East London is the place to get some good chow. And Bethnal Green is no slouch in this department. We list some of the best places to get a good meal in this London neighbourhood.
The Interior at Paradise Garage Courtesy of Paradise Garage
The interior of Poco | Courtesy of Poco
For those who believe that food must please the eye as well as the stomach, Paradise Garage could be the right choice. Located in a refurbished railway arch, its white-tiled walls reflect the light of the dangling bulbs in a triumph of industrial-contemporary style. The menu is rich and creative, ranging from snacks to dessert, including organic vegetables and both fish and meat dishes.
The dishes served at Poco spring from travel experiences in Spain, Morocco and Latin America. All the tapas dishes feature seasonal and organic vegetables and fruits, which come from local producers. British brewery Wiper and True have collaborated, to brew beer especially for the restaurant. The chef’s motto is ‘honest food, cooked simply’, so if you are looking for healthy, sustainable meals, this could be the place.
Ink has received some of the best reviews in the area. At this restaurant everything has been stripped back in order to focus on simplicity and pure aesthetic. Minimalist white walls and highly elaborate dishes are evidence to this statement. The 72-hour menu, which needs to be booked 3 days in advance and will be designed especially for you, consists of 7 courses each, accompanied by a chosen wine to match the dishes. The other menu available is the 5-course menu, which is accompanied by two glasses of wine.
Don’t let their website mislead you into thinking Ombra is a simple wine bar; the Italian tradition of ‘aperitivo’ recommends drinking always goes with eating. Authentic regional recipes and products can be found at this little Venetian bar, including stock fish, mussels, cold cuts, cheese and of course, a wide selection of Italian wines.
This restaurant may not be the most wallet-friendly, but the Typing Room is definitely the most charming. Meals use British ingredients but are cooked according to modern European cuisine. The Typing Room offers both seven-course and five-course meals that certainly won’t leave your stomach feeling empty.