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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Fed by Water
There's a focus on clean living at this new concept restaurant in Dalston - it's all about a holistic approach to the food and drink that's served. That means environmental sustainability when it comes to sourcing, an apparently 'alkaline' Mediterranean menu, and 'pure' (filtered) water used throughout the prep. There's plenty of the latter to drink, too. The menu boasts an Italian bent, with options ranging from pizzas by the slice (think spicy salami with tomato, mozzarella and crushed chillis, or smoked swordfish with cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and rocket) to focaccia breads, pasta, healthy salads and 'pure' soups. Vegetarian and vegan dishes feature prominently too, with Quorn used to replace the meat. There's booze on the drinks list, so don't go thinking it's all holier-than-thou here. The Wild Card Brewery provides the real ale, Italy the lager and Devon the cider. Plus there's old world wines by the glass, and a cocktail list that includes negronis, mojitos, cuba libres and caipirinhas. But health freaks fret not - there are freshly squeezed juices, organic soft drinks, herbal teas and plenty of that filtered water. There's strong Italian coffee, too.