Nestled on the corner of Exmouth Market – a lovely and lively street decorated with pubs, restaurants (and, on the weekdays, street food stalls) – Coin Laundry serves as a great introduction to its bougie Clerkenwell surroundings.
On weekends the place lights up with boozy brunchers, who often go bottomless and stay well into the late afternoon – but by the evening, it looks a bit more like an Islington local. That is to say, its full of young, attractive people nibbling on small dishes and drinking good booze.
The menu doesn’t really seem to follow any set of rules, which is often not a great sign – but the plates we tried assuaged our fears. Summer-friendly dishes like lightly mayonnaised crab on toast with wild fennel, and a zesty ceviche, and the cocktails – we stuck with classic old fashioneds – were top notch.