No joke, this was definitely one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a long time. Quietly tucked away down a side street off Kingsland Road, Waterhouse Restaurant ticks both taste bud and eco credential boxes in one. Overlooking Regents Canal within a unique development of social and private housing, Waterhouse is one of a kind. Designed by Waugh Thistleton architects and using the likes of renewable energy, a wormery and their own filtered water system, Waterhouse definitely makes you all green again. The setting was pure and much to my own taste, with exposed concrete ceilings and natural wood fittings. However, it was the relaxed atmosphere and the wholesome seasonal food that was the winner in all of this. I went along for a friend’s birthday on a hot summer’s day in August (in between all the rain we’ve had lately!), and was surprised at how peaceful the place was, which is rare in London let’s be honest. We managed to get a table on the terrace which was an outright winner, and happily sipped organic/carbon neutral wine whilst watching the cyclists on the other side of the canal.
We ordered crunchy sourdough bruschetta with dips to start with olives. I went for the red wine braised mutton w/polenta and salsa verde for my main, which pretty damn tasty and very filling. The mutton was tender and went well with the tangy green salsa verde and creamy polenta. The portions were well sized and we didn’t manage dessert, but will leave that for my next visit. The food was delicious, carefully put together and wholesome, the kind that makes you feel better instantly after a hard day at work.
We stayed late into the night, and the waitress lit candles. It was a beautiful atmosphere, enhanced by the laid back friendliness of the staff and background reggae/ska music. The highlight of the evening was definitely the canal boat which was moored next to the terrace. Halfway through the meal, we were surprised to see a couple climb right over our table from the boat – no boundaries here! And that’s what I love about it. Waterhouse restaurant is without pretension. It’s a little eco gem and place of calm amongst the London madness.