Edwin’s Wine Bar and Restaurant in Shoreditch is the product of one man’s passion for French wine and cuisine. Having previously worked in advertising, Edwin decided to open a French wine shop in Lyon in 2007 and following this success, Edwin has now brought his love for all things French to London.
On first glance, what stands out about this venue is just how much it doesn’t stand out. Given its location in the style conscious Shoreditch, the understated décor of muted neutrals and dark wood, is a direct assertion to show that this place is serious about what it does – French wine and food.
Edwin’s Wine Bar and Restaurant may be simple, almost business like, in its style, but this is a very friendly and relaxed place, not least because of Edwin himself. He has an infectious enthusiasm for what he does and an easy manner with the diners.
Edwin has brought over a young and talented chef, Yoan Mebkhout, to make sure the food matches the quality of the wine. And it has been well worth it.
The menu is short and will be changed to reflect what’s in season and the feedback of diners. My guest and I shared a mixed plate of starters, including a deliciously buttery saucisson brioche, fresh salmon marine and a rich French rabbit terrine with a wonderful texture.
We followed this with Sole meunière accompanied by green beans wrapped in bacon and duck breast with gratin dauphinois, both excellently executed. The fish was beautifully seasoned and the duck tastily tender and not overly fatty.
This is classic French food, with hearty offers on the menu, exactly what you’d expect for somewhere that has to match an impressively extensive wine collection. There is no set wine list as they are privately imported and sourced by Edwin’s Lyon Wine Bar.
The changing wine list has been developed by Edwin himself and features 3000 bottles from 70 different producers representing all the major wine regions of France. A frequent rotation of the seventy producers generates a ‘Fresh’ wine list with about 20-30 on offer in the bar at any one time.
On the evening we visited, the clientèle were a happy mix of couples and business people. This is a venue where you can contentedly while away an afternoon at the bar, perusing the wines and enjoying a charcuterie, or just as easily hold an accomplished business lunch.
If you’re looking for a grown up and friendly slice of Lyon in London, then there’s no better place to start.