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Number 90 Reviewed: Ich bin ein Berliner

SEEN had not properly appreciated the unique European atmosphere of Number 90 before. It’s more than yet another restaurant and club. You could be forgiven for thinking that bars and clubs are currently taking London by storm; they are. In an uncertain era where venues come and go with alarming rapidity, it’s comforting to think that Number 90 has just celebrated its 4th birthday.

It’s a place of discovery, entertainment and artistic endeavour, where you can also dance and enjoy yummy food. The night SEEN was there, she had a vegan burger (heavy on earthy beetroot) which was just delicious, washed down with a nice glass of Malbec. Food of the gods, I tell you! When I complimented the waiter on the deliciousness of the burger, he replied simply, ‘I know.’ That’s how confident they are.

Meanwhile, other guests ate, drank and chatted at tables or on comfy chairs, as artists created murals, DJs spun their grooves and performers were spotted in (variously) fortune-tellers’ outfits and a multicoloured suit chatting to guests. Musicians came and set up for later in the evening and there was an elated Berlin-style vibe in which anything might happen.

We hear that Number 90 is now open seven days a week, vegans and veggies will be well-catered for in the Sunday roast department, Drag Queen Bingo, local ales on tap, all-night La Terraza parties with top DJs, 2-4-1 burgers and now a dedicated TNG APP is in the pipeline, for more news, deals and competitions.

Owing to the snow, the canal-side terrace was not open, but no matter, the food was hot, the service friendly and the prevailing atmosphere was very relaxed. Lest you think it all unrestrained hedonism, Number 90 prides itself on empowering people to learn new skills, (on the decks, for example) and guests are invited to join in with other activities on offer at the venue. Street Artists who are starting out will be given a section of wall. A famous artist might be given the whole three storeys to create with. SEEN was very heartened by the whole venture. It’s great to think they’re still going after four years. We’ll be back in the warmer months for a go of that canal-side terrace and a nice cold glass of Picpoul wine.

Number 90
90 Wallis Road
E9 5LN