This week’s Throwback Thursday post is about Tramshed in Shoreditch. I first went a couple of years ago for New Years Eve with Tim. We wanted a nice dinner with good grub that wasn’t too fancy, and this ticked all the boxes!
You may know of Tramshed because of its controversial/awesome art display in the centre of the restaurant by Damien Hirst, featuring a whole cow, with a chicken riding on the top, preserved in formaldehyde solution, known as ‘The Cock and Bull’. Not for the faint hearted, but an impressive feature.
But this art display really gets to the heart of what Tramshed does so well – chicken and steak! There are now quite a few places that specialise in certain meats like this, but back then, it was one of the first to go about it so boldly. And the name also comes from the fact that the venue did indeed used to be an electricity generating station for trams.
For New Year’s Eve, we started with a smoked salmon dish and a pate with a massive Yorkie pud, as you can see from the picture below. It was delicious – whack a Yorkshire on any meal and I’m a happy bunny!
For main course, we were able to try both the steak and chicken with some sides. The signature dish at Tramshed is the chicken which is served whole (feet and all!) to share amongst a few people at the table – I’ve yet to try this!
Pudding was a salted caramel fondue which was nice, but a little too salty for my liking. After all of that meat, it could have done with something a bit lighter.
Funnily enough, I’m now working just a stone’s throw from Tramshed and the other day, we went there for a company lunch. It was very much as I remembered it and was completely packed for a lunch time, which is always a good sign. Most of us had sandwiches; I had the chicken & steak sandwich (once again, getting the best of both worlds!) and it was very good – the steak was cooked beautifully.
We also tried some pork scratchings which were complemented well with an apple sauce.
It’s a great place for lunch or dinner and very reasonably priced, so if you’re a meat lover and happen to be in Shoreditch, give Tramshed a try!