The Best Things to Eat in Hackney
After a few too many wilderness years, Hackney is finally a great place to eat. But how great?
We asked some local food friends, plus a token London Fields wino (me) to tell us what their favourite things to eat are in Hackney and the results follow.
On the panel: Chefs/restaurateurs Angela Hartnett, Nuno Mendes and Stevie Parle, chef James Lowe, cook and Sunday Times food writer Gizzi Erskine, baker and writer Claire Ptak, food and travel journalist Sophie Dening, wino Ruth Spivey, Eliza Flanagan, owner of Lardo and Coppa and bar/restaurant owner Jonathan Downey.
Hackney (and Dalston in particular) is best known for its Turkish restaurants but only three panel members voted for a Turkish anything and nowhere got more than one mention. The times they are a changin'.
This was originally a list of 'The TEN Best Things to Eat in Hackney' and then we did another list of the next ten but we've put them all together now because all the dishes listed are delicous and it made more sense.
In no particular order we think ‘The Best Things to Eat in Hackney’ are:
- Moroccan Eggs and/or the homemade Crumpets/Pikelets at Railroad on Morning Lane.
- The Fish & Chips at Fin & Flounder, Saturdays at Netil Market.
- The Beef Short-Rib Tacos at Breddo’s Taco Shack, Saturdays at Netil Market.
- The Ribolitta (in autumn/winter) and Pistachio Cake at Lardo on Richmond Road.
- Parma ham, Mozzarella, Peaches at Mayfields, Wilton Way.
- Buttermilk Chicken & Pine Salt at The Clove Club in Shoreditch Town Hall.
- Saigon Prawn Pancake at Tre Viet on Mare Street.
- Hackney Wild Sourdough at E5 Bakehouse, Mentmore Terrace.
- Ginger & Molasses Cake at Violet on Wilton Way.
- Marmalade Bread & Butter Pudding at Reilly Rocket on Buckingham Road.
- Orecciette with cherry tomatoes and njuda at The Cooking Cooks, Thu-Sun at Netil Market.
- Steamed pork bun at Bao Bar, Netil Market.
- The Sausage Roll at the Ginger Pig, Lauriston Road.
- Dim Sum at Shanghai, Kingsland High Street.
- Okonomiyaki from ShoFooDoh at Pacific Social on Clarence Road (also at Chatsworth Road Market).
- Cinnamon Buns at Fabrique Bakery, Geffrye Street.
- Cured Meat Pizza at Sodo, Upper Clapton Road.
- The Jerk Chicken at Licky Chop at Climpson’s Arch, Helmsley Place.
- Sole, Daikon, Citrus Butter, Aniseed at Mayfields on Wilton Way.
- The Lamb Raan at Dishoom, Boundary St
- Preserves from The London Borough of Jam
- Lots of things at Street Feast #DalstonYard but especially the Rola Wala Naan Wraps, Pork Buns from Yum Bun and Rainbo Gyoza.
So you’re bound to think we’ve missed out something brilliant and if we have, please let us know in the comments box below. If our panel agrees, we'll put it straight in. If we've not tried something we'll get round to your suggestion(s) at some point. Thanks.
Whilst doing this we thought it might also be useful to list all of the places that got a few mentions; so here is our list of The Best Places to Eat in Hackney. Please tell us who we’ve missed. We’re going to do Tower Hamlets next.
The Best Places to Eat in Hackney
- Bao Bar
- Breddo’s Taco Shack
- Cooking Cooks
- Crate Brewery
- De Beauvoir Deli
- E5 Bakehouse
- Fabrique Bakery
- Fin & Founder
- Licky Chop
- Lucky Chip
- Raw Duck
- Reilly Rocket
- Street Feast
- The Clove Club
- The Empress
- The Three Crowns
- This Bright Field
- Tre Viet
- Wilton Way Cafe
Some things we’ve noticed:
- Why is there nowhere to eat a decent steak in Hackney? And don’t say Buen Ayre.
- There is really only one dedicated proper pizza place – Sodo, although also Lardo of course.
- There is only one place that could be considered fine dining in Hackney – The Clove Club. So hardly anywhere posh to take the boss to or to propose marriage.
- Except Tre Viet and Shanghai, all our favourite places opened in the last 5 years.
Founder of Street Vin and Wine Car Boot
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Photo credit: Tuck and Vine