Giant Robot, EC1

giant robot Giant Robot, EC1If you like your lunch Italian, your brunch American, cocktails at dinner time and dinner at bedtime, Giant Robot is the place to be.  Giant Robot takes over the site of long-serving Clerkenwell favourite, Match Bar, and whilst the owners are still the same, the new venue is very different.  With a name like Giant Robot, it’s no wonder that the venue has a quirky and fun vibe about it. 


As you’d expect of a venue owned by the cocktail maestros who also own Milk & Honey, Giant Robot is very much geared towards providing a great environment in which to while a night away with some excellent liquid concoctions.  Try out their Brooklyn for a stunning take on a classic Manhattan, or go for something more refreshing with their Gin & Tonic ‘Alfresco’ featuring a touch of bitters.


The restaurant and bar opens from 10am and goes onto serve dinner until 1am and drinks until 2am. The beauty of the menu is that almost everything is ordered tapas style, in mouthful sizes, so you can order as little or as much as you want.  Not only is this great for trying a variety of food, but it’s also a style ideally suited to someone who is primarily out for a few drinks, but also wants some great quality food to graze on along the way.  With prices starting at 82p for something like the crostini, it’s great value too.


Meatballs feature heavily on the menu and are available by the ‘ball’ in a variety of options, including burger style or with tomato sauce and pasta.  They also have meat and cheese platters, piadine sandwiches, a range of crostini’s, as well as larger plates including grilled Giant Prawns with garlic, chilli & oregano and a simply stunning dish of braised Guanciale (pork cheeks) with a creamy olive oil mash.  Desserts include a quirky Baked Alaska that is flamed at your table and ice cream & cookie sandwiches.


Food: 3.5/5

Cocktails: 4/5

Venue: 3/5

Value: 4/5


Cuisine type: Italian

Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £45

Cocktails: £6.50

Beer: £3.50


Giant Robot

45 Clerkenwell Road


Tel: 020 7065 6810



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