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Eat17 Bar and Restaurant

28-30 Orford Road, 


London, E17 9NJ  map

Tel: 020 8521 5279

Web Site

Had dinner on Saturday evening in this lovely little gem of a restaurant. The food was amazing as usual, as was the service.

Cannot praise them highly enough. Absolutely love it. They never fail to deliver.

Oh yes, their new bacon jam, has become famous and has not only been mentioned in national newspapers, but was given a three minute mention on the Jonathan Ross show a couple of Friday's ago.

My husband tells me that it is scrummy. (I don't eat meat).

Posted 13th September 2011


More of a news item really but Eat17 has opened a pizzeria within the Spar mini-market next door to the restaurant. We guess this is in reaction to the closure of Mondragone.
It has invested in a large pizza oven and employed a chef who sounds Italian. Pizzas are served until 9.30pm. They are cooked while you wait and take about 5 minutes.
There is currently no option to phone ahead with your order and there is no home delivery option.

January 2010

We usually eat here in the evening, but due to the wall to wall football over the last couple of weeks we have been watching the matches & getting take aways.
We never usually go out for breakfast, but on Sunday morning before the England match and not being able to sleep though a combination of heat and excitement, my husband took me here for breakie. I myself not a big breakfast person, really enjoyed the whole thing, food was great, atmosphere fab and totally relaxing, footie songs played gently in the background to get us in the mood, totally enjoyable.
Shame the same thing can't be said about the 3pm kick off. :-(

Posted 1st July 2010



Oh dear, what has happened to Eat17?  My family and I used to love going to this place at least twice a month.  Now though it has the feel of an airport lounge with utensils and what have they done to the garden? What used to be a child friendly, sunny dining area now resembles the exercise yard at one of Her Majesty's prison's (not that I have any first hand knowledge, but I've seen Porridge).  Are the owners deliberately moving away from family oriented dining?
We were so disappointed that we left without eating and went over to the Village pub to eat, yes we were that disappointed.
Well as Eat17 seems to be the 'David Bowie' of restaurants, constantly reinventing itself I hope the next incarnation is more Ziggy Stardust and less Let's Dance.
Posted 25th May 2010


Eat17 has reopened after substantial changes to the premises. The old deli is now an inviting bar area where you can pop in just for drinks or to peruse the menu for future reference. The area that was once the bar (and toilets) has been razed to the ground to provide a completely open plan restaurant. The decor is as tasteful as ever with contemporary furnishings in time-honoured chocolate brown and it has a new corporate ID. The menu had changed a little from our visit of last month, though.
At the time of writing the new web site is being constructed - as are the the toilets! Don't worry you won’t have to dash into the tapas bar next door. Eat17 has hired a most lavish portaloo for our convenience which currently takes up the space that was previously the garden. As you've probably guessed, Eat17 isn't quite finished as yet. 
The staff at Eat17 have always been warm, pleasant and seemingly relaxed and this contributes to the calm, friendly atmosphere that the restaurant undoubtedly has. 
Time to eat. Having had a drink at the bar beforehand we sat down to eat about 9pm and by 9.15pm the waiter appeared with pad in hand and took our order. It's unusual not to be asked for the drink order first but the staff are relaxed - as I said.
Starters comprised sardines in breadcrumbs with a tomato relish, which were pleasant enough, and a leek and black bomber cheddar tart (otherwise known as a quiche) which was most
Having just realised we had been waiting rather a long time for our main course the waiter approached and told us that our order was just two minutes away and apologised for the delay, offering us a drink on the house - which we refused. Five minutes later the pacific salmon with parsley sauce on bed of spinach and chicken breast with girolle crème fraise sauce arrived but without our side dish of runner beans. We were again offered a drink on the house which at this point we accepted. The beans arrived five minutes later by which time we were half way through our meal - we were not charged for the beans. 
Not every restaurant would offer a compensatory drink when things go awry and we appreciated the gesture. But you can’t help wondering if the kitchen will be able to keep up with demand - the restaurant was about half full when we ate there and it was the third night after the refurb. 
The food was very well cooked and the potato that accompanied my chicken was one of the crispiest and carefully seasoned roasted potatoes I've eaten. The generous portion of chicken, although succulent, was a little bland despite the
crème fraise sauce. The also generous portion of salmon was moist and cooked with care but the parsley sauce was barely detectable making the dish a little tame.
Although feeling quite full after the first two courses (despite the time to digest) we decided to try an apple and blackcurrant crumble with ice cream for sweet. The filling was delicious but let down somewhat by a slightly floury crumble - we were full anyway.
It would be cruel to suggest that the most exciting part of the evening was discovering the portaloo but the food did lack imagination this time. There is a great deal of promise here, though, and all in all the evening was most pleasant. Oh, and the bill excluding a drink at the bar was just over £50.

