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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 !