East London is the new food mecca of London. It seems as though every warehouse or abandoned space has a ramen joint or a cocktail bar popping up in it, but being residents of the East, we are ok with that… it means endless food options on our doorstep.
In no particular order, below is our top 5 restaurants to eat in East London.
The Clove Club
Daniel Willis, Issac McHale & Johnny Smith opened this much awaited permanent venture after their continued success with Upstairs at the Ten Bells. Situated in the Old Shoreditch Town Hall, the boys just earned their first Michelin Star.
You can choose whether to sit and a five course menu, a full tasting menu or if you want the experience without breaking the bank, head to the bar area for a cocktail and a snack .
Lyle’s is chef James Lowe’s new solo venture and one of the most enjoyable London dining experiences I’ve had to date. The restaurant is open for coffee and pastries from 8am, lunch from 12 and offers a 5 course tasting menu for dinner. The menu changes daily and features the best that british produce can offer. Lyle’s is the sort of restaurant you could dine at twice a week and never get bored.
Have nothing but love for this little Japanese place, brilliant food and gorgeous friendly waitstaff. They have live DJ’s every night but the music is unobtrusive and you can still enjoy a chat with you friends or a romantic date in the dim lighting. Seasonal menu with weekly specials, all at very reasonable prices and great wine.
Tre Viet on Mare Street offers no frills Vietnamese. Don’t expect the waitstaff to be welcoming or friendly but the food makes up for it. Its cheap, consistent and authentic.
Pacific Social Club
Cafe and breakfast joint by day, Japanese Okonomiyaki joint by night. Perfect breakfast and lunch spot featuring a small simple menu of salads and sandwiches, fresh juice and good coffee. From Thursday through Sunday the back kitchen is taken over and serves up some of the tastiest Japanese food around, and its BYO.