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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Venue says: “A unique fusion of the traditional ocakbasi (charcoal grill) and rich, cold and hot plates with the warmth of Turkish & Kurdish hospitality”
There are many reasons to visit this long-standing Hackney favourite, but the decor isn't one of them...
Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream
A Filipino take on an ice cream parlour, serving colourful concoctions with lots of Eastern influence. For instance ube flavour – a purple coloured yam from the Philippines – which you can get in a 'bilog', Mamsons' signature toasted bun filled with ice cream. Or pair it with a goth-tastic scoop of black coconut (charcoal made from the coconut shell is what gives it the ghoulish colour).
Venue says: “Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream is Europe’s first Filipino ice cream parlour!”