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Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel

Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel

Modern European | Shoreditch, Clerkenwell

The Ace hotels are always huge wherever they open, the New York one has April Bloomfiled in the house, and have a distinct hipsterish/trendy vibe about them. This Shoreditch outpost sees them bringing in the people behind Bistrotheque and Shrimpy's to run the restaurant, which will serve seasonal English food.

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100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ
Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street
Telephone number: 020 8880 6100
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Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Critics' score: 6
Jay Rayner Observer
Reviewed on March 02, 2014
"I can't claim the cooking is good enough to quite wrestle the entire proposition out of the realms of Shoreditch Tossfestery. But you can eat well here, if you manage not to think about the cost." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 2
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on February 02, 2014
"Hoi Polloi would only be a disappointment if you came with expectations. It was a kitchen that believed its cool status would overcome its fundamental laziness and deficiency. It’s not clever and it’s not funny." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8.5
Amol Rajan Independent
Reviewed on October 27, 2013
"This is, indeed, how hoi polloi should eat: unfussy and surrounded by warmth. Goodness knows what Thucydides would have made of it, but I shall be coming back time and again." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Grace Dent Evening Standard Estimated score
Reviewed by November 15, 2013
"When I went I ate a perfectly good skirt steak with dripping chips and an onion fritter, a cobnut salad (which comes with salad cream, of which I’m a shameless fan), plus a date pudding with marmalade ice cream and treacle sauce. ‘Yes’ to all of this." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Joe Warwick Metro
Reviewed on October 31, 2013
"Try as I may, fit for purpose as it might be, it’s currently hard to get excited by Hoi Polloi’s rather utilitarian menu, despite the technical excellence and stylish scene that surrounds it." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on October 24, 2013
"Potato dumplings (aka gnocchi) are served with tender baby globe artichokes and wild mushrooms. The size of this – and other savoury dishes – was modest, but prices are fair. Old-fashioned lemon posset is given a contemporary twist with a red berry puree. All our dishes were faultess." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on October 09, 2013
"Parsley and potato soup with mustard cream, sounding so innocuous, is extraordinarily potent in its hit of chlorophyll. Little fists of charred broccoli go well with pearly flakes of salt cod. A chap at the next table with whom I am now on warmly friendly terms has recommended it." READ REVIEW

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