Reviews

The Chef’s Table

Eleven98 is back! Like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes, or, in the case of Eleven98, like a tender courgette seedling sprouting from the fertile Hackney ...

Shoreditch Wine House

Shoreditch Wine House - an oasis for wine lovers Nestled in the heart of Shoreditch and hovering just on the edge of the City, the recently opened Shoreditch W...

Hacha Bar

Lifting the spirits at Hacha Bar Tequila is one of my all-time favourite tipples, so when the opportunity arose to sample Hacha Bar's Mirror Margharita, I coul...

Judge and Jury

The verdict is in: Judge & Jury at the Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch If you’re looking for a sophisticated atmosphere where you can actually have a conversa...

TBC in Leytonstone

Lisa Jenkins meets TBC - Leytonstone's recently opened wine bar & deli Under the unassuming arches of Leytonstone High Road Overground Station, the To Be C...

B’Acino

Tash Lopez discovers the hidden gem, B’Acino Take a walk down Scrutton Street (just off Curtain Road), and you’ll see B’acino’s inviting bar area through its f...

Modern Mediterranean Morito

Nicole Breeden test drives Modern Mediterranean restaurant Morito in Hackney As much as I love the food that comes with the festive season, I thought I’d break...

Eleven98

Hackney native and professional chef Aidan Brooks launches Eleven98 - pop-up dining with a difference I recently had the pleasure of attending the press launch...
The Erstwhile Parrot Coffeehouse

The Erstwhile Parrot

Kaz discovers new kid on E13's Green Street block, The Erstwhile Parrot  Those familiar with Upton Park's famous (and, it has to be said, infamous) Green Stree...
The Erstwhile Parrot Coffeehouse

Vegan dining at The Brook

Susan Birtwistle goes vegan at The Brook I’m a pretty committed carnivore. Many big eaters and cooks are. I often think that most vegetarian dishes, however de...

Wanstead Tap and Mora

Susan Birtwistle visits two neighbourhood hotspots Nothing says Britishness like fish and chips. It takes me back years to the time when it came in newspaper w...
East London's best fish and chip restaurant, Sutton & Sons

Sutton and Sons

Julie Daniels finds the very best of British at Sutton & Sons Nothing says Britishness like fish and chips. It takes me back years to the time when it came...
Red Rooster Shoreditch

Red Rooster

Susan Birtwistle finds some hedonistic soul in a dark Shoreditch basement I’d already written a piece this month on a small neighbourhood café. I was bigging u...
Martello Hall pizza

Martello Hall

Nobody likes to see a gold pub close but Susan Birtwistle thinks this pizzeria is a good replacement "Shame on you,"’ Harry told our polite and delightful wait...
Jim's Cafe

Jim’s Café

Susan Birtwistle finds café perfection for breakfast lunch and dinner I can’t talk about Jim’s without first mentioning the Castle Cinema. It’s independent and...
Pork Belley at the Laughing Heart

The Laughing Heart

With a tiny food menu but a 16-page wine list, fun is clearly at the centre of Susan Birtwistle's new fave night spot The Laughing Heart is a late night wine b...
Bistrotechque

Bistrotheque

Susan Birtwistle samples brunch at a fun palace for the fashionable. I’ve been trying to get to Bistrotheque for their brunch for months, a full 14 of them. ...

What’s in a name?

Eugenio Ciccerellion how to spot a good Prosecco. Prosecco is without a doubt the most famous Italian sparkling wine.   While Champagne refers to a region in ...
Food Review

Bombetta

Susan Birtwistle couldn't resist the siren's call to a meat-lovers paradise in Snaresbrook I’d never been to Snaresbrook before. To me, it was all Snaresbrook ...