If you want a bite to eat or a few drinks...

15. Dec, 2019

26 Curtain Rd, Hackney, London EC2A 3NY

The venue, which was originally the wonderful Swedish restaurant known as Rök, has now been taken over by Emile and continues to offer top quality produce and affordable prices and does not disappoint.

Apparently a long-term pop up brought to us by the original chefs from Petersham Nurseries and the Drapers Arms and all decked out in a beautiful warming deep blue colour palette, accompanied by warm wooden floors and chunky oversized wooden tables adorned with lovely vintage candlesticks making the interiors feel classy, understated and welcoming.

With a UK meets Europe feeling menu, the food choices were very welcomed, from the delicious home-made bread, the Lincolnshire poacher croquettes, the pan-fried fish, the succulent and mouth-watering Venison Steaks to the exquisite panna cotta & Madagascan vanilla ice cream dessert.

Oh and the wine was very good too, covering a reasonable price range for all wallets.

Pop down whilst it’s still there, we thoroughly enjoyed the space, the food and the service, we would certainly go back! Enjoy.

Website: https://www.emilerestaurant.co.uk/

 

 

15. Dec, 2019

68 Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 3AH

The adorable little Dalston space (it only has two seated tables in each of its windows and limited seating around its central island kitchen table) is open and welcoming, feeling just like you have popped over to a friend in the country’s kitchen at home.

With beautiful smelling herbs hanging down from the ceiling and shelving all around selling wonderful produce, you would be forgiven for thinking you were sitting in the village deli for dinner.

The daily specials are shared on the hand written blackboards and when the food arrives, it is exactly what you would expect, with a homemade feel, rustic presentation and bursting with oodles of delicious flavour.

There’s wood, there’s blown glass, there’s muslin bags, there’s rustic seating, there’s dried flowers, there’s over-sized wooden benches and everywhere you sit you will be privy to their home-made pickling projects.

With stunning rustic global dishes such as roast lamb, pork chops, beautiful salads, seasonal roasted vegetables, baked fish and all things rustic, you will feel humbled and completely full of top-quality produce

With their scribbled blackboard of natural wines, ciders and bubbles the drinks match the food perfectly!

Little Duck is beautifully low-key, relaxed and welcoming, visit and kick-back, chill out eat good food and drink good wine and enjoy the very calming, almost family atmosphere, it’s just a really lovely place.

Website: https://www.littleduckpicklery.co.uk/

 

 

15. Dec, 2019

93 Columbia Rd, Shoreditch, London E2 7RG

Laxeiro is a gorgeous Galician (North West Spain) family run local restaurant found right at the heart of Columbia Road.

Galicia is famous for the quality of its beautiful food, local dishes and delicious wines, especially its Seafood due to its perfect position perched right on the corner of the Atlantic Coast.

Laxeiro’s approach is simplistic dishes done really really-well and they did not disappoint, that’s exactly what we got, fresh, quality ingredients served to perfection, with most of the ingredients sourced directly from Galicia, mixed with some ingredients and local meats directly from East End family run butchers and fishmonger nearby.

The space is small, and very cosy, which makes it adorable and adds to the always buzzy atmosphere, there was even a que to get in when we arrived and within seconds, the place was full, with a waiting list building.

A super popular venue for obvious reasons, with beautiful Tapas choices (chorizo al vino) an amazingly tasty Paella pan for two, yum! And stunning seafood selections such as giant garlic prawns & succulent Octopus (a classic Galician choice).

The all-Spanish wine list, which included delicious Cava went down a treat with the food and all guests seemed very pleased upon their exit. 

Booking is highly advisable, this venue is small and always packed, so book in advance to avoid disappointment and trust us, if you don’t get in, you will be very disappointed. Loved it!

Highly recommended by www.ificould.co.uk

 

 

15. Dec, 2019

58 Peckham Rye, Peckham, London SE15 4JR

This great little local neighbourhood restaurant serves up delicious and generous sized dishes using really good quality seasonal ingredients from their well-balanced menu that changes daily, ranging from Classic Modern British with a twist to wonderful Modern-European treats.

The interiors in Pedlar are classic and neutral with an elongated bar that runs the whole length of the front section dining area, so plenty of space to get that refreshing drink (or three!). With its lived in battered wooden floors, giant animal head mounted on the wall, cosy atmosphere and friendly staff you will feel welcomed and at home the minute you take your chair.

With a large and interesting cocktail and wine lists and a menu packed with tasty mouth-watering and hearty dishes you’re in for a treat, especially if you are hungry, the portions a BIG! We were almost in a food coma when we left, happy and full.

The oversized salads, various delicious meat dishes (the Lamb chops & shepherd’s pie were both amazing!) and the Fish choices and the dessert choices will not disappoint either.

In summary, the staff were wonderful, super helpful and informative, all dishes were delicious and generous and the atmosphere was fun, can’t fault it! 

Website: https://www.pedlerpeckhamrye.com/

 

 

15. Dec, 2019

161 Bellenden Rd, Peckham, London SE15 4DH

Artusi is a simplistically minimalist designed, local neighbourhood restaurant well known for its Italian food, so we really had to check out its hand written blackboard menu choices (No printed menus are shared).

100% Re-claiming Italian pasta as a trendy eating-out choice again, we think Artusi has pulled it off perfectly, the place was packed, and we can’t wait to go back! Good shout!

A small but perfectly formed set of beautifully crafted artisan pasta dishes are offered up daily, making it hard to choose the dishes you prefer, as they all sounded amazing and thankfully all tasted amazing when they arrived too.

Our evening was relaxing and made even more enjoyable by the informative and friendly staff, the relaxed vibe and the exceptional Italian fayre, all served up and shared with pride and love (you can just tell) the cavatelli, ravioli and pappardelle were all exquisite and cooked to perfection, it was all just very pasta perfection.

If you love Italian food, then you are in for a treat, top class Italian dishes at their very best, fabulous Italian wine choices and a taste of classic Italy, you too will be booking your next visit very soon!

Recommended by www.ificould.co.uk 

Website: https://artusi.co.uk/