The Best Restaurants In East London
East London’s restaurant scene is home to eateries in the ‘worlds 100 best restaurants’ list, traditional and modern Japanese cuisine, the UK’s highest restaurant, secret brunch spots, institutions dating back to 1869, five level Georgian town house diners and infamous steak bistros.
One of the restaurants in question (Dishoom) even houses a giant replica of Bombay’s famous Victoria Terminus timepiece.
And who doesn’t love a giant clock.
So, with no further ado, behold:
St John | Ranked 55th in Restaurant Magazine’s 100 best restaurants in the world. Ranked in no particular position in The Nudge’s best restaurants in East London. We know which accolade we’d have on our website… | St John St, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4AY
Sushi Tetsu | One word: omakase. Entrust the chef. | Jerusalem Passage, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JP
Foxlow | Foxlow’s large open kitchen serves up a relaxed and varied menu of slow-smoked meats, seafood, and gooey soft-serve sundaes alongside a brimful salad bar. | St John St, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4AN
Sushisamba | Perched atop the Heron Tower, Sushisamba combines Japanese fusion cuisine with incredible city views and 3am Friday and Saturday opening hours. In case you want a really early breakfast. | Heron Tower, Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
The Clove Club | The Clove Club combine frequently overlooked ingredients in their set restaurant menu of innovative British food. Call them beforehand to find out what’s on offer, or for a chat – the staff are friendly. | Shoreditch Town Hall, Old St, EC1V 9LT
POND Dalston | You: Hmm, I wonder what impeccable, good quality Hawaiian food tastes like. POND Dalston: You know, we can help you with that one… | Unit G2, Stamford Works, Gillett Street, N16 8JH
Dishoom | A selection of traditional Parsi appetisers and modern South Bombay street-grills in tantalising share plates. And a giant clock. | Boundary St, Shoreditch, E2 7JE (& Stable Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4AB)
Duck and Waffle | Duck and Waffle is the UK’s highest 24-hour very modern European floor to ceiling windowed restaurant. It’s also the UK’s highest restaurant, period. | Heron Tower, Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Rochelle Canteen | One of London’s best-kept lunch spot secrets. Enter via a buzzer, where the day-only modern European canteen lies tucked away in the walled courtyard of an old Shoreditch school. | Rochelle School, Greater Arnold Circus, E2 7ES
The Quality Chop House | The Quality Chop House is a dining room, wine bar, butchery and butchers shop that has opened for lunch and dinner since 1869. Or, you could just call it an institution. | Farringdon Rd, Finsbury, EC1R 3EA
Bird of Smithfield | Laid out over a five level Georgian townhouse, Bird of Smithfield includes a classically styled dining room, bar, basement cocktail saloon, private dining room and a roof terrace overlooking the old Smithfield market. | Smithfield St, Clerkenwell, EC1A 9LB
Goodman City | A British version of a New York grill owned and run by a Russian, Goodman restaurants are the most unsuspecting recipe for success since frozen peanut parfait with raspberry coulis… which is quite a coincidence. | Old Jewry, St Paul’s, EC2R 8DU
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