Brawn

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Brawn is located on Columbia Road in Bethnal Green. A neighborhood restaurant and bar cooking food that is within the season and sourced through as many local suppliers and producers within our community. As of January 2019 in the interest of work life balance for our dedicated team, we will be closing Sundays. Brawn opened in late 2010 to great critical acclaim receiving 5 stars from Fay Maschler in the Evening Standard, and a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2011.
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London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Phenomenal food, the starters were amazing and quirky. Impressive wine list, lovely decor.
The waitress was helpful but slightly grumpy. A wonderful experience still, highly recommended.

D
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything is fabulous at Brawn's.....Food, Wine, Music, Atmosphere, People

LC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So so wonderful as per guys, thanks a million and I'll see you all out and about soon.

Best wishes,
L.

NS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. One of the best lunches I’ve had in London. Really enjoyed the ambience and the interesting wines. Courteous and friendly servers and staff were helpful as well.

E
London
22 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great little find! Perfect local vibe, great staff, simple interiors & simple but very well done small plates! Loved it

PP
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really lovely evening here. Despite the fact we’d made a mistake with the time and were 30 minutes late they managed to fit us in, even though it was packed ..food was great, very interesting wine list, and friendly enthusiastic staff. Great restaurant !

LF
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a fantastic meal at Brawn. The dishes are inventive and perfectly balanced, my onglet steak main one of the best dishes I've eaten in a while. Coupled with a great, extensive wine list, it makes for a top dining experience.
The service is attentive and friendly, my only quibble would be the noise level in the room, but it doesn't detract much from the great atmosphere.

MF
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent, relaxed but knowledgeable service, the menu is full of things you want to eat, so you end up eating it all and it's worth every bit. Excellent wine at a wide range of price points, a beautiful dining room that i always leave full and happy.

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has everything - beautiful food, ambience and impeccable service. It rivals, if not beats, some of the Michelin starred places that are nearby. The wine list is impressive as well. We sat near the kitchen and marveled at how effortless the whole operation seems. I will definitely return here.

WL
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful meal for my husband's birthday with friends. Staff were friendly, attentive and knowledgable. We went for the amazing natural/biodynamic wine list which did not disappoint - and the food was outstanding - especially the squid tagliolini: oh my! My only issue was the usual regarding room noise - it go VERY loud in there and I don't like shouting over my dinner :-( Please install some baffle and/or soft furnishings - it doesn't have to be expensive and it makes ALL the difference!! Regardless, we WILL be back.

AR
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing, we're always surprised by how good it tastes. Seasonal flavours, interesting combinations within the dishes, and beautiful but unfussy presentation. The waiting staff are lovely, with good knowledge of the dishes, and spot-on wine recommendations. Our favourite place to eat!

CG
London
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant! The kind of place you’d like to meet up with friends every week. A proper neighbourhood restaurant with excellent, fresh food, an interesting food menu and wine list and friendly service. We can’t wait to go back.

IW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Brawn .
Really good neighborhood restaurant with great service and food .
The bread is amazing. Even if you don’t eat carbs , try it ;-)

JT
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, cosy, and delicious food. The service was great, constant refills of water without asking. Would go back again and again

S
Dubai
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, staff and overall vibe. Highly recommended

D
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food wine service and ambience. One of my favourites

OT
London
148 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurants are hard to find that are consistently good but Brawn is one. Seasonal ingredients treated well, good wines, knowledgeable and friendly staff.

H
London
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing evening at Brawn for my anniversary. One of the best meals we’ve ever eaten. The menu is simple and You can tell the quality of the ingredients is extremely fresh and high. Can’t wait to go again. All staff there were super friendly too.

w
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot - delighted we had a chance to dine with you

D
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite resto in East London, delicious food, great service, incredible wine list, inspiring atmosphere. Love

RP
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Excellent service which managed to be both efficient but also not formal. Delicious and original dishes.

