If, like us, you are a keen walker - particularly when walking in the direction of somewhere that is going to feed you sensationally charred and spice-tingling jerk chicken and a carrier bag full of plantain - then let us recommend you head toward All Island Grill. The little restaurant in Dalston is neighboured by other Caribbean spots, but this, we think, is the one. There’s enormous hunks of homemade fried chicken, rich oxtail stew, and lots more. The jerk chicken has the kind of char that flakes away, and the chicken is impossibly moist even after a being warmed up. It’s a two person portion that can be effortlessly dispatched by one.
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Mangal 1 Ocakbasi
You can’t really go wrong when it comes to choosing a good Turkish spot in North London, but our favourite is Mangal Ocakbasi.
High Water is a straightforward, always-reliable back-pocket cocktail bar in Dalston that suits pretty much any occasion.
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
The Eastern Curve Garden in Dalston is a beautiful slice of green space in the heart of Dalston. It’s the perfect spot for a big group hang.
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Ochi Caribbean Takeaway
A takeaway-only spot on Uxbridge Road serving Caribbean classics like curry goat and Jamaican patties.
The Finsbury Park branch of the Trinidadian takeaway is an always reliable spot for a quick bite.
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