Bull in a china shop

Shoreditch’s Bull In A China Shop comes from the owners of The Drunken Monkey, a local Chinese dim sum parlour and cocktail bar. With the new venue, the team is raising its amber-filled glasses to the nineteen twenties Chinese settlers of neighbouring Limehouse.

The design references the concept; played out with a collection of medicine bottles and bone china ornaments against a backdrop of textured, whitewashed walls.

The kitchen serves three meals a day, seven days a week; Chef Simon Chan’s healthy, contemporary take on classic Chinese dishes referenced in items like Chinese-spiced, whisky-glazed rotisserie chicken, black bamboo charcoal brioche buns from The Dusty Knuckle Bakery, and superfood salads. Early risers can partake of a host of breakfast options, including bao, smoothies, and sweet and savoury congee (rice porridge).

Later in the day, explore the cocktail bar, which lists over thirty Japanese and Scotch whiskies. The carefully-sourced collection includes extremely rare limited edition brands including Karuizawa and the lesser known Akashi and Ichiro; all served neat or over ‘rocks’ hand-carved by expert bartenders from counter-top blocks. If you prefer your whisky beverages a little longer, house cocktails feature interesting East Asian flavours.

If you’re looking to impress, opt for the set-price, whisky-paired, three-course evening dining menu which includes a welcome whisky cocktail and a premium whisky, expertly matched to the main course by the bar team. You don’t need to show us the way to the next whisky bar – this one will do nicely.

196 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE | bullinachinashop.london | T: @BullChinaShopE1 | FB: bullchinashop.london

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