This weekend we had a family lunch in east London to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday. I love trying out new restaurants so I was eager to visit Formans Restaurant in Hackney Wick. The restaurant is located in the H. Forman factory (they are the oldest curers of salmon in Britain). The factory was designed into a salmon-like shape (see my last photo).
As you would expect, the salmon at Formans is terrific. I especially enjoyed the salmon and tuna tataki we had as one of our starters (we shared several things). A few of us had meat as our mains, and they were nice but not as good as the salmon dishes. I find it annoying when you get a roast, and there is no Yorkshire pudding. I know it is traditionally served with roast beef, but I think there should be a law that Yorkshire pudding comes with every kind of roast on a Sunday.
The children all had the salmon fish fingers. Moozles loved them, but Dubz refused to even try them as they were pink (ugh). The dessert were a bit underwhelming. But Husband won the pudding lottery by ordering the best dessert. He had the golden syrup sponge with praline ice cream. Delicious!
The meal, on the whole, was nice. It was moderately priced, and the British wines were lovely. I did find the service a bit slow, which isn’t ideal when you are dining with young children. But there was a secure terrace where we took the kids a few times to alleviate the boredom of sitting at a table. I might go back to this restaurant for salmon if I happened to be in the neighbourhood, and not with Husband (he does not eat fish).
Formans is located along a canal and has a cool view of the Olympic Stadium. There is plenty of free parking if you go on a Sunday (single, yellow lines right outside the restaurant). Otherwise, the two nearest train/tube stations are Hackney Wick and Stratford.