French // Brick Lane
I love this restaurant. Intimate and elegant Parisian bistro-style restaurant - the perfect date spot. A fusion of traditional French delicacies combined with the flavours of North African cuisine. Grab the table by the window to watch the buzz of Brick Lane go by outside.
204 Brick Lane, E1 6SA
Based in the heart of Spitalfields, this little gem has a beautiful covered garden filled with plants and wooden tables. A small but creative menu of Modern European food. (Apparently the breakfast/brunch menu is worth a try too!)
65A Brushfield St, E1 6AA
Mediterranean // Columbia Road
Despite living 30 seconds from this restaurant, it took me months to figure out the name due to the signless exterior. The decor is simple with beautiful high ceilings, white-painted brick, plain wooden tables and large windows. Quality ingredients, well thought out menu and a relaxed atmosphere - what more could you want?!
49 Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG
Vietnamese // Hoxton
Kingsland Road is one of the best spots to head if you fancy proper Vietnamese food. BúnBúnBún is a small restaurant and usually packed (good sign!). Tables are squeezed tightly together but the food is authentic and with bold flavours. The service can be a bit slow especially when busy but a great and lively atmosphere.
134B Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DY
Italian // Columbia Road
This tiny rustic restaurant is a few minutes from where I live. Also doubles up as a good breakfast spot and during the flower market on Sunday you'll be fighting for a table. However, during the rest of the week this quiet spot serves some of the best pasta I have had in London.
23 Ezra Street, London, E2 7RH
Modern European // Bethnal Green
One of my favourite interiors in London and one you will most likely have seen on Instagram. The Corner Room is located within the grand Town Hall Hotel but offers a more casual, intimate dining affair. Offering a small but seasonal and creative menu at a reasonable price!
American // Shoreditch
The interior is stunning (and definitely my favourite of their locations), with plush velvet chairs, pendent ball lighting and one of the most beautiful bars in Shoreditch. American style food - expect meat-heavy dishes and the breakfast menu will definitely have you breaking your diet with the Banana Toblerone-tella Waffles (could there be a better mix?!)
1 Club Row, Shoreditch, E1 6JX
Turkish // Angel
Okay Okay, I know Angel does not really count as East London but had to include this gorgeous Middle Eastern restaurant on my list. It is so popular that they now have three individual locations on the same strip of road!. The busy interior is filled with terracotta painted walls, fabulous hanging lamps and walls covered in framed prints. This family run business servers food that is full of flavour. Recommend the falafels!
120 Upper St, London, N1 1QP
Tapas // Hackney Road -
Drawing influence from Southern Spain, the Mediterranean and North Africa, Morito's menu is creative and will have you struggling to narrow down your plates. Try a bit of everything from deep fried cuttlefish, to braised pork cheeks and cretan salad.
195 Hackney Rd, E2 8JL
Mediterranean // Spitalfields -
A deli/restaurant hybrid perfect for any meal. The window is always full of colourful salads and pastries making it hard to not stop when walking past! The menu is based on Yoram Ottolenghi's native Israeli background and combined with a Mediterranean and Middle East flavours and ingredients which results in a unique and delicious menu! A relaxed dining atmosphere, with take-away also available.
50 Artillery Lane, E1 7LJ
BBQ // Shoreditch -
Having sourced the best smoker from Texas, David Carter has swapped fine dining to bring the best barbecued meat to London. After it's huge success as a street food stall in Dinerama, Smokestak has found a new home just off Brick Lane. Brisket, ribs, pastrami... a must visit for meat lovers!
35 Sclater Street, E16lb
Pizza // Hoxton, Bethnal Green, Clapton + Walthamstow
Definitely up there with the best pizza in London - a go to for my friends and I when feeling too lazy to cook! Delicious sourdough bases, fresh seasonal toppings and a great selection of drinks including my new favourite, orange wine. Really affordable!