A new all-day café, workspace, restaurant and bar called Ninety One is opening in the historic Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.
Designed to feel like “everyone’s living room”, Ninety One is a ‘multi-use’ venue integrating dining, nightlife, community and convenience. It is a cafe and workspace by day, transitioning into a restaurant and bar at night.
The open plan space features exposed concrete and brick, wooden floors, green foliage and mis-matched mid-century furniture.
The daytime is for locals and freelancers, presenting a relaxed space that lends itself to creative professionals. Guests can indulge in the all-day menu and bespoke ‘Brick Lane Blend’ from the local craft coffee roasters Nude.
A rotating series of chef residencies will take place every few months, championing local talent and showcasing up and coming chefs.
Husband and wife duo, Toby Williams and Lianna Jewell, of Sabel will be kicking things off, serving a casual British bistro style menu.
During the day, Sabel at Ninety One will be serving a relaxed daily changing menu, including Ogalshield cheese and ham hock toastie with gherkins; red onion, rosemary and keen cheddar tart and a selection from the salad counter, such as pears, radicchio, heritage carrots and chestnuts and the miso baked artichoke, sesame and kale.
As the evening draws near, the space transforms into a low-lit casual dining room and cocktail bar.
Sabel will change the evening menu to meet the mood, with dishes including seatrout, smoked cream, sour fennel and buckwheat; stratichella, ceps, tarragon and grilled sourdough as well as grilled beer fed beef, fried potatoes, anchovies and watercress.
The cocktail menu will showcase playful twists on retro Victorian recipes from head bartender Amon Kale, who spent five years at the Flying Pig in Vancouver, Canada.
Working with local suppliers were possible, Amon specialises in tropical beer fermentations and native botanical home-infusions.
Guests will find drinks such as the Browned Butter Old Fashioned with browned butter washed Bulleit Bourbon, Gomme syrup, angostura bitters, orange bitters and the Deconstructed Pina Colada, which mixes Charred Pineapple with coconut oil washed Wray & Nephew, Kalani Coconut Liqueur, raw coconut water and bitters.
The venue also boasts a Funktion One sound system, and plays a mix of disco, soul, jazz and funk. The weekend presents sessions of live jazz, DJ sets and other artists until 2am.