I am one of the owners of the venue and i can guarantee that this is not a true review as every customer has given great feedback on our shows. Flying a troupe’ in from Seattle does not equate to a poor show. It seems that the review system is being used by competitors to channel customers their way during these tough times. Anyone wishing to discuss please call the venue on 02072470005 and ask for Nick
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I went there about three weeks ago and again last friday and what a let down....
The serving and bar staff are friendly but that's the end of the good points.
The food was overcooked with a very badly made out menu and the smallest portions I have ever seen, do not be fooled into think their four course meal is that, it is one average size meal in four parts, a blatant ripoff.
Last year the entertainment was truly amazing and I raved about it to all my friends and went back more than once but either they fired the guy hiring the performers or the cut the budget to £20 a month or just plain lost their minds but whatever has happened they now have the worst performances I have ever seen.
The worst thing is I checked some reviews and clearly the Brickhouse has been getting bad reviews for the last 6 months or so so instead of fixing what has gone wrong they have decided instead to put up laughably fake reviews on various websites.
For the same money get a bite to eat at a restaurant and then go to Madam Jojos or Proud to catch a show.
The Brickhouse WAS great, now it is a joke.
Comment 2 comments on this review
nickbrickhouse, 29 May 2012:
dijervis, 29 May 2012:
I’m shocked and hugely disappointed to read your comments on the current show at The Brickhouse. The show is edgy, and obviously we understand that tastes are individual and subjective however ‘Wham, Bam, Kaboom’ is one of our most successful and well received productions. The boys are classicly trained dancers and have flown all the way from Seattle to perform for us. Please see two recent press reviews of the very same show:
We are receptive to all feedback and would love to attempt to win you back around as an fan of our venue. Clearly this particular show was not to your taste – please email me for complimentary tickets to our next show which is a little more conventional: http://www.thebrickhouse.co.uk/la-bordello-boheme/
1930’s theme going on
Sometimes scantilly clad performers between courses (and that’s just the men)
Singers and brilliant cabaret performances
British food + local art on the walls
Another truly happening Shoreditch venue
This converted warehouse is the perfect party atmosphere with a little sleekness which is lacking from the retro dark and beautifully grubby clubs (that still hold a place in my heart mind) that you normally find down Bricklane.
It’s whitewashed, with wooden floors, plus red velvet curtains. Two mezzanine levels rise above a small stage on the ground floor, where you can catch performances from tassel-twirling burlesque dancers, cabaret acts, magicians and DJs. And a lovely outside area which sometimes has a seperate DJ act on.
I have been there on many occasion on a Sunday day time for a friends promotion and has always been top notch. Sound system good music wicked great vibe friendly staff lovely clean toilets (Which is also lacking from the other clubs in the area)
The real reason why I decided to leave a five star review is for the hen party I booked, Thank you thank you thank you.
Booked for 30 x girlies. For £30 a head we got a beautiful meal which all of every one of us enjoyed. An amazing show, and got to keep the area for the club after which was a promotion called Fish don’t dance (I believe.)
The staff on this night especially went out of their way to accommodate us . From decorating the table to hiding the cake getting the hen involved in the show. It was perfect.
If you looking for a bit of everything all under the one venue, and good value for money, you will be hard pushed to find something better I think (I sure couldn’t!)
Went to the Brickhouse on Friday 2nd of December for ‘date night’ with a bit of a Christmas twist. They were serving their Christmas menu and the entertainment was apparently Christmas themed.
I’ll start with the food, as that was the part that was the most disappointing. I ordered for starter swordfish carpaccio with balsamic glaze and crushed pinenuts. You couldn’t actually taste the swordfish as the balsamic and pinenuts were so over-powering it was literally all you could taste.
There also started the chefs facination with crushed nuts. He must have read about it recently because they appeared on every course. Baked onto the poussin, and over the dessert too. Making everything have the same ground up texture and taste – which wasn’t a good thing.
For my main course I had the Poussin with ‘grilled mint courgettes’ and roasted root vegetables to share. The poussin was okay (minus the crushed nuts baked onto the skin) and the grilled mint courgettes were cold. Not sure if that was deliberate or not. What really riled me was the roast veg to share. It was no more than a saucer of small pieces of veg to share between two people. Not exactly what I’d call a Christmas dinner portion.
