A novel hybrid fusing the laidback atmosphere of a supper club with the artistry of fine dining, The Water House Project bills itself as a "dining experience" rather than anything as pedestrian as a traditional restaurant. It is was founded by one Gabriel Waterhouse, a Galvin la Chapelle-trained chef who originally launched the initiative as a 12-seat experience within his own flat in Bethnal Green. It soon became a cult success, leading Waterhouse to expand with a residency on Hackney's Mare Street, before opening permanent premises on nearby Corbridge Crescent last September.
Here, would-be diners are asked to purchase tickets in advance and arrive promptly for the evening's single 7pm seating (currently offered Wednesdays - Saturdays). There is just the one menu on offer, a nine-course tasting affair, changing each month to reflect the freshest seasonal ingredients - especially vegetables - whilst dishes combine earthy flavours with subtly Nordic influences. Tailored wine pairings are also available, as well as non-alcoholic alternatives with home-made infusions.