Lucky & Joy is a Chinese pop-up restaurant that’s taken over the space at Hurwundeki for a couple of months. Expect versions of regional Chinese dishes like cumin lamb ribs, or spicy Bang Bang chicken salad, as well as plenty of sparkling wine and DJs in the evenings. We wouldn’t travel across town for it, but if you hang around East a lot, it’s a good call for an impromptu group dinner.
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E. Pellicci is an old-school classic in Bethnal Green. It’s warm and welcoming, and if you don’t get a Full English breakfast, you did it wrong.
Bistrotheque is a neighbourhood bistro set in an old warehouse, with art projected on the walls and an ambience best described as ‘trendy as fuck’.
The Laughing Heart
Looking for a late night hang close to Bethnal Green and Hackney? Trendy wine bar The Laughing Heart on Hackney Road has you covered.
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A Wong is a Chinese restaurant in Victoria with a reputation for world-beating Chinese food that, while good, doesn’t quite live up to the hype.
Duddell’s is restaurant in a converted church near London Bridge. It’s pricey, but it serves good dim sum, as well as other Cantonese dishes.
Green Papaya Xi’Viet
Green Papaya Xi’Viet is a Vietnamese and Xi’anese hybrid on Kingsland Road that suits any situation, and serves some really good noodle dishes.
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Sager + Wilde Paradise Row
Sager + Wilde’s Bethnal Green outpost brings good wine and Italian eats, and mixes it with railway arch vibes and plenty of outdoor seats for summer.
Morito Hackney Road
The Spanish small plates, the wine and the mood lighting makes you want to be cool enough to hang out at Morito, Hackney Road, all the time.
Tuyo is a Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant on Broadway Market, that’s excellent for a few plates of tapas and a spot of people-watching.
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