It’s here! It’s finally here. After the exam period consisted of cloudy skies and minds, it’s time for the hoodies to be put away (far away) and the scent of temporary freedom to be spritzed gloriously on our stressed skin obliterating the impending doom of recommended reading and responsibility. However, we are in England so this freedom will most probably be a fleeting moment of joy, so we might as well enjoy it while we can. And just in case the skies pollute any sign of potential fun prematurely, here is a carefully complied (I say carefully because I couldn’t list 100 of my favourites so have reduced it to 7) list of some great eateries in East London to try if summer seems to take a stormy turn.
£££ – Quite expensive, it’s got to be a nice night out!
££ – More affordable, could become a regular place if you have a well-paid weekend job.
£ – Loving life, nice and cheap!
EFES – Stepney Green
My dreams came true when this Turkish chain landed on Mile End Road! When they first opened, I couldn’t find a way into the door due to their popularity to Stepney residents, students and everyone else. Owned and run by Turkish people, the food is authentic, fresh and delicious, and offers a true Turkish experience by offering traditional coffee and tea to follow your meal and before your desert, the ever famous Baklava.
I recommend: An assortment of the starters and sides, followed by Turkish tea and Baklava.
The Stable – Aldgate East
If there is one place that does pizza right, it’s The Stable. They specialise in Pizza, Pies and Cider, who wouldn’t want that! As a new establishment, they are doing their best to provide the best food and service, and it’s totally working.
I recommend: The “Dorset Street Blues” and the “Get My Goat” pie.
Dirty Burger – Whitechapel
Almost a right of passage for any QM student (other than Dixie Chicken), Dirty Burger has a huge reputation for it’s alternative take on fast food and glorious chicken. It’s also great hangover food as they have a breakfast menu.
I recommend: The Dirty Cop Out and the “Lilly the Pink” cocktail
Sager and Wilde – Paradise Row, Bethnal Green
Now this is a place pretty much for the people cool and smart enough to have a part-time job while studying as it’s quite a pricey meal, however, the food is astronomical to say the least. They have a set menu that changes weekly so this place is not for the fussy-eater.
I recommend: Any of their cocktails and wine.
Sweet – Stepney Green
Blessing the streets of Stepney Green, Sweet is Stepney’s version of Whitechapel’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream. It’s pretty much everything it says in the title, it sells sweet treats like Fudge sundaes and plenty of Nutella! It does get pretty busy so try to get there early or there is a risk of having to wait for a table while watching others tuck into their melted chocolate treats. In another case, there is also a takeaway menu so that you can enjoy their food in the comfort of your own home.
I recommend: Either the Fudge sundae or the lemon sorbet.
The Horn of Plenty – Stepney Green
Partially new, this renovated small and independent pub lies on the residential Globe road. They offer a typical pub experience (juke-box included) and great tunes to accompany the relaxed feel of the pub. They offer great food as their in-house kitchen provides meat, veggie and vegan options so everyone is included. In addition to this, they hold pub quizzes, monthly competitions and board games! For the serious foodie, their Sunday roast is a must-try and includes a vegetarian option too.
I recommend: Hummus and Pepper wrap and Big Wave beer (beer for summer!)
Nosteagia – Shoreditch
The ultimate East London summer place to go. Nosteagia offers customers the popular bubble tea in a variety of assorted flavours. However, it’s not just the tea that makes it stand out, their take on Chinese egg waffles prove that independent businesses can thrive just as easily as commercial ones. They build entire worlds out of their waffles, adding funky and non-traditional flavours of ice-cream topped with innovative combinations of cereal, chocolate treats etc.
I recommend: As they have weekly specials, try any of them that catch your eye and commit!
Approach these with caution as overeating may cause obsession, a rich waistline, poor bank account and a diagnosis of being a food-a-holic. Of course you could always put your feet up and order a takeaway to avoid actually getting dressed and out of bed, but that’s just a normal Friday night for me so of course I prefer that.