You know a restaurant is popular when passers by who you ask directions from stop to point you in not only the right direction but also to give their dish recommendations as well. Or maybe it’s just the happy, food loving Shoreditch crowd which does that. Either way, Tramshed by Mark Hix has cemented its spot on Rivington Street. Housed in a grade 2 building which was formerly the electricity generating facility for the Tramway system, the building can now boast of serving some of the best chicken and steak in town.
Large, high-ceilinged and with plenty of natural light streaming in (when it’s sunny in London that is), Tramshed seats a good many hungry diners on both its private elevated dining floor as well as the central dining area on the ground floor. The focal point of the restaurant however is a large display of a Damien Hirst cow and chicken preserved in formaldehyde and commanding the attention of all the diners at the centre of the restaurant.
The menu is simple and seasonal and you can expect to find quite a few changes to the menu each time you pay a visit. I picked one of their signature dishes, the ‘mighty marbled Glenarm sirloin steak’ sourced from British farms and served with fries and bearnaise sauce. I also chose a side of ‘grilled field mushrooms with garlic butter’ to go with. I won’t rave about the steak because I definitely expected a juicier and more succulent slab of meat. It didn’t quite live up to the expectations but the accompanying fries and mushrooms were delicious. If you’re in the mood for a more visually appealing option, you could choose the ‘Barn-reared Indian Rock roast chicken’ though I couldn’t vouch for it’s deliciousness.
Pudding is definitely something you should try when you’re at Tramshed. This is a little off-putting since it should be the steak that I’m recommending first at a ‘chicken and steak joint’. I chose ‘Ronnie’s Blueberry Pie with Madagascan Vanilla ice cream’ and my oh my was it fabulous. Mind you, fabulous and filling, it could well be an entire meal on its own.
With great service, an interesting setting and some good food on offer, be sure to have this Hix restaurant on your checklist.
For more details regarding location, menu and prices, visit Tramshed.