Category Archives: Restaurants beyond E17

Top 5 Favourites: Liverpool

We stayed in Liverpool for a few days recently and enjoyed exploring the foodie scene. Here’s our Top 5 Recommends: 1 – for Coffee: The whole Third Wave, designer coffee shop culture is hitting Liverpool right now, meaning better coffee and … Continue reading

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New opening: Tuyo, Broadway Market, Hackney

Tuyo is a sunny, bright and airy Mediterranean restaurant with an Eastern slant. It opened in July just by the canal on Broadway Market in Hackney. We read the early reviews and excitedly booked a table, and after wandering the food stalls of Netil Market … Continue reading

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Farang – get there quick!

We stumbled across Farang during a weekend walk from Finsbury Park to Highbury, and after drooling over the menu we booked a table for Sunday lunch. This was a good move – they’re currently serving some of the best Thai food in … Continue reading

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Bombetta – a little flavour explosion in Snaresbrook

Newly opened in August 2016 right next to Snaresbrook tube station Bombetta is already popular with critics, locals and foodies. Their Puglian small plates are pretty special. We booked for a Saturday lunchtime and the restaurant was packed, with only the counter running alongside the kitchen left for … Continue reading

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Mora – a local Sardinian love affair

True love was declared on a Saturday afternoon in Leytonstone. The object of affection is the Sardinian restaurant Mora situated just past Leytonstone Overground and the fantastically good Thai restaurant Singburi. I was a little disappointed that this announcement of … Continue reading

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Little Saigon – Leytonstone

At the Green Man end of Leytonstone High Road, amongst the delights of Matalan, Wetherspoons and McDonalds, there are some great new foodie places including the Wild Goose Bakery for a delicious brunch, All You Read is Love – Danish … Continue reading

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Foodie Heroes – lunch with Claudia Roden & Jose Pizarro

One of the first cook books we ever bought was a battered, old copy from Oxfam of Claudia Roden’s, ‘A New Book of Middle Eastern Food’. Published in 1968, it changed the way we ate in Britain by introducing humous, … Continue reading

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A whirlwind of restaurants

  Recently life has felt like being caught-up in a whirlwind – we’ve been battered and blown along, and in the process eaten out far too many times, breakfast, lunch and dinner. So here’s a quick snapshot from our tour … Continue reading

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Gökyüzü Chingford – Turkish restaurant

  We love Turkish food, however on a cold, dreary Monday night as we pulled the car off the roaring North Circular into a dark, pot-holed carpark, one of the Walthamstowfoodies expressed concerns that we were going to be the … Continue reading

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Diwana Bhel Poori House, Euston

The Diwana Bhel Poori House restaurant on Drummond Street in Euston is an Indian institution, loved by locals, tourists, vegetarians and bargain seeking students and cheap-eaters. It’s been years since I last visited, but a couple of weeks ago I … Continue reading

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Two new openings in Leyton – Masak Malaysian Kitchen & Deeney’s Cafe

After being held under house arrest by a college assignment that seemed to take over our lives and dining room table for the past few weeks, we escaped into the sunshine today. A walk was in order so we set … Continue reading

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Salvation in Noodles – Vietnamese in Finsbury Park

We were definitely NOT eating out this week after a whole weekend of indulging in street food at the Walthamstow Garden Party. But then it was Monday evening and after a virtuous swim outdoors in Covent Garden, we somehow really … Continue reading

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Copita del mercado, Petticoat Lane

I’ve been walking past this place for a few months on my way home from work. There’s a whole bunch of restaurants and quirky shops opening up in this area. On a whim I decided to book a table for … Continue reading

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Provender – Wanstead, E11

We kicked off this weekend with a lunch at Provender cafe & brasserie in leafy Wanstead E11, although confusingly I had actually booked a brunch table at Providores in Marylebone. Arriving at 12.15pm we found the place quiet after the … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Kitchen, Liverpool Street

We both have a passion for Indian cooking, but ordering in a takeaway curry or popping out for tandoori lamb chops, however good they taste,  just wasn’t going to cut it for a 40th birthday celebration. So off we headed … Continue reading

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Lazeez Lebanese Tapas – Marylebone

Just around the corner from Selfridges is Lazeez Tapas, a quiet place to grab a drink and some authentic Lebanese street food after a day of shopping on Oxford Street. Lazeez Tapas is set over two floors with a large … Continue reading

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Dabbous – Whitfield Street, London

Dabbous, in central London, launched in 2012 to rave reviews. It was quickly impossible to get a table, with a year-long waiting list, especially after winning it’s first Michelin star in 2013. But it’s not about formal fine dining; the … Continue reading

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The Culpeper – Spitalfields E1

Next to the magnificent Toynbee Hall, on a busy corner of Petticoat Lane and Commercial Street, The Culpeper is a recent refurbishment of an old East End Spitalfields boozer. It’s now a brasserie style gastropub with stripped back oak doors, … Continue reading

