Hi all and welcome back to our blog series focusing on East London. This week we will be focusing on the best places to eat in East London. If you are looking for a good cocktail bar for after work drinks, check out last week’s blog post here: Cocktails
Lets get on with our list. Introducing ten fantastic restaurants, ten different international cuisines all in East London.
HKK Broadgate West, 88 Worship Street, Broadgate West, London EC2A 2BE, England
Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 24 minutes.
HKK restaurant is the latest concept developed by the Hakkasan group which offers a unique Chinese fine dining experience. HKK opened its doors in December 2012, and since then has been awarded a Michelin star- proving its credentials.
The menu has some old favourites, Crispy Taro Puffs, Peking duck and Dim Sum to name a few. Everything was cooked to perfection, a delicate balance of flavours and texture. The staff patiently explain the concept of each dish and what condiments to use to enhance the flavours of the dish.. HKK’s duck was cooked using a traditional cherry wood oven which allowed the duck to be infused with a deep, smoky flavour with a subtle taste of sweetness.
Fizzy Recommends: The wagyu beef and the Chilean sea bass.
The Breakfast Club, 12-16 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 20 minutes.
The Breakfast Club references the iconic John Hughes movie which defined the 80’s, and like its film counterpart is effortlessly cool. Don’t expect anyone to be wearing Barry Mannilow’s wardrobe here though, because it is strictly skinny jeans only. This branch of the breakfast club is not painted in the customary yellow hue, which makes it looks a bit harder to find but it’s worth the effort, believe me. The best part about the breakfast club apart from obviously the breakfast, is that it is available all day!
I am not a breakfast person customarily, but this is because I find it a struggle to wake up on time. Going to Breakfast Club is a dream come true, the only tough choice is deciding what to have.
Fizzy recommends: A traditional English fry up or the American counterpart: Pancakes and Bacon drizzled with sweet, sticky maple syrup.
Distance from Stepney Green: 23 Minutes
Polpo Smithfield, Italian tapas style.
Polpo mixes traditional Italian style home cooking with tapas. Delightful morsels of goodness is better when you can share that experience with a friend. Polpo style is rustic and simple, focusing on fresh ingredients dashed with a generous sprinkle of fennel. Overall, a refreshing take on Italian cuisine.
Fizzy recommends: the rabbit ragu,served with black olives and gnocchi.
4.Best Middle Eastern
Ariana Afghan and Persian Food
Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 12 Minute walk.
One of those great local finds, unassuming from the outside but bursting in character inside. Ariana hosts outdoor seating which makes this place even more popular in the summer. The food is lovingly prepared before you, and the flatbread is freshly made every day. Get the Panir O Sabzi- delicious flat bread with tarragon, mint radishes and walnut. It’s the large selection of Afghan and Persian food that make this place so special. Don’t go away without trying their grilled meats which are expertly cooked.
Fizzy recommends: the grilled lamb- slightly chargrilled on the outside, succulent and tender on the inside.
Song Que Cafe
134 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DY
Distance from Stepney Green: 27 Minutes
It can be difficult to pick out a good Vietnamese restaurant in Kingsland Road since the street is full of them! Song Que stands above the rest, in the evening expect to find a crowd of people queuing to get in. What you want is authentic Vietnamese cuisine and that’s what you get at Song Que. The pho is outstanding, the broth is well seasoned and full of flavour.
Fizzy recommends: the most traditional Vietnamese dishes to get a sense of what Song Que is about so fresh spring rolls, and beef brisket pho.
6. Best Japanese
Distance from Stepney Green: 26 minutes
Tsuru is something I always fall back to, it offers a decent selection of sushi -the salmon and avocado rolls hit the spot. I always find myself going for the slightly unhealthy option at Tsuru, the decadent 8 hour katsu curry. Sweet, creamy and comforting with the crackle in your mouth of the fried pork. The chicken teriyaki is good too, and I like that they use chicken thigh instead of breast which just adds more depth into the dish.
Fizzy recommends: 8 hour Chicken Katsu curry.
7. Best Traditional English
The Clove Club, 28 minutes.
Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 28 minutes
The Clove Club celebrates the best of British cuisine and as result their menu changes every day to promote British seasonal produce. Everything is painstakingly thought out even in the way that the dish is artfully presented. Expect to find their dishes on instagram under the hashtag , #foodporn .
Fizzy recommends: the slow cooked beef.
8. Best Mexican
Boho Mexica, 151-153 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BJ
Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 23 minutes.
You can’t help but notice that there is Mexican cuisine is everywhere these days. Mexican chains are popping up left, right and centre and yet my quest for the absolute burrito continues. Boho Mexica steps in to fill in the divide, and it feels like a labour of love. The staff know their Mexican food and is one of the few places in London that offers a cactus salad. Did I find the perfect burrito? No but only because my needs were met by the pulled pork enchiladas, which was heavenly.
Fizzy recommends: Pulled Pork enchiladas and Chicken Fajjitas.
9. Best Thai
Kinkao, 176 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU
Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 21 minutes.
A often overlooked little Thai restaurant, almost hidden along the many Indian restaurants on Brick Lane. Kinkao is by far the best Thai restaurant in East London. You will find the traditional dishes, including Thai green curry and Tom Yum soup and they are cooked to an excellent standard. I always order Tom Yum soup to test the authenticity of a Thai restaurant. Kinkao did not disappoint. Now, I can handle my spice, but in one Thai restaurant I had a mouth numbingly spicy prawn that meant I spent most of that night crying into my rice bowl. It was with nervous anticipation then, that I tried the “crying tiger” but it was a fantastic dish -the steak was tender and the slight kick of the chilli sauce was a win.
Fizzy Recommends: the Thai green curry.
10. Best Indian
7 Boundary St, London E2 7JE
Distance from Fizzy Stepney Green: 25 minutes.
Dishoom plays homage to original Bombay cafes that have disappeared from the scene. Dishoom brings a touch of glamour to Indian cuisine. It might play on traditional but the interiors of Dishoom feels very contemporary. Some of the concepts seem bizarre for Indian cuisine, Bacon Naan roll and Bombay sausages to name a few. Having tried them, I believe Dishoom is light years ahead of us all. I can’t wait to try more.
Fizzy recommends : The Lamb Raan bun washed down with a cup of milky Chai tea.