East London has no shortage of culinary excellence. In fact, if you’re looking for an eatery that will tickle every one of your senses, here’s where you’ll find it. From cocktails alongside taxidermied wild things, to glorious French cuisine, read on and discover seven of our favourite spots.
Yes, the place with a Damien Hirst cow and chicken up there in the middle.
Once you get over the initial sense of awe at the dramatic, gleaming space around you, it’s time to settle down for some very good food. Run by Mark Hix, the Tramshed is dedicated to nothing but roast chicken and steak. While that might sound a tad limiting, it goes to show how much good sourcing can make a difference, and the meat you get to enjoy here is nothing short of flawless.
The wellbeing trend is pretty much impossible to avoid – and The Hive on Vyner Street is the perfect place to indulge, when your body is craving a cold-pressed juice after far too many indulgences of other kinds.
Don’t be fooled by this clean and stylish looking spot. It’s not all cucumber and kale juices – their menu oozes with incredibly tempting dishes that’ll make you rethink the concept of vegan food, with an Italian wine list to make you weep with joy.
Oh, and don’t forget dessert. Three words: Cashew. Pistachio. Brownie.
Envisioned by Terence Conran, Boundary is inevitably spot on for style and ambience and will make design aficionados salivate before you even hit the menu. A converted print factory, its seven floors feature a gourmet shop, rooftop bar, and of course, the sleek restaurant residing in the basement.
You’ll find classic French dishes here, expertly crafted and well-presented, with a service that is refreshingly relaxed. One of the highlights? Loin of veal, served with flair and panache straight from the trolley.
Paying homage to the Irani food joints that populated Bombay in the twentieth century, Dishoom gives a taste of Indian cuisine that is a far cry from the takeout menu fare that might have shaped your imagination.
There’s a charming old school air to the place – from the euphemistic Indian English signs dotted around, to the utterly delightful menu. Chai mojitos and bacon naan bread provide updates on classic flavours, or you can sink satisfyingly into some iconic Bombay street food dishes, as you relax amid the character-filled décor.
One of the best things about East London is finding the oddest pairings, that work so damn well together that you’re left wondering why they’d never been done before.
Case in point, cocktails and crepes. Pancakes of every variety, from the iconic stack of American pancakes, oozing with syrup and all the extras, to refined French crepes and savoury galettes. The cocktail menu doesn’t disappoint either, with some equally delicious bespoke creations.
All of that is served up with some fine Shoreditch party atmosphere – the party goes on long past midnight, making it the perfect place to celebrate just about anything.
A non-alcoholic cocktail bar?
If that sounds like sacrilege, curb your judgement and head down to Redemption anyway. This isn’t some joyless juice joint or a meagre offering of syrupy mocktails, but an adventurous place of gastronomic delights, all created by some people who love health, flavour and very good food.
The drinks list is packed with deliciousness. Try the Coco-rita – a coconut water margarita, served in a salt rimmed glass, or their in-house take on an espresso martini. And the food is equally lovely; sweet and savoury dishes that will shine on your Instagram, and actually taste as good as they look.
Eat and Drink Curiously at Viktor Wynd’s
Located in The Last Tuesday Society, the in-house café/bar is going to be suitably weird and wonderful.
And the cocktail bar certainly doesn’t disappoint. A tempting array of drinks with imaginative names – including Gone With the Wynd and the Zombie give a taste of the surreal, while their on-point burgers will satisfy your cravings in a substantial way. Reflecting their exotic collection of taxidermy, the menu is a showcase of tastes you wouldn’t find in any ordinary burger bar – take your pick from zebra, camel, ostrich or kangaroo. Snuggle up next to the eight-legged lamb and tuck in.