Chiringuito opened in Bethnal Green during the long hot summer of 2018; now, as winter rolls by, the neighbourhood bar and restaurant has launched a weekend menu of lazy brunches and Sunday roasts that draws from Latin-American flavours and looks forward to the warmth of summer days.
The weekend menu is inspired by fresh Hispanic and Latin American flavours while embracing seasonal British produce. The Sunday Roast menu includes Pollo Pachamanca, half a baby chicken slow-roasted in the traditional Peruvian style, as well as Carne Asada of slow-cooked British rump with rosemary and served with a rich beef gravy. All roasts are accompanied by an abundance of crispy rosemary potatoes, honey-glazed carrots and seasonal roasted vegetables.
When the weekend arrives, guests can settle in for bottomless brunch with free-flowing Bloody Marys, Bellinis and Frozen Margaritas to accompany the mouth-watering breakfast feast. Dishes include the Veggie Chiringuito Breakfast of eggs, vegan chorizo, mushroom, grilled tomato, halloumi, mixed beans and sourdough toast or Peruvian-style Granola comprising quinoa, chia, almonds, pecans and served with coconut yoghurt, honey and fresh fruit. Diners are invited to prolong weekend afternoons out on the heated rooftop terrace with a glass or two of Spanish wine or craft beers from local East London breweries. The bar also offers an extensive range of Spanish gins, whilst the cocktail menu puts Latino twists on classics such as the Mezcaloni, a Mexican take on the Negroni, stirred down with Gem & Bolt mezcal, thyme syrup, chilli infused cacao and Campari.
The heated rooftop bar and restaurant downstairs are both available for private party hire and can be rented out together for larger gatherings with a combined capacity of 150 seated or 200 standing. Framed by the surrounding trees, with rooftop views across the church and park below, Chiringuito is the perfect spot for after work cocktails with friends, laid-back weekend brunches or dinner under the stars.
Verge verdict: Our visit to Chiringuito was delightful, we were welcomed and introduced to their week end brunch menu, I skipped my usual hot beverage and ordered the apple & cinnamon mojito from their signature cocktail menu; it was sweet and the hint of mint coming through was refreshing.
For my mains I ordered their wholesome Full Chiringuito Breakfast – the portion is perfect and the Chorizo Morcilla Sausage is an absolute must-try. The mixed beans was questionable at first but it neutralized the full flavours from the bacon and chorizo.
The atmosphere is relaxed, casual, – diners can grab a coffee and order a light breakfast with their friends then set off to their activity for the day. Their big windows views of the daily activities of people coming out of the underground and the park – an ideal spot especially for summer, with rooftop and outside seating areas. Chiringuito is for sure a notch for the London hotspot.