For a sumptuously satisfying feed, Shoreditch is a safe bet. Expect fantastic steaks at Hawksmoor, and if you're after something a little different, head to Rochelle Canteen. Check out Time Out's guide to the best restaurants in Shoreditch for even more options. And don't forget to read our guides to Shoreditch bars and clubs.
Hawksmoor’s USP is in supplying excellent produce cooked well, focusing on top-quality beef from renowned London butcher Ginger Pig. There’s a serious attitude to beef provenance and an impressive list of breeds; Longhorn is always available, but guest breeds range from Herefords to Lincoln Reds.Read more
Eating at Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson’s daytime-only spot remains a distinctive treat: entry is via a buzzer on a tiny door in the wall of an old Victorian school on Arnold Circus, now a hub of creative studios. Inside, a handful of outdoor tables and a former bike shed converted into an airy, modern space act as the canteen for the creatives working here, and those lucky outsiders in the know.Read more
‘Wham-bam, thank you m’am’ – the new normal for London’s restaurants. Book ahead? You’re having a laugh. Queue? Of course. Meals come and go at breakneck speed, and before you can even settle into your faux-distressed school chair, the bill appears and you’re out on your ear, wondering if it was all just a dream. If that’s the kind of fast and furious that floats your boat, then you should probably give Lyle’s a swerve.Read more
Boho Mexica’s claims to authenticity rely on its domestic labour-of-love approach – chef Tía Patty, the owner’s aunt, uses recipes learnt from her mother. While a starter of bland guacamole disappointed, painstaking care showed through in another of slow-cooked beef brisket, and crispy tostadas of green plantain topped with prawns and roasted habanero peppers had us happily glugging back our cocktails.Read more
There’s never a dull mouthful at Andina, which charms your tastebuds with its Peruvian-inspired ceviches, street food, cocktails and colourful smoothies. Andina is the second branch of the fun-loving Ceviche, but rather than imitating its older Soho sibling, it has new tricks, some of them inspired by the food of the Andes.Read more
Sit in Dishoom's basement dining room and you can watch the Indian chefs at work. Our seekh kebabs arrived well spiced, the minced lamb juicy, served piping hot from the grill. Many more distinctively Bombay dishes are on the menu, including bhel (a spicy puffed-rice snack) and pau bhaji (spicy vegetables in a bread roll).Read more
The dining space at the Rivington Grill is calm and white, with crisp linen and enough of both formality and trendiness to gratify different audiences. Contemporary art such as a Tracey Emin light sculpture add a splash of Shoreditch cool. Menus follow the distinctively British style set by Mark Hix, chef-supremo of Caprice group when the Rivington opened.Read more
Venue says: Enjoy our authentic Iberian cooking and extensive regional wine list in our attractive new tapas bar area.
After over a decade in existence, Eyre Brothers is a trusted local fixture, equally attractive to couples, Shoreditch’s young movers ’n’ shakers and suited City persons deep in lunchtime conversation. The low-ceilinged, dark-wood and leather design helps – it’s contemporary-classic without flimsy trendiness.Read more
Venue says: Plugged in Switched On: our famous open mic night is back next Tuesday! Sign up at pluggedinswitchedon.com to book your performance slot.
Café 1001 forms part of a pedestrianised eating and shopping strip that recalls nothing so much as Friday afternoon at the Glastonbury Festival, as food stalls and barbecue grills compete for attention with record stores (Rough Trade’s expansive shop) and watering holes (the Big Chill Bar is at the opposite end of the stretch). The entrance to the café welcomes a friendly bohemian crowd who gather to check emails by day, then glug lager and catch a DJ after dark. Most take their cans in with them, climbing the short staircase to a loungey area (not unlike a glorified sixth-form common room) and a music space at the back. There are other drinks, among them standard cocktails (£6.50-£7) and top-notch fresh juices. Food involves salads, soups, burgers, bagels and own-made cakes, served from early morning until late at night.