Pot and Grill is a funky, fresh new restaurant within the LA Bar in Stratford, East London. With all the developments happening in the Stratford area it’s easy to forget that a world exists outside of Westfield and The Queen Elizabeth Park. Thankfully Pot and Grill reminded me that Stratford still has it’s authentic East London character when Head Chef Maurice Charles invited me to sample some of his dishes as a guest along with my sister.
Pot and Grill specialises in delivering creative tasty plates of food with Caribbean and British influences at reasonable prices and it definitely does not disappoint. To start with the service and welcome we received were genuinely warm, I didn’t get the impression that the team was trying to impress my sister and I for a good review, they were all just really friendly. Chef Charles spent a few moments talking me through his vision for the restaurant and his passion for food. With almost 25 years of catering and hospitality experience working at some of the UK’s best food operators from Marks and Spencer’s and The Wellington Club in Knightsbridge to a variety of hotels including The Waldorf and Sofitel, St James, he is man with a plan! “It’s high time food lovers had somewhere to eat, good tasty honest food, cooked by a chef who is experienced, cares for what he is preparing and uses only the freshest, locally sourced produce”, Says Chef Charles and he did not let me down.
To start I had the crab & Sweet potato fish cakes with home made chili salsa. The fish cakes were a generous size and the crab combined with the sweet potato proved to be a winning combination, with healthy chunks of potato in each cake without over-shadowing the crab base.
My sister had a Tempura battered salted cod fish & scallion stuffed peppers which she devoured so quickly that they disappeared before I could get a bite, needless to say she enjoyed it.
For her main my sister had oxtail stew with rice and peas. Thankfully I had the chance to taste this dish and was impressed by the depth of flavour, the meat fell away from the bone and was perfectly seasoned. It was scrumptious.
I had succulent curry goat flavoured with ginger and scotch bonnet which was a pure delight. The meat also fell away from the bone here and I could tell that time had been taken to fully infuse these “pot” dishes with herbs and spices. I had my dish with macaroni cheese which might have been a mistake because I was stuffed by the time I finished eating. I could have taken a nap right there and then. The portion sizes are generous, but size certainly does not compromise on the quality of each dish.
For dessert I had apple crumble (without the custard, I don’t like custard) and my sister had home made lemon & vanilla Ice Cream. They were as expected, wholesome sweet treats to complete the meal.
With generous portion sizes, great quality food packed full of flavour and an valid ethos to serve authentic Caribbean food with a British twist, Pot and Grill deserves to be fully booked for weeks to come.
I recommend that you head down to Stratford before there’s a waiting list!
Pot & Grill, 405 Stratford High Street (4 minutes walk from Stratford station, 2 doors left of the Magistrate Court), London E15 4QZ
Phone: 07951 665052
Twitter: @PotandGrill / #PotandGrill
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PotandGrill – Open: 12-9pm, Tuesday to Saturday