October 2009

New decor at Eat17

Have been to Eat 17 quite a few times now and really like the ambiance, food & value.

On our last visit we booked for 8pm and fancied a nice long evening.
So I have one small criticism. We felt very rushed. I took a break from my main course and left my knife and fork open whilst talking and drinking my wine, the waiter came to take my plate, he apologised immediately when he realised I had not yet finished, not a problem. When I finished my main, with half a bottle of wine left, the plates were cleared and the dessert menu brought immediately, at which point we asked for a break, yes of course was the reply. We planned on having the cheese with port, but were a little to full, so thought we would finish our wine and then decide. Two minutes later another waiter asked if we were ready, two minutes after, another. All in all four waiters came in the space of about a eight minutes, so with that we admitted defeat, gave in and just asked for the bill.
I really do like this place and the staff are charming & very accommodating, all of them. I know that they are just trying to be efficient, but if they could just slow down a pace it would be perfect.
Really glad that they are doing well. Long may it continue.
Posted 8th January 2010

Posted 10th November 2009

Ate at Eat 17 tonight - 09 Nov 2009. Met my sis before dropping her at the airport so was looking for a quick bite and thought we'd try the refurbished Eat17.
I was pleasantly surprised. The service was quick and the staff were very pleasant. I had pan-fried chicken, she had the game pie and her other half had beef burger with brie and bacon.
All the food was excellent and the service great. They've done a really good job refurbishing the restaurant and for three mains and three drinks the total bill was £33 which is good value in my book.
The new Eat17 is a vast improvement on the last time I visited before the refurb. Clean and modern and very spacious with good grub!
My only complaint is that they have temporary toilets outside as I don't think the refurb is completely finished. Other than that top marks! Keep it up and I'll be back.


Posted 26th October 2009

We went in to Eat 17 bar and restaurant again on Sunday for lunch. We had friends up for the weekend and they have children. This is the first time we have been in here on a lunch time since the refurb. & it is a totally different atmosphere to the evening, but it is the perfect place for people with children and our friends thought it great and felt they could just relax and not worry. The food was very good once again and they were very accommodating, nothing was too much trouble and although the staff were rushed off their feet, they still managed to keep smiling.

Being as we have not got children, we shall be sticking to the evenings, where the atmosphere is really lovely & cosy.One thing I will be looking forward to though, is when the toilets are done, although the portaloos are clean looking, they have become just a little bit wiffy now.

Posted 15th October 2009

Went here on Friday night and had a lovely evening.

I started with the scallops, minus the bacon, they were cooked perfectly. My husband started with the devilled sardines, he said that although they were lovely, he could detect no heat in them and one small little criticism, they were served on toast, which is a bit strange as they have to be boned. I followed mine with the sweet potato and goats cheese pie & my husband the steak and ale pie, we had a side order of fries and broccoli. We ended our meal sharing a really nice cheese board.
 All in all we had a really nice evening. We enjoyed the food, the service and the atmosphere was really laid back and relaxed, we will most definitely be back again soon.

Eat17's new alfresco eating area. (May2010)

Below are reviews of Eat17 before the refurbishment.

