Actually, this wasn't why I had jumped on the no 38 from Piccadilly to Hackney Central, but as I passed by and saw the name Anya Hindmarsh over the door and rows of beautiful looking bags inside, I had to go in. A sign on the table read 70% discounts. Nice, but I still couldn't buy a bag, so I asked if I could take a picture instead.
Next door were two more high-end stores, Pringle (think autumn cashmere) and Aquascutum (classic macs), you could literally smash a grand right there. Anyway, I didn't, I had come to see Anna and James' new restaurant FIX that had just opened around the corner and I was excited.
Last time I had met James Cochran was when I had won a competition for a meal to be made at my house. It was truly amazing and since then I've been looking forward to coming up to London to see their newly opened restaurant. Fast forward a few months and I'm walking along Morning Lane getting distracted by designer bags while on my way to meet up with Anna and James.
I turn the corner and I'm there, where I'm welcomed with a glass of prosecco, foraged elderflower and apple and two smiling faces.
Flooded with natural light Fix has great big windows throughout and inside a pared-down simplicity that instantly gives the place an informal feel. On the walls are black and white photographs of the local area and the drinks menu is written on the white-tiled wall above the Chef's hatch.
This is relaxed dining where nothing up-stages the main event, the food. Served by James himself each dish came out beautifully presented and with a description from the chef of all the ingredients and how it had been prepared.
Working closely with a forager, some of the dishes included ingredients I hadn't come across such as sea aster, garlic flowers and agar from seaweed. This is just part of the dining experience James and Anna have created that is delivered with passion, delight and a sense of fun.
I'll be uploading videos of the dishes over the next few weeks so look out for links to them on Twitter @IrishAggers.
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