Entrepreneurs Dominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam are opening Crispin, a new all day and night cafe in London’s Spitalfields this month.
Crispin is located on White’s Row, close to Liverpool Street station, and will serve breakfast through to an evening dinner and bar snack menu, alongside a list of low-intervention wines and classic cocktails.
The venue boasts 40 covers inside and a further 30 covers on the outdoor terrace, which is described as ideal for alfresco dining during the warmer months.
Designed in collaboration with Sheppard Robson, Crispin is a bold purpose-built geometric pavilion that resembles an origami-folded kite or bird, creating an impressive, visual juxtaposition to the main market building and neighbouring east end Georgian architecture.
The polished concrete floor is in-keeping with the modern glass and zinc finish of the structure while the counter and other furniture is made from Cornish ash to offer a softening contrast.
Dom and Oli have also worked closely with designers Felix McCormack and Heather Scott on the interiors and furnishings at the new site.
Coffee at Crispin will see Dom and Oli continue their successful relationship with Brixton’s Assembly, as well as working with Fernando Berry of Otros Vinos to create a rotating wine list with an emphasis on natural and low intervention bottles.
The food offering will be ingredient-driven, changing seasonally. Simple, honest dishes will showcase local produce such as Dusty Knuckle bread, Secret Smokehouse salmon and Clapton Park honey.
Open daily from 7.30am, Crispin will serve takeaway coffee, bacon sarnies and ‘egg & soldiers’ to early bird Londoners.
The lunch menu will offer a daily salad, soup and sandwich, as well as hot toastie combinations including Cheddar, hispi cabbage & chilli jam, and N’duja, Ogleshield & jalapeno. Further sandwich options, made fresh on site each day, will include Porchetta, salsa verde & crackling & Charred broccoli & romesco.
For weekend brunch, the menu focuses on a wider selection of fresh-to-order dishes such as Merguez sausage, daal, green sauce & egg and Waffle with poached apricots, thyme, candied pecans & milk ice cream.
Available from 5pm Tuesday – Saturday, Crispin will offer a nightly dinner plate to be enjoyed with a glass of wine for £10, alongside a seasonal bar snack menu, craft beers and classic cocktails. Food and drink will be ordered at the counter affording a casual and quick experience.
Oli, who runs the infamous Corsica Studios parties and his own record label Tessellate, will curate the playlist at Crispin’s listening bar, which will allow customers to listen to his record collection through one of seven pairs of headphones.
Alongside the listening bar, a retail unit will sell merchandise such as magazines, restaurant cookbooks, limited edition prints and handmade ceramics from the likes of Skye Corewijn.
Dom and Oli are also behind Scotchtails, the cult Borough Market-based scotch egg company and Lundenwic, a speciality coffee shop on Aldwych.