Broadway Market is known as a gem of East London. The street is filled with unique boutiques, interesting bookstores, and independent grocers that attract people from all over. Visit Broadway Market at the weekend and you’ll also find a market filled with street food, niche stalls, arts and crafts, and up-and-coming designers with original clothing. This list features the exciting dining experiences that truly makes this area of East London a place to visit.
Market, Restaurant, Japanese, Ramen, $$$
Donburi | Courtesy of OKKO
Just off the centre of Broadway Market you’ll find OKKO, a restaurant inspired by the Japanese kitchen. The wood furnishings and simply decorated interior allude to the small local ramen restaurants you find on every bustling corner in Japan, with enough tables to feel busy but not overcrowded. The menu is a selection of comforting, healthy dishes and flavours, with sushi, naked gyoza, ramen and okonomiaki, all at reasonable prices. Visit OKKO for a refreshing break from the world during lunch or dinner and drinks in a modern Asian kitchen right in the middle of London, and be sure to try Salmon Poke with sweet and fresh flavours that will make you want to go back for more.
By combining Japanese and South American influences in the Spanish kitchen, El Ganso has created inspired and adventurous dishes and brought them to London. The vintage-style worn out chairs and tables and the exposed brick wall covered in mirrors all create an ambience that attracts everyone. At El Ganso the curious diner can enjoy an original breakfast menu and a tasty and vibrant tapas menu for lunch and evening meals. Combine your meal with the selections from their wide range of charcuteries for a truly exceptional dining experience. At El Ganso, freshly-sourced ingredients are used daily, treating every step from prep to service with care and respect. Iberico ham, pan-cooked prawns and Spanish cooked Japanese wagyu beef are but a few of the options here.
The Dove | Courtesy of The Dove and Freehouse Kitchen
Having been a member of the Broadway Market community for 20 years, this pub is truly at the heart of the area. Part pub and part restaurant, the venue feels like a series of rooms with differently themed dining areas and atmospheres. It is easy to feel comfortable at The Dove, with its warm lighting and familiar pub dining experience. On the menu you’ll find sourdough-style burgers, British pub classics, and dishes with a Belgian twist, such as the Flemish fish stew and chicken schnitzel burger. Vegetarian options make up almost half the menu and have a variety of flavours and ingredients that rival the other half. The Dove also stocks a wide range of European, Belgian and world beers, and hosts tastings for those interested in learning and trying something new.
Behind the dark green painted windows and frames lies Buen Ayre. It serves up uncomplicated traditional Argentinian cuisine in East London. Delicious food is dressed down to its essential ingredients, in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Although Argentinian food focuses on perfectly grilled meats, you’ll also find tasty vegetable options for lunch and dinner that are just as delicious. Buen Ayre is a small restaurant with delicious food on the pricier side, but offers lunch specials for those curious to try. Enjoy an intimate evening, paired with an Argentinean wine list selected to truly take this dining experience to the next level.
Franco Manca is a chain of pizza restaurants that focuses on sourdough pizza. The unique flavours produced by the wood and brick oven in combination with the flavours of the dough has made these restaurants a steadily growing favourite. On Broadway Market, the restaurant is small but inviting, and can tick all the boxes for delicious pizza, good service, and supreme consistency. There are only six options and two weekly specials on their menu, enough for everyone to find an interesting option. Their pizzas have become local favourites for weekday dining and during the warmer seasons, most guests order pizzas to take to London Fields, only a stone’s throw from the restaurant.
Stories on Broadway Market is synonymous with two things; all-day brunch and cocktails. This is the place to go if you’re a freelancer and need a place to work, or if you want an afternoon to play boardgames and leave the rest of the world on the other side of the door. Stories is a hub for creativity, lending its walls to exhibitions and art installations, and its space for workshops and live music evenings. On the brunch menu you’ll find the B.B.L.T: bacon, black pudding, lettuce and tomato in a brioche bun, and a vegetarian breakfast that will make you sing. On the evening menu, the pulled pork and homemade apple BBQ sauce burger, and the fried chimichurri chicken fillet are two tasty options that stand out from the many others. This is the coolest spot on Broadway Market, and a great place to unwind in general.
When you step into La Bouche — part delicatessen, part café — there is much to experience. The walls are a bold hue of burgundy, with garlic and onions hanging in the windows and select cheeses and meats amongst the shelves of products brought in from all over the world. This magnificent lunch spot has a menu full of treats, from hot or cold sandwiches and salads to cakes and desserts, all made using the products they sell. Tiny wooden tables along the large windows are perfect spots for people-watching, and there is also a long communal table for those who want to take in the atmosphere and work, read, chat or sit for a while. La Bouche is a local favourite, so there is almost always a line to order and one might have to wait before being served, but customers come back time and time again for the quality coffee and excellent food. With spring just around the corner, the seats outside are going to be a treat for any leisurely brunch.
The decor at Bella Vita, and the aroma of pizza and seafood transports you to Italy. The portions are generous and pizzas are large enough to share. Although pizzas are the most popular option, try the risotto or some of their colourful pasta dishes to experience good Italian cooking on Broadway Market. The best part of Bella Vita, however, is the setting. The large glass windows allow guests to dine in natural light during the day, and enjoy the cold spring nights in the warm atmosphere of the restaurant. Once the weather becomes warmer, the glass windows are folded away to allow guests to dine in the open.
Market Cafeinvites the guest into a café that feels like a 60s living room and diner perfectly merged. The iconic walls, along with the mismatched tables and chairs, give the café a relaxed and comfortable feel, perfect for an easy day on Broadway Market. Ideally located, during the day the café fills with sunlight. Market Cafe’s menu is filled with modern European classics, from pancakes with bananas and pecan on their lunch menu, to quinoa salad with spinach and sweet potato for brunch, and corn-fed chicken supreme with rosti and bacon. The menu is nothing if not affordable, the food is tasty and inviting, and their cocktail list and two-for-one specials attract a lot of locals. There is no need for a reservation, but bear in mind that the Market Cafe gets busy on Saturdays and Sundays.