After enjoying Hoxton’s popular wine bar Sager & Wilde, I was delighted to hear of the owners Charlotte and Michael Sager-Wilde’s newest venture: Mission. Again, the focus is on wine – particularly Californian wine – but, unlike Sager & Wilde, the food here is as important as the wine. Which is lucky, because I went for my birthday brunch, and felt more like a Bloody Mary than a glass of wine.
Barely a bad word has said about this Bethnal Green restaurant. Friends who have been usually mention the decor (under the railway arches, with high vaulted ceiling and a huge palm tree standing proudly in the middle of the space) and the excellent the food (well-priced, with an interesting, varied menu).
We went on a quiet Saturday morning; a few bleary-eyed couples sipping beautifully made cappuccinos, while the energetic and super enthusiastic waitresses busied themselves behind the bar. The place was smaller than I’d expected, but still impressive. I love places with high ceilings, and the curve of the corrugated ceiling adds an elegance to the space. Despite the miserable cold outside, we were warm and cosy inside and the unmissable palm tree certainly gives you that Californian feeling.
Brunch was fantastic. My stack of buttermilk pancakes with perfectly cooked bacon went down a treat, as did the French toast with rhubarb and creme fraiche. The boys opted for more savoury grub: two oxtail linguinis (from the lunch menu, which is served from midday). They practically inhaled it. The Bloody Marys (a bargain at £4.50) were delicious, and the coffees were made with a lot of TLC, served in pretty green cups.
Pricing is more than reasonable, the waitresses were divinely helpful and friendly and the whole experience was one big treat. It’s a place that I will certainly be returning to very soon, and I suggest you do the same.
250 Paradise Row
Photos mostly Mission’s own