London’s first Chiringuito opens for the summer

London’s first Chiringuito will open in July 2018, bringing laid back beach-style hospitality to Bethnal Green. Loosely translated from Spanish, a Chiringuito is an all-day beachfront bar and restaurant serving tapas and refreshing drinks. With a rooftop over-looking the Museum Gardens, this new hot-spot will call to mind the warmth and lazy days spent at a Spanish beach bar.

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A passion project turns into mouth-watering grub

Chiringuito is the passion project of a local East-Londoner Alex Dehayen who has converted a derelict public toilet block into a contemporary all-day bar. Backing onto the park, the restaurant’s patio and rooftop terrace will provide the perfect setting for commute-saving coffee, late lunch, dinner or sunset cocktails.

Peruvian Head Chef, Marco Padilla has created a menu inspired by fresh Hispanic and Latin American flavours. The menu is reminiscent of tapas bars in Barcelona – featuring classic dishes para picar such as Padron Peppers, Patatas Bravas, Gambas al ajillo as well as touches of Mexican influence.

Examples from the menu include:

Tapas aka. side plates – Manchego with honey & fig.

Racion aka. large plates – Grilled swordfish tacos with sauco (elderberry jam).

Racion aka. large plates – Roast pork belly in pisco and beer sauce with red peruvian chillies.

Pizza – Roast tomato, spinach, with chorizo or garlic mushroom.

Time for cocktails

The bar will specialise in perfect serve G&Ts, showcasing an array of Spanish gins. Whilst the cocktail menu will also put Latino twists on classic cocktails such as the Bloody Maria, with a kick of tequila. Chiringuito also boasts an impressive list of Canvas and Spanish wines to sip in the sunshine. Not forgetting the craft beers from local East-London breweries.

The Chiringuito look & feel, decor and Instagrammable moments

The venue design takes it cues from Spanish influences. The ground-floor features azure mosaic tiles throughout, reflecting a marine setting of a traditional Chiringuito. As well as intricate details, the restaurants includes a peseta-topped bar and a hand-painted mural by Mallory Dawn. Floor to ceilings windows will let in streams of light as well as an adjoining patio onto the park. Upstairs, with views across the church and greens, the rooftop features an impressive walk-over skylight also framed by the surrounding trees.

Dehayen is dedicated to upholding the vitality of the community in which he grew up;

“I wanted to bring something new and different to the place where I lived. I wanted to capture something that I loved from Spain and Latin American countries. The vibe of the chiringuitos is fabulous – they are places that you can go from sun up to sun down. Whilst the mood changes with the time of day, they are places where everyone is always welcome, where you can sit all day, won’t be rushed through service or hurried to leave – in fact you are encouraged to stay!”.

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