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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Miz En Bouche
This French restaurant in Clerkenwell takes its name from the French term for 'appetiser', though we detect a hint of poetic license at play: strictly speaking it's mise en bouche. But we're not pedants and it doesn't really matter anyway – the bistro food here goes the full three courses. Expect, then, French classics such as foie gras terrine, escargots à la Bourguignonne, hand-cut steak tartare and a cassoulet of confit duck leg, Toulouse sausage, bacon and beans. And if you fancy a burger? No problem – it's served in a brioche bun with French cheese and with French fries, of course. Each of the exclusively-French wines are available by the glass, carafe and bottle, bar one red and one white. It's close to Sadler's Wells, so there's what looks like a good-value pre-theatre menu too.
Venue says: “Pre-theatre set menu. Two courses £16, three courses £20, available all day”