Over the past few years, Shoreditch has become one of the areas of London with the most diverse eating out options. It's here where some of the more unique restaurants are appearing, thriving in an area that (for the moment) is a easier to break into than Soho. There are a lot of unique restaurants out this way - and here's our edit of what we think are the best...
One of the best restaurants in town and one of the few to make it into the World's 50 Best list, The Clove Club is fast becoming a London institution. Head into the main restaurant for a regularly changing set menu which is at the heart of things here - or to the bar for cocktails and nibbles.
Given their popularity as a street food vendor - you could hardly miss the queues for their brisket buns (and the custom-built Texan BBQ smoker was pretty in-your-face too) - it was only a matter of time before David Carter moved the enterprise into a permanent spot. And this smoky, steampunk room in Shoreditch revealed that there was real innovation and creativity behind the macho 'cue look. So while that brisket and pickled chilli bun is never coming off the menu, there are also some gorgeous dishes for vegetarians too - like the coal-roasted aubergine with red miso and toasted cashews.
The original Blanchette was a big hit in Soho, serving up small plates of French cooking. This restaurant has a similar small plates approach as the original, but the menu has expanded to include more influences from South France and North Africa too.
Often referred to as the best Thai food in London, this has been set up by the trio of Andy Oliver, Mark Dobbie and Tom George. They originally gained a huge following at a Climpson's Arch residency before crowdfunding their own spot. Expect great Thai food using the best of British produce.
Rök, which literally means "smoke" in Swedish, are brining, pickling and smoking various British ingredients - with a focus on delivering the kinds of smoked meat dishes, cures, pickles and vegetable dishes that you'd see on tables across Northern Europe.
James Lowe's restaurant at the Tea Building in Shoreditch proved that a restaurant in Shoreditch could gain a Michelin star. After previous success at the Ten Bells, this all-day restaurant showcases his food with a regularly changing menu. They also have lots of special guests popping in from time to time. And they serve a damn fine coffee throughout the day too.
Martin Morales is also behind Ceviche, although this restaurant takes a slightly different approach. It takes its influence from Peruvian ‘picanterias’, traditional family run restaurants serving local people from breakfast through to dinner.
One of London's biggest success stories, Dishoom seems eternally popular. Serving up all manner of Indian small plates, there's just as big a focus on the bar here as the food. Expect to wait for your table at peak times here.
This is a collaboration between Angela Hartnett and Canteen founders, Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone together with head chef Neil Borthwick. It's in a revamped Victorian warehouse which used to host Cantaloupe restaurant. Expect a modern European menu plus a separate bar menu featuring British themed drinks.
If you're after great Vietnamese food in London, then one of the places to head to is Kingsland Road - with some of the best places in town right here. This is the sister restaurant of Cay Tre and a more laid-back vetnamese spot.
The original Hawksmoor, and for many the best. Known as the group that transformed steaks in British restaurants forever for the better, this is a perfect place to come to for a meat-fest. And expect some cracking cocktails too - head to the bar downstairs for those and extra snacks not on the main menu.
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