Style Guru and cookbook author Anna Barnett shows us around East London
I’m ten years into my Hackney residency and have seen a serious amount of change to the area. Where good restaurants and pubs where hard to come by, we’re now blessed with an array of places that cater for every whim.
I love the chaotic village vibes that Hackney has, local shops decked out with an abundance of seasonal produce and epic Saturday farmers market that serve up some of my favourite dishes. Here’s my top 10 favourite haunts that I go back to time and time again.
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Lardo – Richmond Road
Not just because it’s walking distance from where I live, but because the simplistic and creative take on Italian cuisine is reliably delicious every time. The pizzas are definitely on the money, as are the side dishes of pickled fennel and peach with prosciutto. The daily specials are actually irresistible, I love the wild board ragu and samphire and garlic breadcrumb spaghetti.
La Tua Pasta – Broadway Market
This is the one stall on Broadway market I’ve been forever faithful to. The spinach and ricotta ravioli with fresh tomato sauce, mounds of parmesan and olive oil (for under £5) is my complete guilty pleasure. Sometimes I’ll sneak this in pre lunch elsewhere so not to miss out on it. They serve up their homemade pasta with everything from crab to wild boar and black truffle.
Mission Mariscos – School Yard next to Broadway market
The fish tacos are the reason to pitch up at this food stall. Don’t forget to help yourself to the homemade salsas, the hot one is particularly good.
Sager & Wilde –Hackney Road
A failsafe if you like your wine and are up for trying a few differnt brews. They have a seriously good selection , and the delicous menu changes frequently.
Pizzas Don’t Cry – Netil Market
A fail safe if you’re after the best freshly made stone baked pizza of your life. Try the Nduja with added Jalapenos and a drizzle of their homemade chilli oil.
Hill & Szrok – Broadway Market
This place is pure meat heaven. Everything is delicious and organically sourced from small, British farms. A butchers by day and restaurant by night, they offer the best cuts of meat and serve them up cooked perfection. The wine list is not bad either. Both Nigella and Jude Law have been the most recent of visitors, and if it’s good enough for them…
Tayyabs – Whitechapel
I celebrated my 18th birthday here and have seen some changes over the years. The sweet shops have gone, but the queues remain. BYO is a great pull for any restaurant, but this place really doesn’t need to offer the extra incentive. Just don’t leave without trying the lamb chops!
Bistrotheque – Wadeson Street
One of my favourite spots for a decent drink and one of the original restaurants to start the food and cocktail craze in East London. It’s a popular hangout with the fashion crowd, and I just love having dinner sat aroind that long rectangular bar.