I have been meaning to visit Eat17 for dinner (5pm till 10pm) for quite a while now and yesterday was the day - and only just in time to catch it in its current guise.
Plans are afoot (and in progress) to expand the restaurant into the adjoining Eat17 deli and to move the deli into a new Spar grocery store next door (currently Paul's Wines). This store will also have bed and breakfast accommodation, with a hearty breakfast at Eat17 no doubt.
As I mention below, Eat17 have a website where you can look at the menu and keep abreast of news about the restaurant and check out upcoming live music events, billed as 'Gig17'.
Having been to Eat17 a few times for lunch I felt that it would be a completely different experience to eat there in the evening without the danger of bumping into prams - and it was. 
Our waiter greeted us warmly and offered us a napkin or two to mop up the rain that was dripping from our brows on this most inclement evening. 
He then offered us the 'bait' table near the door (that didn't close properly). You know, the table where you're made to sit to make restaurants look busier than they are to lure in more customers. We've all done it. ''Oh this place must be good, look at all those people sitting in the window!”
We accepted the table and began to peruse the menu which for the first time since the restaurant opened did not have a waffle option! At last the waffle hangover has been eradicated (phew). From this point onward the evening began to improve and the fact that my socks were wet began to become far less important. 
We chose a bottle of Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley Grenach from the wine menu - a beautifully fresh and fruity number. 
The soup of the day was very tasty tomato and pepper soup. Pan-seared scallops with pancetta and saffron mayo was served with watercress and pea puree, the scallops being very good and expertly cooked. If I were to be critical, which obviously I am, the pancetta was a tad crispy. On the whole, though, a good start. 
Main courses were bubble and squeak cake with poached egg, asparagus, welsh rarebit sauce and crumbs; and trout with crushed herb potato, also served with watercress and pea puree (can’t get enough of it!). 
The trout was perfectly cooked with a crispy salt-seasoned skin and the herb crushed potato was a kind mushed up jacket potato with herbs (parsley and chives I think) and ah!…peas. The potato crush was superbly seasoned and a welcome rest from boring old mashed potato (in any of its guises).
The bubble and squeak cake was very tasty and pink on the inside, made with sweet potato without a trace of cabbage - but this surely has to be a good thing? The asparagus and poached egg were perfectly cooked and the rarebit sauce a good and tangy complement to the dish.
The bill was about £43 with the wine alone £15 (£6.79 online).

I would say that on the evidence of this one visit the chef at Eat17 is one of the best in the area, producing uncomplicated food cooked with care. Let’s hope that nothing changes too much when the new plans come to fruition.

The service was friendly without being pushy - but can we a better table next time please? (Ooh, I think my socks have dried out now.)

September 2009


Eat17 prides itself on 'homemade' locally-sourced produce. Are we to assume that the chef lives on the premises? Or am I being too literal? Anyway, this restaurant/cafe opened at roughly the same time as the Orford Saloon and, on opening, was a Thai snack bar owned by VK (the Village Kitchen group). After the demise of VK Eat17 took over and it became a waffle restaurant! I don't think E17 residents quite got the waffle experience and since this realisation the menu has evolved into what it is today. Waffles are still served but more as a sweet than a savoury. Food is good although the choice is not vast. The decor is fresh and bright with contemporary furnishings (which means brown) and the ambience is very 'Village'. The adjoining deli offers local, fresh and interesting produce and is definitely worth a visit. Lunchtimes are very popular  with Village mums and their pushchairs. Unfortunately service can be painfully slow which if you're on your lunch break can make this place a no-goer. Save it for the evening.
Eat 17 is open at 7am. Breakfast is served until 2pm, lunch is from 12 noon till 2pm and dinner is 5.30pm until closing at 10pm.
Eat17's specials board is currently offering themed cuisine - Roast Sunday, Curry Monday, Steak Tuesday, Seafood Wednesday and American Thursday. The two days that are left, we assume, are busy enough to offer a more varied range of specials.
There is also a garden at the rear with ingenious heated umbrellas for chilly summer evenings.. 
Eat17 have obviously tried very hard to attract the 'right sort of crowd' and to a large extent have achieved it although to some this could be considered as politely intimidating.  
Click here to download a copy of the menu or
take a look at Eat17's rather snazzy and informative web site at www.eat17.co.uk for lots of other information including catering services and details of the deli.

Sept 08

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La Ruga  Italian
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Orford Saloon  Tapas
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Village Kitchen  Modern European
Eat17 Modern European
La Cafeteria  Modern Mediterranean
Forest Tandoori  Indian (Bengali)
Peking Chef  Chinese
Dhaka Tandoori  Indian (Bengali)
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