Angelina Restaurant opening 2019

Opening in East London in early February 2019, Angelina Restaurant presents an experience like no other

A surreal exploration of Japanese and Italian cuisines, cultures and influences; it’s as if a Nonna and a Baba spent a day in the kitchen, sharing recipes and then decided to open a restaurant together. A multi-cultural mash-up; fresh, indigenous ingredients and traditional, handed-down techniques are playfully, yet respectfully, re-imagined by Angelina’s culinary craftsmen; delivering a truly original concept.

Whilst Italian and Japanese cuisines may seem worlds apart, at their core they share the very same values; food is regional, seasonal and created with minimal meddling and the deepest respect. Above all, it’s made to bring people together. Based on these shared values, Angelina is an informal and superlatively social experience serving a daily eight-plate sharing menu featuring unique dishes such as Unagi Risotto with Burnt Soy Butter & Dashi; Cavolo Nero, Tonkotsu, Egg & Keta Caviar and Black Sesame and Milk Chocolate Pannacotta.

Inspired by Tokyo’s famous Shinjuku district, drinks will be served from the restaurant’s hidden drinking den, Golden Gai. Golden Gai seats just six people, making it one of East London’s smallest bars. Debauchery and night-time naughtiness is actively encouraged in this low-lit hideaway as the cocktails and shots flow and i-phones are left at the door.

Only the highest quality Japanese and Italian tipples feature in Angelina’s carefully curated cocktail and wine menu. Selected wines including ‘Carusu Etna’, Terazze Dell’Etna, Nerello Mascalese & Nerello Capuccio and Verdichio di Metalica “Cambrugiano”, Belisario, Verdichio, are paired with each dish to enhance the dining experience; whilst cocktails such as the Gianduja Coupe; a blend of Gianduja Italian chocolate, espresso, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur and Japanese blended Nikka Whisky From The Barrel are personally designed by Owner Joshua Owens-Baigler.

As far as Angelina’s talent goes, it’s a highly experienced, passionate, maverick mix – in reality far from your average grandmother. Owner and General Manager Joshua Owens-Baigler trained at the River Café and cut his teeth with the Bistroteque Group and Hix, becoming Bar Manager at Bocca Di Lupo, before headlining as General Manager of Artusi and more recently at Zest at JW3 and Bevis Marks. Roman Head Chef, Daniele Ceforo whose CV includes stints at Bocca di Lupo, Zoilo, Café Murano and Enoteca Turi, is joined by gregarious Welshman and Daphne’s ex-Head Chef Robin Beparry. In short, this team knows what it’s doing!

We want the Angelina experience to be fun, friendly and above all a social occasion. We like the surrealism associated with challenging and poking fun at the way we now eat. Saying this, we are respectful of technique and tradition, looking to add to grandmother’s recipe, not run away from it”. Joshua Owens-Baigler, Owner and General Manager, Angelina Restaurant.

Being Italian, I have always been passionate about Italian cuisine and started working in the kitchen at age 14. Angelina is an exciting project for me, working with new Japanese ingredients and techniques that will allow me to showcase my passion and creativity, as well as challenge me.Daniele Ceforo, Head Chef, Angelina Restaurant.

The 40-cover space designed by London-based studio; Anna Owens Designs is heavily inspired by Japanese avant-garde fashion combining a modern, minimalist, monochromatic aesthetic with high-quality Italian materials and craftsmanship. Homage is paid to Angelina’s Italian and Japanese ancestors with quirky caricatures handpainted onto the walls of Golden Gai, whilst a grand Italian marble bar overlooks the open kitchen.

Angelina’s eight-plate sharing menu starts from £48pp with the option of wine pairing for an additional £45pp. For those without the luxury of time a Chef’s Choice Daily Plate is available priced at £9/ £12 with a glass of wine. Angelina Restaurant will open in early February 2019.

Booking enquiries can be made via the website

56 Dalston Lane
E8 3AH