East Londoners are the most picky in the world when it comes to Fish and Chips, so when you see a place with a queue outside everyday, you can be sure it’s good! Why not stop by Britannia Fish Bar? Our local Fish Bar is 100% typical, their price are fair, the portion are huge (you can definitely share a big one with an other person, bare in mind that Britannia is only take-away) and to be frank that’s not too bad! Quick, easy and fresh cod and chips! And the best part is that it’s only 2 minutes away from Park Villa’s gate 🙂
Lahore Kebab House is an other London institution serving authentic Pakistani food. A place of pilgrimage for all the curry lovers! This is a very busy place with great atmosphere. You might be scared by the crowd but the service is quick, there’re dozens of waiters, hundred tables, dozens of cooks (which you can see in action through a large window). Famous for their lamb chops, currys and pretty much everything else.
Located in Whitechapel, Tayyabs is one other East-london institution. Much-loved Punjabi restaurant serving aromatic, and spicy dishes. Should be on the bucket list of everyone living in the capital. From its original premises in a small café, it has gradually swallowed up the pub next door. If you come here expecting a relaxing evening, cheery service or an intimate atmosphere, you’ll be disappointed: this is a full-on, massive, hectic, loud, in-and-out sort of place. ( Don’t plan your date there!)
Don’t even think to go there without booking, except if you want to queue during 30 min.
The menu is simple but perfectly executed and BYO keeps the costs down. (Don’t forget to order their buttery nans.)
Buzzy destination for Indian street food in Bombay-style digs with vintage decor & eclectic touches. Book in advance otherwise you might need to wait for a table for hours. But if you are patient enough it’s worth it. Lots of flavours in a really nice atmosphere. The food is modern and served like tapas.
Dishoom is good for breakfast and it’s less crowded. It’s also good to know that they have good vegetarian options. Shoreditch, Soho, Kings Cross, Kensington and even Edinburg have their own Dishoom. (but each of them are quite different)
The Crown is a two-floored pub with beer garden, outdoor terraces and quirky, vintage-inspired styling. You will love the over-view on the park in both winter and summer. Their staff is friendly and will make you feel welcomed.
10 minutes away from Mile End station, the pub faces the entrance of Victoria Park and it’s a good way to take a break from the city. Go there for the view and the atmosphere, grab some ales and/or a glass of wine, a cup of fries and here you go!
In the heart of Victoria Park Village The Fish House is an affordable place to eat a casual fish and chip. Most locals opt for carry-outs, but if you choose the restaurant you’ll get a more creative menu, where mains of grilled swordfish with a fragrant salsa, or pan-fried hake fillet with chorizo and butter beans, could precede a classic English pud (banana split, bread and butter pudding). You can’t go wrong with fish from the white-tiled takeaway section; choose from cod, scampi, haddock, rock, plaice or skate, generously battered and deep-fried.
Do you really want to experience East-London ? Well first, you better stop going in over-priced touristic ‘traditional’ places and start by the real places! G Kelly Pie and Mash is an old school white-tiled cafeteria for East End classic dishes, pie and mash and jellied eels. That’s is a true east-enders restaurant, don’t expect colourful or well-designed plates but something authentic. Not everyone will enjoy the east-ender service but we are talking about real experience.
Ariana is a truly charming restaurant offering a wide range of delicious traditional Persian and Afghan dishes. The restaurant is in the centre of Mile End, and Ariana’s terrace is seating right in Mile End Park. It’s definitely the to go place for an exclusive relaxed lunch. I always recommend that restaurant to our guest eager to try asian food (away from the crowd) and remind them to order some home made bread on side (don’t miss it!). Their menu will provide you generous proportion for a really affordable price.
So far I can’t remember anyone who was not totally pleased by their cuisine.
A London institution. Beigel Bake is 24-hour bakery known for traditional Jewish-style filled bagels such as salt beef and smoked salmon. Are you going out in Shoreditch? Beigel Bake is the perfect take away before and after hangover. Nothing glamorous or trendy (that is the best part!) about the place but definitely the best bagels I’ve ever tried in London. If you are in East London with less than £5 in your pocket and pass by Brick Lane this is the place for you!