But I had heard people talk about 'The Corner Room' with high praise and thought I'd see what the deal was. To be honest, I wasn't sure if this was an offshoot of Viajante, the bar area of it or something else altogether. With the entrance to Viajante seemingly closed, it was half heartedly that I walked round to the front of the old Bethnal Green town hall, now a hotel, thinking this idea was already dead in the water. To be honest, it's not obvious there's a restaurant inside the Town Hall Hotel and I had to venture in to the lobby and ask at the front desk.
So what's the deal? The Corner Room is a separate restaurant in the Town Hall Hotel. They serve water out of Viajante bottles but this is not a part of Viajante, so for example, reference will not be found to The Corner Room on the Viajante website, you'll need the hotel's website for information on it. Nuno Mendes is however overseeing the menus, but don't expect to find him cooking. They offer an a la carte menu and a no booking policy for dinner, though they do take bookings for lunch. Lunch is available between 12-4pm which we think is great, but even better, the lunch time prices are just £17 for two courses and £21 for three, so effectively a saving of about one quarter from evening prices.
Decor is very 'old town hall' like and that this room was formerly a bureaucrats office or civic meeting room will come as no surprise, even the furniture looks mostly left over from its town hall days, though in reality, that's highly unlikely. There's some funky light fittings throughout the room but it's really a simple affair, appropriate for the informal atmosphere they are trying to encourage.
The Corner Room is never going to be a restaurant to make a journey to, but if you do find yourself stuck in Bethnal Green for an hour between 12-4pm, this would be, without doubt, my recommended place to kill time.
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