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The Greedy Cow Restuarant (London)
Member Name: juicy_lucy
The Greedy Cow Restuarant (London)
Advantages: tasty food
Disadvantages: May not be to everyone's taste
When visiting our son at university in Hackney, he recommended we all ate at this restaurant, mainly because he has a bit of a penchant for more unusual meats!
**Some of the positive advertised remarks...**
"London's Best Kept Secret" - ES Magazine 2009
"AWARD WINNING BURGERS" Gold Medal & Winner
" One of the best independent burger joints in London" View London November 2011
The restaurant is located near the main crossroad junction at Mile End on Grove Road in LHackney and is close to Mile End Tube station. There is free parking available at rear of restaurant from after 5.30 pm and weekends. We took advantage of this and unusually for anywhere in London, there were plenty of spaces for the car.
The restaurant is situated right on the pavement with a large menu board outside, and from the outside it looks quite cosy and welcoming especially given that a lot of the surrounding area has many neon lights and fast chicken places. Once inside we were quickly greeted by a member of staff and taken to a rectangular table where we could see part of the kitchen through an open window. The whole place doesn't have many tables but is an interesting lay out, being L shaped with the toilets at the back. The restaurant is quite dark with lots of mood lighting and dark wooden tables and chairs or leather covered benches at the walls. On the walls and on the surfaces were many cow inspired pictures and ornaments, all very modern and classy and many of which I would have liked to be able to find to take home.
The restaurant claims that it does burgers but is not a "burger joint" and does steaks but isn't a "steakhouse" The aim is apparently to bring the customer the best fresh produce and cook it in the most innovative and flavoursome ways. I believe that there are different specials every month so the menu seems to be constantlyevolving and changing. The vegetarian in our party of 4 ordered Roasted Butternut Squash with camembert, thyme & charred leeks. Which was nicely presented and although I didn't try it, it was apparently very tasty; I always find a vegetarian in a burger/steak place an enigma. My son t tried the Cajun style Crocodile served with chilli infused rice, Ribbon of courgette and salad. All very nicely presented and whilst I did expect it to be very different from other meats, it wasn't unpleasant but not something I would keep ordering because just the thought of eating crocodile makes me feel strange! I had a 6oz Wild Boar burger. Which came presented as the usual burger complete with chips and a side salad. Little Miss decided on the usual beef burger and after decideing she wanted it well done, the burger was brought over, and it was indeed a very tasty burger- good minced beef, with very little fat and a nice portion of chips. Maybe not the healthiest of meals but certainly enjoyed.
Also available but not always are thing like Kangaroo burger and 6oz Camel burger ... not sure I would try these! I wonder what they try next month...
Tel : 020 8983 3304
Address: 2 Grove Road, London, E3 5AX
If you are in the area it is certainly a restaurant I would recommend you visit. The meals are good portions, well presented and each one was delicious. The restaurant itself has a nice ambiance and even mid week it was busy enough for there to be a good buzz about it- we weren't the only people sitting in the place. Staff are attentive and helpful, and took the time to explain the dishes and make suggestions.
For the four of us, with wine, lager and soft drinks, the meal was about £80, so not bad value for a meal of this quality and in London.
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Summary: restaurant in east London