Dalston is an area thriving with creativity and originality and that's definitely reflected in the abundance of great restaurants and cafes in this popular north east London area. The eclectic range of eateries means that whatever type of food you fancy, you’re likely to find it in Dalston. Mexican, Turkish, American and British Gastropubs are just the tip of the iceberg in this trendy part of town. Here’s our guide to the ten best restaurants in Dalston.
From the typography used on the window frosting through to the menu, owner of Ruby's (also in Dalston) has managed to refurbish the Cat and Mutton, with the result being (pleasingly) less mutton and more cat. Quail Scotch Eggs are the pick of the starters and mains include Steak Sandwiches, Grilled Mackerel on Toast and Burgers with thrice-cooked chips.Address: 76 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ
Lardo is a new and modern Italian restaurant that can be found towards London Fields. Sharing platters, seafood pizzas and sumptuous desserts can be expected in this eatery/charcuterie.Address: 205 Richmond Road, London, E8 3NJ
This little hole-in-the-wall café with the catchy (yet slightly long) name is pretty easy to miss with its lack of outdoor signage, a chalkboard with its name is the only indication it's there. Head inside for some great food from brunch through to dinner. You can get a good old bacon sandwich to lunch dishes influenced by world foods as well as great homemade cakes and coffee.Address: 464 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE
Arriba arriba! If you fancy spicing up your food-life a little then this place will do the job. This tapas bar brings in influences from all over the world; Mexican and Brazilian food represent the spice whilst there are also some European dishes. You can get eight dishes for £8.50, great value for money!Address: 2 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, London, N16 7XN
Le Bun at Three Compasses
Le Bun, who won Sky 1’s “Launching People” food category recently, currently (November 2014) have a residency in Three Compasses. Their food is a twist on American/French Street food so expect tender pulled meats in brioche buns. ‘Taco Tuesdays’ and ‘Steak Frites’ Wednesday add to the already taste-packed menu.Address: 99 Dalston Lane, London, E8 1NH
Sticking with the popular American style of cooking, eating and drinking is the ultra-trendy Duke’s. Home to its own beer, Beavertown Brewery, you’ll find a wealth of craft beers from the UK and the US. Food is meaty and wholesome but the pick of the menu is Southern-American dish Gumbo, giving a true taste of the Deep South and showing these guys aren’t just about slow-cooked meat slapped in two slices of bread!Address: 33 Downham Road, De Beauvoir Town, London N1 5AA
Voodoo Ray’s is a funky pizza joint frequented by fashionable types who like to eat on-the-fly Sopranos style. This pimpin’ pizzeria sells New York-style pizzas by the slice so you can do that walkin’ talkin’ foldin’-your-pizza-in-half NY style strut, if you like.Address: 95 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB
White Rabbit in Dalston is a restaurant with a unique philosophy – the gist of it is that they want to create contemporary dishes using modern and classic methods without having standard classic dishes as we already know them. For example, you won’t find Moules Mariniere here, but you will find Mussels in beer. MmmmmAddress: 15-16 Bradbury St, London N16 8JN
Sub Cult serve Anglo-American food in Broadwick Street Soho and The Duke of Wellington. They claim to put the ‘Soul in your roll!’ It’s so much more than burger and hot dogs though, with my pick of the menu being the ‘Sub-Marine’; Seared King Scallop, Crispy Smoked Bacon, Minted Pea Salsa, and Lemon and Parsley Mayo, POW!Address: The Duke of Wellington, 119 Balls Pond Road, London N1 4BL
Ever fancied eating Ottoman-inspired Turkish dishes in a cave with the occasional belly dancer fluttering past? I know I have (who hasn't?!), and this restaurant is a little dose of Turkish delight on the competitive Kingsland High Street. Turkish breakfasts are a joy and these guys serve traditional breakfasts as well as lunch and dinner dishes influenced by Turkish cooking. Ambience is important here and the food is complemented by cave-like stone walls, lanterns, dancers and music.Address: 111 Kingsland High Street, Dalston E8 2PB
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