Over the past decade, Shoreditch has become one of the areas of London with the most diverse eating out options. It's here where some of London's more unique restaurants have appeared, thriving in an area that is a little less expensive to break into than central London. Here's our edit of what we think are the best...
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.
This is the Shoreditch outpost of the Blacklock group - which has become famous for its piles of chops, cooked over fire. It's also great value for money - and that includes the cocktails. This East London branch also has a large bar area.
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.
Former Kitty Fisher's chef Tomos Parry's solo venture features a mix of cooking on fire, Welsh and Basque cuisine, and a big focus on wine. It became an instant hit - and it doesn't hurt that the dining room is quite lovely too.
Part shop/part restaurant, Shoreditch’s Burro e Salvia makes incredible pasta on site every day. You can take it away to cook yourself at home or take a seat up at the pasta counter and let them do the work for you. There’s a small menu of fresh pasta and antipasti that changes regularly, and if you fancy learning the secrets of great pasta making for yourself, they also run regular workshops.
Award-winning chicken street food trader made its move from street food to bricks and mortar with the opening of this, their first place, in Shoreditch. Their fried buttermilk chicken sandwiches are the bomb.
Just off Kingsland Road, in an area with some excellent Vietnamese cooking, Cay Tre is held out to be one of the very best in London. Their pho is an obvious attraction here, but there's a broad menu of authentic Vietnamese cooking. (And you can pop across the street to try their Banh Mi shop Keu too.)
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.
The Big Mamma group in Paris have had huge hits with their trattorias and now they're in London with Gloria, in a big space in Shoreditch. Expect Italian food in a classic looking space (as well as a hidden 80s-set dining room) and a buzzy vibe.
Gunpowder serves Indian small plates just around the corner from Spitalfields Market. It's run by Harneet Baweja, who was an Indian entrepreneur who wanted to bring something different to the scene. The dishes on their menu are inspired by those that the team grew up with.
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.
From their simple start on a Maltby Street stall to their permanent digs on Bethnal Green Road, Lahpet are introducing Londoners to the delights of Burmese food.
Small plates, sharers and snacks are on the menu here, at this venture from the team who ran Michelin-starred Hackney restaurant Ellory. Now they're Shoreditch-based with a more laid back venture that features their own Vermouth and wines.
James Lowe's restaurant at the Tea Building in Shoreditch proved that a restaurant in Shoreditch could gain a Michelin star. This all-day restaurant showcases his food with a regularly changing menu. Look out for special guests popping in from time to time. And they serve a damn fine coffee throughout the day.
Situated in a revamped Victorian warehouse this Shoreditch spot is all about the super seasonal, with a regularly changing menu that combines European influences with British produce. There's a large bar area too that doesn't get too packed, making it a godsend in these parts.
Selin Kiazim originally won lots of fans during her stint at Kopapa. Her own restaurant focuses on Turkish Cypriot cooking and was designed to reflect her "bustling eating times as a child." There's a lot cooked on the mangal grill and a Turkish wine menu from partner Laura Christie.
This Italian restaurant is from chef Jonathan Lawson, who has worked with Theo Randall for five years and has opened his own place, with cuisine described as Italian with a touch of Moorish and Spanish.
This is the original Rochelle Canteen, from chef Margot Henderson and business partner Melanie Arnold, and has been held up by almost every chef in London as one of the best places to eat at in town. Expect classic, seasonal cooking from Henderson. It's a little on the hard side to find - but well worth it.
Grupo Sagardi was founded years ago in Barcelona. This is their first UK restaurant and it's all about showcasing the best produce from Basque farms and its coast, all flown in daily from San Sebastian. The steak is a big deal.
Given their popularity as a street food vendor - you could hardly miss the queues for their brisket buns - 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. While their brisket and pickled chilli bun is never coming off the menu, there are also some gorgeous dishes for vegetarians.
The first Smoking Goat in Soho, and the follow up Kiln have both been huge hits so it was only to be expected that the larger Shoreditch branch would do well to. Whether you're sitting up at the counter or enjoying a group meal with friends, enjoy a range of Thai dishes that change depending on produce and a lot of Thai BBQ 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. "Regional Thai food with uncompromising flavours" is what they promise.
The Shoreditch outpost of the St John empire is almost like a finishing school for London chefs. This restaurant is the beating heart of seasonal British cooking in London and has spread that influence all over the UK. A cracking place for a weekend breakfast too.
Jackson Boxer and his chef and partner Andrew Clarke have a fire and ice focus for their new Shoreditch restaurant with an ice bar for raw fish and shellfish and open hearth cooking for meat and vegetables.
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 now a London institution, on the must-try lists of all good gastro tourists. 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.
Adam Handling's Frog empire continues in Hoxton. This sees the original Frog restaurant move to a bigger location in Hoxton Square - chicken butter and all his other classics intact. And, in addition to that, this restaurant also has a bar space called Iron Stag with cocktails that feature Handling's touches too.
The team behind The Clove Club are behind this restaurant, helping American chef Chase Lovecky open his first solo venture. American cuisine is at the heart of the menu - but with a specifically modern take.
If you're after great Vietnamese food in London, then one of the places to head to is Kingsland Road with a huge selection of restaurants. This one stands out though, as the sister restaurant of Cay Tre and with something of a more laid-back vibe.
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