With perfect timing to celebrate Monday being a day of leisure rather than labour, Tonic & Remedy are opening the doors to what promises to be one of the most exciting foodie additions to the Shoreditch area. Keeping it local, the restaurant and bar have drawn on their surroundings for inspiration, in particular the apothecary and herb-cultivation connections that this then-rural area had in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Situated on the ground and mezzanine floors of boutique hotel M by Montcalm on City Road, the interiors have been designed by London-based Tonik Associates who also explored the wealth of local history for ideas – leather walls are a nod to the era when tanneries proliferated, while grain-timber floors reference the industrial heritage and warehousing of the area.
But it is what the body, rather than the eyes, will feast on that promises to draw the crowds. At the helm will be Yorkshire-born chef Paul Welburn, who earned his stripes at the Michelin-starred restaurant Rhodes W1. Creating a menu that is British in feel, Welburn picks out smoked-eel mousse with jelly and seaweed scones (£8) as encapsulating the essence of his food – a modern twist on traditional jellied eels. As for the emphasis on herbs and medicines, look to his herbal salad with avocado, pomegranate and parsley-wine dressing (£10).
Heading up the bar, French-born Jeremy Pascal has crafted an intoxicating cocktail menu, his role as ambassador for Benedictine evident in such delights as Apothecary,which mixes Benedictine DOM, green chartreuse and Drambuie with butterscotch peach jam and rosemary. Other stand-out tipples are Bloody Remedy (Absolut Blue vodka, house-made spice mix, dry sherry, celery and cucumber foam and salt) and Patience & Thyme (Beefeater London dry gin infused with thyme, Benedictine, raspberry, honey and smoked egg white).
It might seem too good to be true that all of the above fall under the umbrella of tonics and remedies – but it’s worth a try.