The desserts were okay. Again, nothing to write home about and covered in strange crushed things as a garnish.
Now for the entertainment. Like the food, it was a bit lacklustre. Four performers and a hostess doing two acts each. I’ve seen a lot better and with performers who actually look like they are enjoying being there too.
Overall, I’d say it was okay for the ambience and service, but don’t go there and expect amazing food. There were a lot of work christmas parties in there (as you’d expect at this time of year). I think there’s some deals out there where you can try it out for cheap but if you pay full price like I did, you’ll leave feeling a little bit cheated.
We came out of the restaurant a bit confused. Food was cooked and well presented, although I wouldn't really sell it as a 4-course meal, although technically it was. The pea soup was excellent, but came in a rather tiny wini bowl. The fish was excellent and really tasty. The third course was a tiny wood board with cheese and pickles to share. The fourth course was an excellent lemoney panna cotta with raspberries sorbet. Good wine list and excellent service. On top of that there was live entertainment (burlesque) which is the main reason why we wanted to go there. There were 3 performances and I would say they were really good and funny. So what's the problem? The performances were very short...probably a fourth one would have done the trick. There wasn't much atmosphere..too bright and very little cabaret-style...plus don't book at 7 as the place is completely empty. The fish and the burlesque lady sticking a spoon up her nose were the piece de resistance of the evening..however, would I recommend it to my friends? I think not. Why? Because, I wasn't quite impressed by the overall experience, but can't really pinpoint what it was. Probably I was expecting less nice food and bit more performances in a place with slightly more atmosphere. Yes. This is why.
Last Saturday saw The Brickhouse host a party with the Sunday Happy Day DJ crew (Miss Bailey, Ben Jamin, Soul II Soul). It was the second time they'd presented their evening; "The Lick", the first of which was 6 months ago, but this was the first one I'd been to.
The restaurant is fully functioning in the evening, so you do get straggling diners come 11pm when the DJ kicks in. This isn't really a problem, but it means the tables in the balconies (there are 2) are sometimes occupied for longer (especially when the music is so great, which is what happenend on Saturday....).
The venue itself is very cool and has a patio/decking area outside, which I believe is undergoing some refurbishment soon. It has a bar on the ground floor serving far-too-drinkable cocktails. Then there's the 1st balcony comprising of dining tables and the 2nd balcony which has its own bar and bed-type loungers perfect for resting those weary feet after a few hours dancing to the happy beats.
I can't judge this place on the quality of the food, but based on the party of the eve it gets a big two thumbs up (and two hands in the air). And judging by the packed dance floor I'd say the rest of the revellers agreed.
More Sunday Happy Days at Brickhouse please.
I first went to The Brickhouse in with week it first opened back in October last year when it was in its soft launch phase … and to be honest was roundly unimpressed. The interior is stylish enough and quite interesting - it is built across 3 floors with booths and tables on the 1st floor and lounging-style beds on the 2nd floor and the ground floor has a stage and the floors above are cut away so each floor can see what’s going on on the stage … which is the ‘twist’ that The Brickhouse brings to the restaurant scene in London - they have number of cabaret acts that perform while you dine. On the night that we went they were testing out an act and the one we saw I am pretty sure they did not hire again and it was painful … some kind of curious poetry … one by one all of us in our group sidled out to have a smoke while it was going on. However, i hear from friends that have been since that the entertainment is now pretty good … some good burlesque style performers and trapeze artists (a kind of static trapeze, not the circus kind). The other thing The Brickhouse offers is fine dining, and again on the night i first went it was way off the mark - we were having drinks so had canapes which were overpriced, over complicated and franky rubbish. However, i recently went back for lunch and really enjoyed the food (i had a double fish 2 course meal) ... it was still a tiny bit over fancy and the chef likes foam far too much, but it was good. All in all, The Brickhouse, has a really fresh and new restaurant concept - mix of cabaret as you dine (sometimes lying down on beds) in a warehouse minimalist style building and is definitely worth a try. And if you do, and there’s about 8 of you then i suggest you book the private room - it is really great.
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