Looking to wine and dine in East London? These restaurants in Shoreditch prove that the quirky neighbourhood is fast becoming a foodie favourite…

Words Helen Brown

Shoreditch’s food and drink scene is going from strength to strength, bolstered by its reputation for being London’s prestigious hipster hang-out. It’s East London’s creative hub which attracts a growing roster of celebrity chefs and the latest London hot-spots. Here you can get any cuisine at near-enough any hour. These restaurants in Shoreditch prove that London’s coolest neighbourhood is a foodie favourite.

RED ROOSTER

Acclaimed New York chef Marcus Samuelsson brings his renowned Harlem restaurant to Shoreditch. Red Rooster serves up soulful Southern comfort food, with a pinch of northern European flavour. This latest Red Rooster outpost features many of the original’s signature dishes along with some new ones created especially for its London home.

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LYLES

This Michelin-starred restaurant is headed up by James Lowe and focuses on seasonal British ingredients. It’s a bright airy space with tall ceilings, concrete floors and wooden furniture.  The menu is creative and includes dishes such as mutton with little gem and anchovy.  

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MERCHANTS TAVERN

This converted Victorian warehouse and former apothecary in the centre of Shoreditch offers a grown-up dining experience with fantastic food and a tantalising wine list. Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick’s menus include seasonal and modern European dishes such as whole lemon sole with spinach, brown butter, capers and parsley. For a more relaxed vibe, the bar serves sausage rolls, salt cod beignets and other bite-sized snacks.

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NOBU SHOREDITCH

Nobu, the culinary frontrunner in Eastern cuisine landed in East London this summer with the opening of Nobu Hotel Shoreditch. The five-storey hotel includes a 240-cover restaurant, a two-tier outdoor terrace, private dining room and a sushi bar. This new Nobu delivers everything the brand is famous for. Guests can choose from signature dishes such as Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno.

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TIENDA ROOSTERIA

For tacos, tequila, good times and a top atmosphere, Tienda is the go-to. Set on the ground floor of The Curtain hotel, it boasts eclectic interior style and a playful menu. Old school hip-hop will be the soundtrack to an evening slurping frozen margaritas.

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HKK

Choose between the eight or 15-course taster menu at HKK and let the skillful chefs take it from there as they whip up an incredible selection of dim sum and fusion dishes. Michelin-starred chef Tong Chee Hwee has created a menu with perfect balance between the expected and the innovative.

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HAWSMOOR

King of the prime-cuts, Hawksmoor’s Spitalfields venue is where it all started. The meat comes from Ginger Pig – a local London butcher – and is seared to absolute perfection. Portion sizes are generous, the cocktail menu is impressive and the triple cooked chips are dangerously addictive.

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