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Sodo – Sourdough pizza cafe

Fancy an amazing pizza this weekend? Get yourself to Sodo in Clapton or in the George & Vulture pub in Hoxton (they have a branch in Honor Oak Park – but that’s south of the river!). We went to the … Continue reading

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Mussel Men Sunday seafood roast

This is my kind of Sunday Roast; when the sun is shining and the seaside is calling, Mussel Men in Dalston is the place to eat bucket loads of seafood. Mussel Men offer a short menu – focusing on what … Continue reading

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Lithuanian Zeppelin dumplings

A trip to Lituanica, the Lithuanian supermarket on the High Street this week led to lunch… usually we only stay for a coffee and one of their amazing curd doughnuts. Today I decided to try Cepelinai, the Lithuanian dumplings named … Continue reading

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Rotorino – an Italian night out in Dalston

In a converted old bank on Kingsland Road, Dalston is Stevie Parle’s new East London restaurant. It’s only been open since mid-April but already seems to have developed quite a following. Stevie was the youngest ever chef at The River … Continue reading

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Sumo Fresh – Japanese restaurant & bar, Wanstead

Eating in Satsuma in Soho many years ago, I was introduced to Japanese food and boy was that an experience!  I learned the hard way (crying, coughing and spluttering) that the green lump of plasticine in my Bento box was … Continue reading

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Tayyab’s restaurant – Whitechapel E1

We’ve been saying for ages how much we love Tayyab’s restaurant in Whitechapel. This is our favourite place for tandoori meat grills and we’ve been visiting for years, ever since we first moved to East London. But every time we … Continue reading

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Singburi Thai Cafe – authentic Thai food in Leytonstone

This week we needed a place to eat in Leytonstone on Friday night as we had tickets to watch a friend ‘s performance in Pygmalion with the Woodhouse Players. A quick google search led us to Singburi (Royal) Thai Cafe. … Continue reading

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A find in Leyton – Chinese food in Leyton, Woo Lot

So there we were, hungry and annoyed having just walked down to Bakers Arms one afternoon with the aim of trying out an Indian restaurant which turned out to be firmly closed. We wandered around getting increasingly dismayed at the … Continue reading

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Zahraa – new Indian restaurant in Chingford

We never go to Chingford. It is 10 to 15 minutes drive or bus journey away yet we never go there, how ridiculous is that? We’re still confused by the difference between Chingford Mount, Hatch and North – and I thought … Continue reading

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Istrian traditional dishes – eating out in Pula and beyond

With its Italian, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian influences, Istrian food has rich culinary traditions which are passed down through each generation. Istria, in the north of Croatia, is already hailed as the new Tuscany for foodie travellers. With a bit of … Continue reading

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Gastropub – The Clapton Hart, Clapton, E5

It’s Easter  – and it’s snowing! What is going on? We decided to set off for a walk across the marshes just to get out of the house. We explored through Winns Avenue, along Forest Road and down towards Tottenham Hale intent … Continue reading

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The Hackney Pearl, a local restaurant, bar and coffee shop

There is a lot of noise about this place and we can see why. You won’t stumble upon it as pearls are always hard to find so you need to plan ahead, it is hidden behind factory buildings near Hackney … Continue reading

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Dead Dolls Club – certainly alive and kicking

You know when you really want to go to a new place in London but deep down you realise that ‘you ain’t getting in’, well that seemed to be the case for all my potential birthday choices last week. John … Continue reading

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The Pig & Butcher – Islington

Is someone playing with the weather thermostat? It’s snowing in March when the daffodils are telling me its Spring! But it was one of the foodies birthday this week so we braved the icy weather and headed to Liverpool Road, Islington for a night … Continue reading

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The Rotary Bar & Diner – Shoreditch

We went to the preview evening of this new Old Street restaurant recently, tempted by a 50% discount on the food menu. This is a pop-up which is only going to be open for 10 months. The staff were frantically unpacking boxes, setting the tables … Continue reading

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Il Guscio – pizza restaurant in Clapton E5

We went exploring this weekend outside of the Stow (which meant we felt disloyal so we just had to lunch at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown yesterday). Booked a table at a restaurant I had seen a few times called Parioli, but we … Continue reading

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Friday night burgers

I don’t really know how it happened, but I ended up on Friday night in Westfield Stratford. Not being a lover of escalators or crowds this was not my idea of fun. I was on a quest – the other foodie had asked … Continue reading

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Happy holiday memories – Fish (psari) a la Spetsiota

I remember it clearly. It was dark, quiet and no-one spoke. Six tourists had finally arrived at Kosta – a tiny village on the Greek mainland on our way to the sun-kissed island of Spetses, one of the Greek Saronic … Continue reading

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East African food affair

About ten years ago we went to Zigni House restaurant following a Timeout magazine recommendation, never having tried East African food before. Spicy, unheard of exotic dishes were scooped up with the staple injera bread with its soft, spongy texture … Continue reading

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Spanish menu del dia

While in Lloret de Mar we went in search of the traditional workers lunch, menu de dia. We wanted to go ‘local’ as we didn’t have high expectations of this resort, described by some as the Benidorm of Costa Brava … Continue reading

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