A new restaurant has arrived in Clerkenwell (well sort of!)
Having launched early this year, Coin Laundry, one of the most exciting openings in Islington’s Exmouth Market, is a new bar and restaurant, set over two floors with restored original pub features, and is set to inject some much needed fun & dimension to Clerkenwell’s culinary hotspot, Exmouth market. As a local, it’s great to see this venue being used for something fun as it really is a beautiful space…and huge too!
Now, if you are a lover of Chicken Kievs, fancy teaming it with Black Forest Trifle or Soda
Stream cocktails and then top with a space full of vintage pinball machines?
Sounds cool right?
Coin Laundry has fast become (by it’s own standards – which are pretty high) the new & upmarket ‘Tinsletown’. And by upmarket I mean you can actually buy tasty food! Coin Laundry offers retro British comfort food in laid back surroundings from morning to late night.
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Designed by Head Chef Nik Prescot, the menu at Coin Laundry looks to the 70s and 80s for inspiration to create dishes that are relaxed, accessible and non-prescriptive – the
menu is split into Morning, All Day and Bar snacks, allowing guests to pick and choose and share dishes with their table. No restrictions!
Whilst the morning menu offers everything from the nations favourite pork filled, bacon & sausage baps to fruit salads, I opted for the all day menu when visiting last Wednesday evening with my possible Mother-in-law and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere so we could actually chat and hear each other whilst enjoying the likes of the 70’s Prawn Cocktail dish.
The drinks were heavenly and felt as if they were on a constant stream. If you are overwhelmed by the Cocktail list, just opt for The 70’s Porn Star – it’s literally the best (and strongest on the menu).
And what about the signature dish you ask? At Coin Laundry the signature dish is the oh-so-humble 1970s favourite – the Chicken Kiev – made modern with hand foraged wild garlic and a secret bread-crumb blend. Coin Laundry even has a “Kiev Counter” which counts down the number of breaded cutlets left in the kitchen.
Fancy something a little different? Try Rabbit Balti Pie and Lamb Faggots which cater for the more adventurous diner or try the delicious Garlic Mushrooms above. The only downside is that for a retro themed kitchen, I was surprised to be the Mushrooms without the batter coating which was very on trend in the 70’s. So I have heard.
My overall verdict on Coin Laundry is that it’s a fun place to hangout in Islington, slightly away from the big high street chains and boring Summer locations. I really enjoyed the restaurant’s theme and I’m sure the bar downstairs is incredible come a Wednesday or Thursday night. The staff at Coin Laundry were relaxed but tentative which is just what any happy customer can expect/ hope for. The food was good, but unfortunately, not incredible however I would revisit Coin Laundry and I hope they can stay in that location for a long time!
Have you been to Coin Laundry? Are you a vintage fanatic and want to give it a try?
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