Always a contentious post – we’ve updated our Top Takeaways list again. These are our current favourites, some you’ll know, others might be new. Of course we had to start with…
Sodo Pizza Cafe, Hatherley Mews, E17 4QP
Fantastic pizza place off Hoe Street, eat-in or take-away. Daily, innovative and unusual meat and veggie specials. Usually a vegan and GF option. Sourdough pizza from the giant wood-burning oven. Great antipasti especially the burrata. Natural wines and craft beers too.
Yard Sale Pizza the Old Glass Factory, 15 Hoe Street, E17 4SD
Tables to seat about 24 and a bar with stool-counter seating at the front, plus more outdoor tables for sunny days. Online ordering, E17 delivery and take-away. Massive 18 inch pizza to share. Authentic and creative Italian toppings, thin, stone-baked. Gluten free, veggie and vegan options. Open 7 days a week, noon or 5pm – 10/11pm.
280g 88 High Street, E17 7LD
Small and overlooked pizza cafe down the High Street. Fabulous pizza – my favourite toppings the whole fresh burrata mozarella. No alcohol license. Lovely homemade ciabatta to buy.
Italian Bakery (Le Delice) 114 Hoe Street, E17 4QR
Small Sardinian bakery selling daily fresh baked Italian breads, focaccia, pizza and calzone (at the weekends). Open from 7.30am in the week, 10am at weekends.
Chinese/ Thai/ Sushi/ Vietnamese
New Dragon Inn, 57 Hoe Street, E17 4SA
Next door to the Rose & Crown pub. Reliable Chinese takeaway including tofu, prawn and vegetable dishes. The roast duck with vegetables is a favourite. Dinner boxes are excellent value. Food tastes fresh and hot, cooked to order. Collection or delivery.
Woo Lot, 592 Lea Bridge Road, E10 7DN
Well, yes technically it is just over the road into Leyton at Bakers Arms. Wide range of Chinese dishes, cheap, big portions, efficient service and friendly staff. Eat-in or takeaway. (Not to be confused with Woo on Forest Road)
O’Cha Thai, 60 Billet Road, E17 5DN
Thai takeaway, delivering fragrant, authentic dishes using good quality ingredients. Portions are on the small side, so order lots if you’re starving!
Sumo Fresh, 141 High Street, Wanstead, E11 2RL
Japanese restaurant serving handmade sushi and noodle dishes in Wanstead. Free delivery on orders over £20.
District Một, (used to be Little Siagon) 686 High Road, Leytonstone, E11 3AA
Large airy restaurant over in Leytonstone. Lovely Pho noodle soups and delicate Vietnamese pancakes. Good value rice and noodle dishes.
Teras, 117 Wood Street, E17 3LL
Family-run Turkish charcoal BBQ restaurant and takeaway. Lovely homemade food, cooked freshly to order including meze, pide, kebabs and oven-baked dishes. Friendly staff and beautiful decor. Open daily from 12.
Wood Oven, 328 Hoe Street, E17 9PX
Just down from Walthamstow Central – beautiful decor, good food, friendly staff. All the traditional Turkish BBQ grills and meze dishes. Open daily – 12 til late, plenty of table space but also takeaway.
Gokyuzu, 42D, Selborne Walk, The Mall, E17 7JR
New and very welcome addition to the High Street at The Mall shopping Centre. One of the finest Turkish restaurants in London. Focused on the fresh meat grills but good fish and veggie options too. Meze, pide (Turkish pizza), free dips, bread, salads and tea. Open daily
Mannoush, 230 High Street, E17 7JH
Top of the High Street opposite the cinema. Lebanese kebabs, chicken and grills. It’s only a small place so mainly take-away. Cheap, fresh and tasty.
Fresh Nan Bakery, 143 High Street, E17 7DB (opposite Sainsbury’s)
The tiny, hole-in-the-wall nan bakery has extended into the next door shop and now has a charcoal grill, pizza oven and small seating area. Still so cheap – kebab rolls, falafel wraps, etc. Hot, loud and rammed with folk jostling for fresh 4 for £1 nan bread straight from the tandoor oven.
Fish & chips
Five Star Fish Bar, 442 Forest Road, E17 4PY
Friendly fish and chip shop opposite the William Morris Gallery – ideal for grabbing a bag of chips for a stroll round the park. They have haddock to order which as Northerners we appreciate, lunchtime specials and freshly cooked chips.
The Brothers Fish Bar, 122 Wood Street, E17 3HX
Frying fish and chips in Wood Street for 50+ years. Good quality and traditional – they peel and chip their own potatoes and serve fresh battered fish. Open Mon-Sat, 12-9pm.
The Tiffin Tin, 4 Station Parade, High Street, Wanstead, E11 1QF
Out of E17 but worth mentioning for the quality – they deliver to E17. Real Indian curries. Fresh, healthy, first-class takeaway.
Saffron Kitchen 300 Lea Bridge Road, E10 7LD
Always busy, often a queue for tables unless you go early/late. Mumbai-style street food and traditional Indian dishes. Fantastic desserts including the fried ice-cream. Peculiar opening hours so check before you go. No alcohol.