Review of 'Tramshed (NOW CLOSED)'

Ever since we heard of the opening of Tramshed we have wanted to get here despite it being a bit off of our normal patch…We were lucky enough to get a early evening meal deal of £16 for three courses (and a cocktail) with the starter and main encompassing the two main focuses of this restaurant: Chicken and beef. Indeed, when you approach this restaurant, of course, housed in a former tramshed, the vast interior is dominated by a large glass tank containing a cow with a chicken perched on top of it (preserved in formaldehyde). Fans of the Cartoon Network might also notice a large painting of “Cow and Chicken” on the back wall of the mezzanine. Despite all of the hard surfaces we found it easy to hold a conversation even as the place filled in the evening - perhaps helped by the very ceiling (with skylight).

The set menu was exactly that - Three courses, no choices, but even the standard menu is quite basic concentrating on the two main ingredients. If you order the chicken it comes to the table doing a headstand with the attached feet sticking in the air and surrounded by chips (the waiter, thankfully, helps with the carving; £25 for two people)…but this was not on our menu.

Our starter was a light salad with pieces of chicken, a bit of chicken skin, a deep-fried croquette with a scattering of peas, broad beans and fresh salad leaves. Despite the lack of a dressing this was amazingly tasty with the chicken deliciously moist and the croquette wonderful without being greasy. The vegetables were fresh and crispy - full of flavour.

Our main course was skirt steak served simply with a side of french fries (and a small container of Béarnaise sauce). Wow. The steak was cooked perfectly (medium rare - we were not even asked) and excellently seasoned - So tender it was a joy to eat. The fries were crispy and delicious.

Last but not least, the dessert was one of their signature puddings: “Ronnie's Apple Pie” served with fresh custard. Again, fantastic flavours with the apple even in the delightful crust that was more like a crunchy cake. Wow (again).

The main menu is simple with prices not unbelievable for the quality on display here. We will be back to try the chicken but we would not go wrong to try some more of the steaks as well…

Relaxed staff here make the evening wonderful indeed. Don't expect the most fancy of meals but it is certainly delicious. I can't think of any complaints at all…

Rating: “I have absolutely no complaints”

Review Date: 2013-07-04

Cuisine: American/British

Address: 32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3LX ENGLAND

Public Transport: TUBE Old Street

Location: London (England) - Shoreditch



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