Restaurant Reviews

Review: Number 90 – Hackney Wick

Review: Number 90 – Hackney Wick

Hackney Wick is cool. Well, we all know that. I was just reminded recently as I cycled through it, en route to one of the many new gastronomic hot spots in the area. It was one of the warmest Sundays we’ve had so far this year and I kept having that fuzzy, wonderful feeling of […]








 

Restaurant Review: Ivy’s Mess Hall – Dalston

Restaurant Review: Ivy’s Mess Hall – Dalston

Oh dear East London there is no end to your gastronomic surprises. As I headed down to another culinary adventure on Kingsland Road I was somewhat apprehensive about what I was going to experience. As you know, Dalston is rammed full of new restaurants, bars, cafes and pop ups, and while a lot of the […]








 

Bar Review: Little Red Staircase, Shoreditch

Bar Review: Little Red Staircase, Shoreditch

The Little Red Staircase capitalizes on the Hackneyite’s – and by extension the Shoreditchised Londoner’s – fondness for the strip of homely, inexpensive and frankly delicious Vietnamese eateries that line the Kingsland Road. And when I say capitalize, I mean capital ‘S’ for Saigon, as in the barely postcolonial feel of this ‘micro’ cocktail bar […]








 

Creperie du Monde – Parisian Street Food with World Influences

Creperie du Monde – Parisian Street Food with World Influences

  Whether you agree with The Guardian’s assessment of Chatsworth Road as the ‘frontline of Hackney’s gentrification’ or find it to be grossly unfair, glib labeling, misleading and unhelpful, one thing is clear: there are fewer greater manifestations of the change in the atmosphere of the borough in general than the continental influence on our […]








 

Restaurant Review: Sheba – Restores One’s Faith in Banglatown

Restaurant Review: Sheba – Restores One’s Faith in Banglatown

A Londoner’s healthy scepticism and a doleful warning from our trusty well-thumbed Timeout London Eating and Drinking Guide (2004 Edition) stating that ‘there’s very little now that’s pukka to be found in “Banglatown”, and the general standard of food is pretty low’ has kept me away from the majority of curry houses on Brick lane. […]








 

Review: Where can you find Chicago-style pizza in London ? Su Sazzagoni

Review: Where can you find Chicago-style pizza in London ?  Su Sazzagoni

After a strenuous search, I thought the answer was nowhere, until I contacted my local Italian restaurant, Su Sazzagoni, and asked them if they could make this for my husband’s birthday. Not only was Chicago-style deep dish not on their menu, the chef had never heard of it.  So, we exchanged several emails and recipes […]