Dalston may have a reputation for amazing Turkish food (which places like 19 Numara Bos Cirrik I uphold), but there's actually a huge range of outstanding restaurants in the area now. Shanghai Dalston brings Shanghai's regional dishes to east London, whilst British food is provided by A Little of What You Fancy. And for simple, seasonal fare alongside Regent's Canal, you must go down to Towpath.
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Escudo De Cuba
Venue says: A unique atmosphere that brings the party spirit of Cuba to east London. Two cocktails for £10 before 8pm every day. Six tapas for only £15!
There's a certain pedigree to this restaurant, bar and homage to all things Cuba - it's from the guys behind Cuba Libra, the popular Islington spot of similar influence. They've upped sticks and moved the whole shebang to Stoke Newington Road, so expect more of the same - just a little further east. The food menu showcases classic Cuban dishes with a few pan-South American dishes thrown in for good measure. Expect, then, empanadas, ensalada de pollo, patatas asadas al horno and ropa vieja a la Cubana - a traditional Cuban dish of shredded braised beef in a herb, tomato, onion and sweet pepper sauce. It's known as as 'old rags', and is served with rice, black beans, cassava, vegetables and plantain. And to drink? Well, they do a mean cuba libre of course - alongside various other Central and South American cocktails. Keep an eye out for salsa lessons, comedy nights and other special events.