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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
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
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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!

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.