To find somewhere that serves delicious, healthy food, that’s super high in protein, and makes a delicious Aperol Spritz sounds totally unattainable, until you venture to Strut and Cluck (http://www.strutandcluck.com): a unique restaurant nestled in the heart of Shoreditch on Commercial Road.
Menu: When describing this to my friends, I refer to it as the Turkish restaurant that serves turkey. Protein-lovers around will know that turkey is one of the leanest meats which therefore makes it a perfect option for a healthy meal out. However, I have never seen it on a restaurant menu before, until now! The menu at Strut and Cluck has turkey at the heart of each dish, with a delicious middle-Eastern variation on each.
Interiors: The restaurant almost feels like a mediterranean home: lots of wooden panelling and bringing the outdoors inside. This was wonderful in Summer/early Autumn, but I do wonder what it will be like over Christmas.
This was my second time at the restaurant. The first time, Strut and Cluck were still finding their feet as a relative newcomer to the market. The service was a bit slow with our table of four girls, and we received complimentary sides as an apology. However, the food was so good that first visit that I just had to return for seconds.
On my second visit, my friend and I were seated on one of the two-person tables along the back wall of the restaurant which are slightly close together. However, because the room is so full of natural light, there is no feeling of claustrophobia. A great option for larger groups is to hire one of the private rooms, designed in the same indoor/outdoor garden theme.
Before commencing turkey/tahini heaven, my friend and I ordered an Aperol Spritz each. I have tried a LOT of these in London, and have to say that Strut and Cluck do some of the best!
We then shared some smokey aubergine and pitta (go without the pitta if you are carb-free!) which was delicious, and the most amazing cauliflower with lemony creme fraiche and pomegranate. The star of the show, however, has to be the huge turkey drumstick with tahini, zhoug and roasted cabbage (pictured). The turkey was cooked to perfection, and each unusual flavour combined perfectly. And of course, anything with tahini gets a huge thumbs up from me! – 5*
Atmosphere: Given the light interiors, you feel like you are abroad, which is aided by the light mediterranean music playing in the background. The best thing about it is that Strut and Cluck has found its niche: serving healthy home-cooked food, presented in its own way with no airs or graces, in a room that feels as if you have stepped straight off the plane.
Overall: I already have two further bookings scheduled at Strut and Cluck, so it has become a firm favourite of mine! I am looking forward to trying their Christmas offerings, and seeing how they transform the summery atmosphere into one more aligned to London’s cold streets!
Food menu (options available): 4* (if you are veggie or don’t like turkey, however, this may not be one for you!)
Food (taste): 5*
Drinks menu (options available): 5*
Drinks (taste): 5*
Service: 3.5* (it has definitely got better since the first time, but it’s probably their only downfall)