On The Bab

Craving fried chicken? This Korean eatery will hit the spot.

You'll find Korean food spot On The Bab on Old Street. They serve a mixture of tasty morsels from their modest kitchen which explains the queue outside the door. Bab, the Korean word for rice, is not the only option; there's a range of tasty meat filled steamed bao buns and sticky, spicy fried chicken on the menu.

This venue is only small with about eight small tables in total and a few seats at the bar. Sticking with Shoreditch tradition, On The Bab boasts the distressed look, with exposed brickwork and the menu is listed on a vintage peg board.  

This spot is definitely all about the food: arm yourself with some napkins and try the sweet and spicy Yangyum Korean fried chicken. Sticky, crispy and more-ish, the chicken comes topped with peanuts and served with shredded Korean cabbage. A trip to OTB isn't complete without sampling a couple of their bao buns. We love the soft shell crab and guac bun drizzled in garlic and chilli soy sauce. 

The Kun Mandu chicken dumplings and Gimari seaweed salad are also worth trying. This place is all about sharing, so get a group together and enjoy! 

www.onthebab.co.uk

305 Old St, London EC1V 9LA

 

Grow

The perfect place for waterside beers.

There's no shortage of places to eat and drink near the water in Hackney Wick and Grow is no exception. If you're looking to admire the narrowboats, street art and various birds that meander down the Lea Navigation, this is the perfect place to do so. 

With a small selection of beers and homemade cakes, there's something charming and almost quaint about Grow. There are some seats inside, which is decorated in an eclectic manner, with bunting, plants, hanging plastic spheres and a large yellow hand.  

Grow have their own small street food van which cooks up the usual nibbles. Salads, wings, burgers and pulled pork plus some tasty chilli con carne nachos. Dotted around the outside area are plant pots with homegrown herbs and chilli plants, which are used in Grow's food and drinks. We enjoyed a few beers and some chilli nachos, which came with jalapeños and stringy cheese.

This place might sound like every other East London bar, but it has an organic and authentic feel that can't be faked. As with all waterside bars, this place gets busy as soon as the sun comes out - head down early to grab a seat and watch the narrow boats go by. 


www.growhackney.tumblr.com

Grow, Hackney, 98C Main Yard, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick E9 5LN

 

Pedler

Simple food beautifully executed at Peckham's Pedler.

Pedler sees European tastes served in a beautifully mismatched way. With one of our dishes served on a commemorative Charles and Diana plate, it's fair to say that this place boasts a style as intriguing as its menu. 

We started our visit to Pedler with a Little Bird Gin and Tonic, which came topped with a slice of pink grapefruit. Delicate and smooth, it was the perfect appetiser. If you're feeling experimental, the list of cocktails and wines are really exciting, with unusual ingredients and combinations, like the Peter Piper, which combines gin, aperol and yellow chartreuse with pickled yellow bell peppers. 

The biggest hit of the evening was a small plate of charred cauliflower which was served with a fragrant, curried sauce, pomegranate seeds and coriander. A tough act to follow, we tried the Caesar, essentially hollow potato skins loaded with crispy bacon, parmesan, cos lettuce and a drizzle of caesar dressing. Slightly heavier than the cauliflower, but still lip smackingly tasty. We finished the meal with a fish dish: turbot, cucumber, kale and lemon. Light and fresh, this was the perfect note to end on. 

Alterations to the menu at Pedler happen on a daily basis, giving you 101 reasons to check it out and to head back again. We would recommend trying this spot if you fancy good, simple food that's well curated and executed. 


www.pedlerpeckhamrye.com

Pedler, 58 Peckham Rye, London SE15 4JR

 

Scroll Ice Cream

Ice cream rolled up and put in a little cup.

Inspired by Thai street vendors, Scroll Ice Cream brings to Melbourne a new way to eat a much-loved dessert. How does it work? Local ingredients (predominantly milk and cream) are placed on a -20°C cold plate, crushed up, flattened and spread out to make an even layer. The cream quickly freezes into ice cream, and before you know it your dessert is being spiralled into five cute scrolls, placed into a little cup and sprinkled with delicious extras.

Scroll’s interior is playful with bright and colourful artwork, wooden pallet furniture, faux grass and a white picket fence. One wall is plastered with customer comments on sticky post-it notes - have a read, people are funny.

Ice cream flavours are fun with a number to choose from, some of which include: Pavlover which comes with strawberries, passion fruit coulis and a dusting of meringue, Coco Lovin' made with coconut cream, lychee, blackberries, and blueberries, Say Cheese - a baked New York cheesecake flavour with strawberries and biscuit dust, or Nutter Butter consisting of a Tim Tam, crushed nuts, brownie, wafers and chocolate.

And best of all, this stuff is preservative free so indulge you must.

www.scrollicecream.com.au

190 High Street, Windsor, Melbourne, 3181

 

Pizza East

Pizza East - where great pizza and Shoreditch meet.

Kitted out with low-level lighting and exposed brickwork, Pizza East is typically Shoreditch. The menu lists a number of seriously tempting pizzas including the squash, pancetta and thyme or the veal meatballs and prosciutto. There are lots of non-pizza alternatives too, making this the perfect spot to indulge and refuel.

We ordered one prawn, chilli and garlic pizza, which was tasty and packed a warming punch. We also opted for the vegetarian aubergine and burrata, which was simple but seriously good. Pizza East compliments their golden, doughy bases with liberal amounts of topping, making for a heavenly pairing.

Equipped with authentic cuisine, stripped-back décor and relaxed atmosphere, Pizza East has got the winning formula. But if pizza isn’t your thing, why not try their Saturday Brunch or Sunday Roast? If it’s anything like the meal we had, you’re in for a treat.

www.pizzaeast.com/shoreditch

56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ

 

Patty & Bun

Simple and juicy burgers with the tastiest skin-on chips.

Top of every burger lovers bucket list has to be Patty and Bun. With their newest spot in London Fields situated in a railway arch, the folks at P&B are bringing simple spaces and mouthwatering food together in true London fashion.

With six different burgers to chose from, decision making is hard, but the Smokey Robinson comes out on top: beef patty is teamed with bacon, cheese, tomato, lettuce, lashings of their secret smokey P&B mayo and caramelized onions for a generous, juicy burger.

A trip to Patty and Bun wouldn’t be complete without a serving of their skin-on fries, which come with chicken skin salt and a moreish roast chicken mayo.

If you’re going to pay them a visit definitely try their London Fields branch, but if that’s a little out your way, they’ve got a fourth eatery coming to Soho’s Old Compton Street this year, leaving you spoilt for choice.

www.pattyandbun.co.uk

397 Mentmore Terrace, London Fields, Hackney, E8 3PH