In September chef Tom Brown announced he would be leaving his head chef role at Nathan Outlaw at The Capital, in Knightsbridge, to open his maiden restaurant. Today he has revealed that it will be called Cornerstone and will open in Hackney Wick early in the new year. The chef has revealed more details about his solo venture to Eater London.
In short, Brown says, the restaurant will offer “adventurous” British small plates in a convivial east London setting. A distinct change from the fish and seafood-orientated fine-dining fare of The Capital, dishes will be stripped back to two or three hero ingredients cooked in unusual ways. Fish and seafood sourced from his native Cornwall will still be a focus, but meat and vegetarian dishes will be included on menus, too.
Cornerstone’s 46-cover dining room will revolve around a central bar and kitchen area with counter seating offering diners a candid view into the workings of Brown’s brigade of chefs.
The young chef hopes the restaurant will help put Hackney Wick on the culinary map in the same way Lyle’s and Clove Club have done for Shoreditch — and sees the location as an integral part of the restaurant’s identity. Hence the informal style of service and hip, industrial design flourishes.