Mambow to open in Shoreditch

Published 3 February 2020

The ever-expanding Shoreditch area will get a new homely place to eat with the arrival of Mambow later this month. Chef Abby Lee will open the doors to Mambow on 10 February, bringing a new breakfast and lunch spot to Commercial Street.

Mambow’s food offering will centre on signature bowls with seasonal vegetables, alongside a wide-ranging breakfast and lunch menu. Breakfast will feature a line-up of frittatas, coconut yoghurt and porridge bowls to order, as well as a selection of pastries and buns from the counter. For your morning caffeine fix, coffee will be supplied by The Roasting Shed in Hackney Wick, with freshly pressed juices also available.  

Come lunchtime, a selection of signature bowls will be on offer, including the ‘chick flick’, served with black rice, za’taar sprouts, roast beets and spicy grilled chicken, and ‘beet it’, with farro tabbouleh, raw and grilled fennel and charred spicy broccoli. Alternatively, guests can build their own bowl, choosing from a range of bases like black rice with crispy shallots, topped with a protein such as mixed bean rendang or crispy pork belly – all available to eat in or take away. On a mission to reduce food waste, daily-changing soup and loaf cakes will incorporate unused veg.

Weekend brunch is inspired by Lee’s upbringing in Singapore and Malaysia, with dishes including nasi lemak – Malaysian fried chicken with coconut pandan rice – and a sourdough toastie filled with kimchi, taleggio and cheddar. Whilst Mambow will be closed in the evenings, it will be hosting a series of supper clubs with dishes themed around different world cuisines.

Lee’s attempts to reduce waste also features in the interior design, which combines ethical and second-hand furniture with colourful prints and vintage fabrics. Designed by Letician Houston, the space will have an industrial feel, with brick walls exposed and leather stools dotted around.

Commenting on the opening, Lee says “Growing up in Singapore, I spent lots of time at my family’s bakery – one of the first organic bakeries in the city. It was there that I learned the importance of beginning every recipe with quality ingredients, and cooking nutritious food with soul at its heart. I wanted to open somewhere welcoming and homely, whether you’re stopping by for a bowl to go or settling in for weekend brunch. It was also really important to me for Mambow to close the loop as far as possible: I’m working with local suppliers, using any leftover produce for soups and cakes, and making sure that the interiors are sustainable.” 

Mambow opens on 10 February at 75 Commercial Street, Spitalfields. To purchase supper club tickets, click here

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