Dining Out In East London
The eastern part of the capital has some delectably fine places at which to dine. From gastropubs to smart bistros and formal restaurants, East London has it all. Furthermore, the rich and diverse cultural heritage of this part of London is also very well represented by the huge variety of cuisines on offer. If you can think of a global cuisine, then you can probably find some eatery or another in East London that will serve it up for you.
This area of East London, in close proximity to the City of London, is well catered for by good restaurants. A typical example would be Brawn, situated on Columbia Road. The menu is French and - as the name suggests - the accent is on meat. Expect sausages and cheaper cuts on the menu as well as the better known dishes. There are also touches of other cuisines that you can find, including an excellent Slovenian orange wine, which goes very well with duck.
Just around the corner on Old Street is Boqayo which serves traditional Moroccan food. There are regular belly dancers who perform here, usually on a Friday evening. For a restaurant this close to central London, the prices are a pleasant surprise. Try their seafood tagine, which is served with succulent green olives. They have a lunch menu and a tapas menu as well as the option to go à la carte.
Pizza East - on Shoreditch High Street - is a surprisingly good Italian eatery. It is certainly not a typical pizzeria. There are a good range of other choices in addition to pizza, and the wine menu is not bad at all. The veal meatballs, served with cream and prosciutto, are particularly flavoursome.
Brick Lane is one of the best places you could go for Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisine anywhere in the UK. Chillies Restaurant offers a modern Indian dining experience in up-to-date, not to say trendy, surroundings. The seafood curries here are particularly worth seeking out.
Meraz Café, just off Brick Lane on Hanbury Street near to the former Truman Brewery site, is a gem. It has been going strong since it first opened its doors in 1974. The menus alter between lunch and dinner, but expect traditional Benagli style cuisine and the occasional special.
Curry Bazaar sits in the middle of Brick Lane. Here you will get a superb choice of all of the popular Indian curries so loved by the British. Along with the favourites, there are regular Bangladeshi specialties and dishes that come from further afield, like Ceylon.
Although East London's best park does not have a restaurant in it, several excellent places to dine out can be found close by, making it a bit of a dining hotspot. A good example is Palmers Restaurant on Roman Road. The food here is modern and the fish dishes are of a particularly high standard. The father and son team that run the place insist on sourcing all of their fish from Billingsgate Market. This is a real family dining experience where you feel at home instantly.
Thai Room Restaurant, on Grove Road, is heralded as one of the best Asian restaurants in the area. The setting is smart and up-to-date, but it's the food that really sets it apart. The prettily presented dishes include some excellent curries, with the panang-style curry especially worth seeking out.
On the north side of Victoria Park is Su Sazzagoni, a great Sardinian trattoria-style eatery. It operates as a coffee bar in the day, but during the evening expect some very high quality pizza making. The pappardelle al ragu' di cinghiale, or egg pasta noodles with wild boar ragu, is particularly celebrated. You can go à la carte or choose a set menu, if preferred.
Companies operating out of Shoreditch or another business area of East London are spoiled for choice when it comes to entertainment options for clients or staff.