Restaurant review: Penkul & Banks


Penkul & Banks is a modern eatery offering a buzzing environment and neighbourhood attitude, making for a casual and vibrant all-day experience. The menu is made up of modern tapas and sharing plates. Head Chef Matt Bishop draws on his experiences from London and Hong Kong and produces simple modern European dishes with a Far Eastern twist. Dishes range from the popular prawn and pineapple toastie with Korean hot sauce, to kimchi, apple and bacon salad, to sirloin steak with pickled shiitake mushrooms. Owner Richard Wynne took inspiration from two  of the craftsmen whose furniture workshops were sited at 77 & 79 Curtain Road at the turn of the century, and this is reflected in both the design and his focus on sourcing great ingredients and carefully crafting them into beautiful dishes and drinks. The bar serves small batch American and local London craft beers alongside well-made classic and contemporary cocktails, such as the unique Penicillin (Johnnie Walker Black, Lagavulin, honey, ginger, and lemon) and a old-time favourite, Clover Club (Bombay Sapphire, raspberries, lemon, sugar, and egg white).

77 Curtain Road EC2A 3BS | 020 7729 2966 | T: @PenkulandBanks | FB: PenkulandBanks

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