Of all the restaurants in Shoreditch and Spitalfields, these are – if not the best (which is of course a matter of opinion, as opposed to fact) – certainly our favourites.
So take a seat, tuck a napkin into the front of your shirt, pick up a knife and fork…
…and dig in.
Another award-hogging, warehouse-esque, tasting menu restaurant, Lyle’s combines whitewashed walls with poured concrete floors and lets the daily changing menu and friendly staff do all the talking. And you’d do well to listen.
Details: Open Mon – Sat | Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
The creation of Martin Morales (founder of Ceviche in Soho), Andina’s inspired by the picanterias that pepper the Andes: local, traditional restaurants serving up healthy Peruvian fare in the sort of rustic Andean homes that have inspired the cosy interiors at this place.
Expect a menu made up of Peruvian dishes like quinoa burgers; ceviche; a crispy chicken casserole known as Aji De Gallina, and a Pachamanca-style 240g T-bone steak that’s marinated for 24 hours before grilling.
Details: Open daily | 1 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
Rumour has it that you’d like to eat tika basa fillet with infused yogurt and black pepper crumble while sipping rich Indian-inspired cocktails like chilli martinis and sky blue Bombay coladas inside a bustling, dimly-lit Irani café…
Which is quite the coincidence…
Because in a twist of fate and happy chance, that’s exactly what Dishoom Shoreditch – a grand Bombay inspired modern Indian café, restaurant and cocktail lounge serving an all day collection of traditional parsi and modern South Bombay street food share plates – can provide.
Details: Open daily | 7 Boundary Street, E2 7JE
4. The Clove Club
Taking up residence in Shoreditch Town Hall, the former supper club has made a name for itself as one of the best restaurants on planet Earth, let alone in Shoreditch. It’s all modern British tasting menus (5 or 9 courses), and trust us – you want to go there.
Details: Open Mon – Sat | 380 Old Street, EC1V 9LT
5. Pizza East
The Shoreditch (and Eastern) iteration of Pizza East is one of three in London. Set within the landmark Tea Building, the industrial-looking restaurant uses large communal dining tables and makes a feature of stripped wooden floorboards and concrete pillars. The pizzas themselves are all Neapolitan style (dough raised overnight, then flash-cooked for 90 seconds) and there’s also an aptly named “Concrete Bar” downstairs, which provides a darker and louder venue in which to explore the cocktail and wine menu.
Details: Open daily | 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
6. On The Bab
On the Bab actually means ‘served with rice’, which many of the things at this Korean restaurant are. The place is constantly busy and buzzing, mostly thanks to the fact that they have some of the best Korean fried chicken in the country, alongside Bab Twigim (Korean-style arancini) and Kimchi Jeon (pancakes), and all washed down with ice-cold K-beers.
Details: Open daily | 305 Old Street, EC1V 9LA
7. Burro e Salvia
Pastificio translates as ‘pasta factory’ and that’s exactly what Burro e Salvia is. Creating fresh handmade pasta on a daily basis and providing workshops for novices, their signatures include a beef, pork, and spinach filled ravioli served in a butter and sage sauce.
Details: Open daily except Wednesdays | 52 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP
8. The Princess of Shoreditch
Not to be confused as a relative of the Queen of Hoxton, the Princess is an entirely more refined affair. There’s been a pub on the site since 1742 but not ‘til recent years has it become the polished gastro joint you’ll see there today. The ground floor provides a relaxed pub-like vibe, while a trip up a rather precarious metal spiral staircase reveals a more formal dining experience. Regal indeed.
Details: Open daily | 76-78 Paul Street, EC2A 4NE
9. 8 Hoxton Square
Sister restaurant to the excellent 10 Greek Street, this easterly venue does all the same things right: the menu changes daily and provides uncomplicated seasonal dishes such as shallot tart tatin and duck confit with chicory; the atmosphere is casual, with black leather bench seating and minimal décor; and the wine list is impressively extensive.
Details: Open daily | 8 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
10. Jones Family Project
Keeping up with the Jones’ now includes owning a slick steak house just minutes from Old Street station. Stylishly decked out with brightly coloured uniform chairs, grey walls and a green tiled bar, the menu-fillers are almost entirely supplied by The Ginger Pig, with each piece of meat is at least 28 day dry-aged and cooked on a Josper grill.
Details: Open daily | 78 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JL
Main image: Dishoom
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