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My Old Place northern Chinese restaurant

My Old Place, E1: Hearty Northern Chinese

By Peng Hui Lee, Eastender in more ways than one (east end of London, east end of the planet). My Old Place is a busy, bustling restaurant close to Liverpool Street, serving food from northern China. It’s totally different from your usual Chinese takeaway. The dishes are highly seasoned, often spicy (with chilli), and they’re delicious….

Yauatcha City - dim sum basket with side dishes & condiments

Yauatcha City, EC2: Afternoon Tea, Upgraded

By Lynn Reynolds, writer: longtime EastEnder, sometime Bermondseyite. Yauatcha City does amazing lobster noodles and fabulously moreish cocktails, but did you know this elegant European-Asian fusion restaurant also excels when it comes to afternoon tea? Consider yourself told. And next time you have a free Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, make sure you book yourself in…

The Brown Bear - Outside Shot

The Brown Bear, E1: Old School Thai

By Lynn Reynolds, writer: longtime EastEnder, sometime Bermondseyite. The Brown Bear has way more highly-buffed brass than any pub I’ve seen for years, and it’s also blessed with some classy original architectural features. It’s a low-key, peaceful place with friendly staff and a decent selection of beers, including craft beer in bottles and cans. But…

Burro e Salvia - Exterior Shot

Burro e Salvia, E2: Pasta Made Perfect

By Lynn Reynolds, writer: longtime EastEnder, sometime Bermondseyite. Anyone who knows me also knows I’m routinely underwhelmed by Italian restaurants, so when I say that Burro e Salvia is well worth a visit, consider it high praise indeed. Peek through the cute chicken-and-egg window displays and you’ll see skilled artisans making fabulous fresh pasta, but…

Goodman's Field - Interior With Blue Tiles

Goodman’s Field, E1: Something For Everyone

By Lynn Reynolds, writer: longtime EastEnder, sometime Bermondseyite. It’s ironic that in my part of the east end of London, fish and chips is so hard to find. That’s why I’m glad that Goodman’s Field, my local (and newly refurbished) JD Wetherspoon’s pub, does such a reliably satisfying version. Fish is always a thick, juicy…

Black Sheep Coffee - Leman Street Coffee Shop

Black Sheep, E1: Unorthodox, Ambrosial Coffee

By Lynn Reynolds, writer: longtime EastEnder, sometime Bermondseyite. Black Sheep’s Leman Street coffee shop may be overhung by the faceless bulk of Aldgate Tower, but that’s no reflection on the quality of their brew. I first encountered Black Sheep Coffee at the London Coffee Festival about four years ago, and was so struck by the…

Yuu Kitchen

Yuu Kitchen, E1: Asia-Pacific Manga

By Peng Hui Lee, Eastender in more ways than one (east end of London, east end of the planet) This lively bar and restaurant on Commercial Street serves delicious small plates with flavours inspired by Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim. We ordered crispy soft shell crab bao (Taiwanese steamed bun sandwiches), Satay tofu, salt and pepper…

28 Church Row - Exterior Shot

28 Church Row, NW3: Discreet Iberian Charm

By Lynn Reynolds, writer: longtime EastEnder, sometime Bermondseyite. Descend the steps into 28 Church Row, and you immediately enter into a different, more charming world. It’s more charming than even the habitual discreet appeal of Hampstead would suggest. Believe me – that’s charming. Iberian and Italian small plates is what this restaurant does, and they’re…

Sagardi London Restaurant Interior

Sagardi, EC2: Rugged Basque Delights

By Lynn Reynolds, writer: longtime EastEnder, sometime Bermondseyite. At Sagardi, sublime flavours wash over you like Atlantic waves on a rocky shore. Chef Iñaki López de Viñaspre calls himself an anthropologist specialising in food, and his Shoreditch establishment serves up cultural adventure along with culinary creativity. The speciality of the house is Txuleton, meat from oxen…

HKK

HKK, EC2: Refined Chinese Cuisine

By Peng Hui Lee, Eastender in more ways than one (east end of London, east end of the planet) This high-end restaurant is the flagship of the Hakkasan chain, and serves gourmet Chinese food in elegant surroundings. It’s not cheap, but they have some excellent Saturday afternoon deals, notably the Duck and Champagne menu. The centrepiece…

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