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Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room

Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room

Modern European | The City

The restaurant offering at the Whitechapel gallery promises 'no fuss cooking with an eclectic take on seasonal ingredients'. Early diners had service issues - but most approved of the pared-down design of the dining room.

Restaurant details

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
Nearest station: Aldgate East
Telephone number: 020 7522 7896

Opening times: Tuesday–Friday, 11.30am–3pm and 5.30–11pm (last food orders 9.30pm); Saturday, 11.30am–11pm (last food orders 9.30pm); Sunday, 11.30am–5.30pm

More info: 
  • Bar area
  • Wheelchair access


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77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX


Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Liz Hoggard Evening Standard
Reviewed on September 09, 2010
""...I’d climb over hot coals to taste the aubergine quiche with potato sorrel, watercress and chilli baked beans again. Melt-in-the-mouth pastry, with a delicate nutty filling (no hint of nasty cheesy additives), works beautifully with home-made baked beans, lightly spiced."" READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on September 26, 2009
"So, hated the gallery, loved the restaurant." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on June 06, 2009
"The menu is that ubiquitous modern English that has colonised every dining room east of Tottenham Court Road: short and well made, and austere with treats, but without surprises." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
"Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed on May 08, 2009
"Perhaps it helps that the chef knows a bit about cooking in a cultural environment. Whatever the reason, the food was much better than one might expect." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6.5
John Walsh Independent
Reviewed by May 09, 2009
"The Gallery Dining Room is absurdly small, but it's got a big heart for both flavour and invention." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Charmaine Mok Time Out
Reviewed on April 23, 2009
"Elia’s vibrancy shone through though, despite the parsimonious servings and enthusiastic pricing." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on April 22, 2009
"Eel pâté made from “locally smoked eel” was served with slender slices of grilled baguette and almost transparently thin discs of marinated beetroot laid artfully alongside, making crimson circles on a long, narrow white plate." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Dos Hermanos Dos Hermanos Estimated score
Reviewed on April 14, 2009
"...we’re still wondering how the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room had managed to extract £32 odd quid a head (after 20% discount) from us in a little over one hour for food which even the most benign consumer would describe as inept." READ REVIEW

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