Restaurant Review: Far Rockaway

Pay homage to music’s biggest legends at Far Rockaway while tucking into classic American fare.

The Restaurant: Far Rockaway

Location: 97-113 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3BS

First impressions: Located on Curtain Road in the heart of Shoreditch, Far Rockaway makes its presence known with an array of neon signs and eye-catching windows. A large, cavernous space, Far Rockaway spans two huge rooms but its thought-out décor and integration of bar and dining room ensures it doesn’t look empty. Old gig posters from the likes of Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam adorn the walls while sections of the ceiling are covered in skate decks. Seating varies from tables and chairs to comfy leather sofas. After a long day at work, we decided it would be rude not to go for the sofa.

What we ate: Classically American, the menu features old favourites such as steaks, burgers and hot dogs with a few surprises – like a mac ‘n’ cheese spring roll – thrown in. We decided to sample the aforementioned spring roll as a starter along with a portion of popcorn shrimp. The spring roll was exactly how we imagined it would be: a gooey, cheesy pasta filling wrapped in crispy pastry. We don’t know how this worked but it really did. The shrimp was another winner. Served on a bed of sweet and smoky popcorn, it had a subtle kick which perfectly complimented the smooth tomato relish.

For main course we went for the fish finger sandwich which was served on sourdough bloomer and the five points halloumi burger. The sandwich was definitely homemade and ‘just lovely’ while the accompanying onion rings were breaded rather than battered, which are sometimes too greasy. The burger was an unusual yet tasty mix of fried halloumi with squash, peanut butter houmous and red pepper. The result was slightly sweet but very delicious.

What we drank: There aren’t many places, even in London, where you can get an authentic American root beer, so when we saw it on the menu we couldn’t resist. And it was everything we hoped it would be: sweet, sparkly and with a hint of sarsparilla. We also tried Iron Maiden’s own brand of beer, Iron Maiden Trooper. Billed as a premium British beer, it was a traditional, hoppy ale that is sure to silence any doubters.

Need to know: As well as their burgers, Far Rockaway is also known for its huge, 18 inch pizzas. Created by Mike Burke from NYC’s Denino’s pizza restaurant, they are perfect for sharing with a group of hungry friends.

Verdict: Laid-back and friendly, Far Rockaway is the perfect place for a post-work bevvie or a casual dinner with your friends.

The damage: Expect to pay around £50 for two courses for two with drinks.

What to wear: Keep things relaxed and opt for something cool but comfy.

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