaurant. service is touch and go but overall very good.

11 reviews so far 5
07.02.2016 10:40

Very diverse and interesting menu. My partner had the octopus and blood orange which he thoroughly enjoyed and we shared the cauliflower dish and gnocchi. Marvellous tasting food and great service, but a bit pricey!

1 review so far 6
13.09.2015 20:00

Great place - excellent food- such friendly staff. Fab. A little bit quiet for a Saturday night, but meant very relaxing and staff took lots of care of us!

1 review so far 6
11.09.2015 08:38

Excellent food, excellent service, owner was very knowledgeable about all the produce & wine and made some top recommendations. Thoroughly enjoyable experience and look forward to my next visit

1 review so far 5
01.06.2015 08:58

The restaurant has a great atmosphere and is a great place to eat on a sunny day. The food was excellent and expertly prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients - portions could be slightly larger.

4 reviews so far 5
16.10.2015 14:28

I will definitely have lunch or dinner at Jago again! Amazing design, nice service, really good food!