Comfort . Food . Elevated
Two Lights is by American chef, Chase Lovecky, formerly head chef at The Clove Club. The team at Clove (same peeps behind Luca) backed Chase with his first solo project; an alumnus of Hugo’s (Maine), Jean-Georges and momofuku Ko in NYC.
Chase is bringing his take on ‘Modern American’ fare to Kingsland Road. The name itself is a nod to Two Lights State Park in Maine, an area known for its seafood and fish and where the chef grew up. You see references to the lighthouse peppered in the restaurant’s iconography – the logo and even a cute little paperclip binding together the receipt to the postcard.
Longggg intro but hopefully helps contextualise the food at Two Lights. To me, it felt like elevated comfort food and when hoovering up the various plates, I did emit the odd moan (the good type) . Yeah, I’m extra AF when it comes to food.
Plates take a while to emerge from the kitchen but delight when they finally do – there were no dud dishes. The chicken liver parfait was in a word – sensational; especially when paired with the black garlic and pickled pumpkin. A miniscule chip, deep fried with beef fat and topped with a bit of crab – £3.50…I hate myself for loving it.
The endive salad with fennel, blood orange and buratta – I guess we need balance in life and this endive salad’s role at our meal was to save us from a carbattack.
The cod in a smooth and complex Old Bay sauce, topped with samphire and sprinkled with battered shrimp was just ace.
We hadn’t realised there were slices of potato in the dish, so we ordered a whole bowl topped with ricotta and black pepper. I do love a god carb.
The puddings were everything I had hoped for and more. Vanilla custard tart & bourbon caramel? Dense and delightful.
Guinness ice cream and molten chocolate cake? Every fucking day please. If it was socially acceptable to lick my plate, I probably would’ve.
The bill might seem unpalatable to some (after all it’s a casual space) but that would be shortsighted. I am so down for thoughtful dishes packed with FLAVOUR in a laid back setting.
Also spotted Jun Tanaka, Michelin starred head chef of The Ninth whilst dining here.
Will I be heading back? 100%.
BASIC OR BOUGIE? Not Basic, Not Bougie
SERVICE is attentive and chilled
TRY the crab chip; chicken liver parfait; cod w/ brown & Old Bay
BEST FOR Casual Catch Ups, Solo Dining
VIBE is Lo-fi & a bit quiet (Sun afternoon)
GROUPS c.8 ppl
GOOD TO KNOW Open Sun | c.£45
28-30 Kingsland Rd, E2 8AA
Open Tue (Tue eve only) – Sun