We went on a special expedition today to try the new restaurant at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, which I assumed was named after its proprietor, but I now realise that it’s in honour of the Gallery’s architect, Charles Harrison Townsend. The food was absolutely delicious: bacon scones with chicken liver parfait and crispy sage, followed by Townsend fish soup and a mouthful only of Chocolate tart with rum soaked raisins and Jersey cream. I really hope it does well as it’s such a rotten moment to open a new restaurant, and others at the Whitechapel, including Angela Hartnett and 10, Greek Street, have come and gone. Certainly the food could scarcely be better, including salad leaves and kale from Stepney Green farm.


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