FS
London
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brawn is an amazing place to eat and drink some good natural wines. Such a lovely restaurant, with its colourful chairs and flowers. In the plates, crispy artichokes and raw beef with parmesan : an original recipe which wakes up a traditional meal. A touch of British Pop, a piece of french mind, somewhere between Chassignolles and the Fooding land. A hot spot in Shoreditch, sincerely and warmly.

M
London
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I think Brawn is quickly becoming one of my favourite restaurants in London. The food is outstanding, the wine is relish and very fairly priced. This was the second time we've been and it did not disappoint!

RW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Nice tempo. Everyone really on their toes!

DW
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, amazingly delicious food and great value for money. Highly recommend it.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambience. Duck breast for main underwhelming

C
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been for years - still as good as I remembered. Had a wonderful lunch, clams & mussels, then lamb neck, and a gorgeous chenin blanc. Great service, spacious room.

CV
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant- been several times over the past few years and it’s still as good as ever. Very tasty food, reasonably priced. There are two dining areas, both nicely appointed to feel cosy and relaxed. Despite being buzzy and full on a Tuesday night, it wasn’t too loud. The staff seem well trained and friendly. I wish I lived closer- I’d be here every week.

SG
London
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem of a restaurant. I love coming here. If you want a great meal, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where you can kick back and enjoy yourself, this is the place. It never disappoints and always impresses people I bring here. It's great! Don't change a thing!

h
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is delicious- highly recommend the pork, which was succulent and had a perfect mustardy sauce we asked for extra bread to sop up. Service was friendly and helpful. The ambiance is cozy and spare but warm.

MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent outing for foodies.

The menu was top notch and excellently cooked. My wife had the Turbot, which she said was more tasty than another restaurant in the area which specialises in this dish. We tried three small plates and had a main course. The courses we tried were fantastic! The desert was creamy and nice (the Tiramisu) but given the superb standard of the other dishes it was slightly underwhelming. If I return I will probably try something else.

It's moderately priced and has a canteen-kitchen vibe. It's a little far from the other bars and restaurants in the area but during the summer months this is probably a plus.

Superb!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a while since I was blown away by a place - I think Brat pre it’s Michelin star was the last one - but this was exceptional. Everything from the ambiance, service, cocktails and food was fabulous. I’ve already booked my next table!

EH
London
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Little bit expensive for the food - the starters seemed of a higher standard/better flavour than the mains, but the overall experience was good and the staff were great. Would probably come back!

CC
London
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, squid starter was amazing!

BT
London
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great interesting wine. Okay service. This is the sort of place where you need food to go with your wine

F
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is our second time at Brawn. We LOVE the food. Both time we’ve had an amazing culinary experience. However the service on our last visit was quite disappointing. We understand that you are busy and there is going to be a waiting time, but we chose your restaurant to celebrate our graduation and it seemed that the waitress was having a hard time dealing with her tables or maybe she wasn’t in a good mood, but it’s not fair on us, specially bc we are paying and wanting to have a good time - We were told that we had to order fast because there’s a lot of people in the restaurant. We could tell she was stressed and made us feel stressed... putting pressure on us and serving us with actitud.
But other than that, the food was heaven!

E
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I have eaten in Brawn and each time it has been a delight! The space is light and airy, the food is delicious and the staff go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. There was a bit of a delay between our starters and main courses, but as we were sitting, drinking wine and chatting away it wasn't a problem. Perfect spot for a relaxed evening with family and friends. I will be back!

F
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant <3
Been here a couple of times and loved it every time.

WL
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Such a great vibe. Food was fantastic. They even remixed my Negroni for me when I said it was too heavy on the Campari.

DL
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The squid, cod and anchovies were delicious - the rest was ok. They ran out of half of the main menu but we kind of forgave as we were a late table (8:45pm).....although they continued to sit several tables after us? I could see it was super busy and there was a drive to turn tables over quickly but what Brawn may have gained on sales they lost on impression. I've left thinking lovely anchovies but not the best customer experience (except the guy who greeted us was very friendly).

p.s. Nice loos.

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