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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….

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…

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…

The Pastry Parlour

The Pastry Parlour, E1: Almost Like Paris

By Lynn Reynolds, writer: longtime EastEnder, sometime Bermondseyite. I’m not a fan of cupcakes – I’m much more of a patisserie kind of gal.  But not just any old pain au chocolat or croissant will do. Nope: they’ve got to have the flakiness and flavour you only get with real, honest-to-goodness butter. That’s just one…

Pizza Union

Pizza Union, E1: Speedy, Affordable, Atmospheric

By Lynn Reynolds, writer: longtime EastEnder, sometime Bermondseyite. Pizza Union is my go-to place for some quick sustenance before a bar or pub night, but it’s worth much more of your time. These are seriously good pizzas, and at the time of writing they’re mostly under £6 each. There’s no faffing around here. You decide…

Pilpel Aldgate

Pilpel Aldgate, E1: Toothsome Falafel Deliciousness

By Lynn Reynolds, writer: longtime EastEnder, sometime Bermondseyite. Pilpel does one thing: falafels. And it does them brilliantly. My experience of falafels in London is that they’re too often like miniature cannon balls. So thank providence for Pilpel’s crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside chickpea gems. I knew I’d like Pilpel’s Aldgate branch when their staff started handing out…

Smaka

Smaka, E1: Bottomless Pancake Brunch

By Lynn Reynolds, writer: longtime EastEnder, sometime Bermondseyite. Yes. Swedish restaurant Smaka (‘Taste’) offers a bottomless pancake brunch every weekend. Pancake day is not long behind us, so I feel moved to mention this incredible innovation, even though (how? Why?) I decided not to partake. We (that is, ‘im indoors and I) went for the Swedish…

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