Lahpet

Restaurants, Burmese Shoreditch
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The Shoreditch reboot of a popular Burmese restaurant originally in Hackney.

On looks alone, Lahpet’s a star. The popular Hackney Burmese has transferred from an awkward, pokey space to a large, airy site on the eastern fringes of Shoreditch. It’s achingly stylish. Handsome woods are accented by soft-toned metals; paintwork is in muted shades of grey; upholstery is patterned but chic. The huge windows – like those of the iconic Tea Building down the road – are split into square panes. Against the glass, diffusing the light as it comes in, are dark, swollen stems of bamboo, lashed together with rope, with tooth-edged palm fronds at neat little intervals. It’s nothing like the eateries of Mandalay, where restaurants are heavy-wooded and hotelly, while street food is eaten outside on plastic furniture. Doesn’t matter. The food here’s great. It can do what it likes.

Burmese flavours are the cousins of Thai and Indian: one moment all coconut and fragrant herbs, the next all heavy pulses and warm spicing. Everything I ate was excellent, but a few dishes elbowed their way to the front for attention. Take the paratha. Buttery, charred-edged and fat with a filling of spiced yellow peas, it had the carb-on-carb comfort of a south Indian masala dosa.

The signature Lahpet salad, with bitter curls of tea leaves and tiny dried shrimp, was good, but know this: the fishcake salad was better. Strips of fragrant, chewy protein sat in a spidery tangle of sweet caramelised onion, crisp cabbage, crunchy split peas, plus a fragrant, fiery dressing. Then there was the ginger ‘salad’, actually a duo of baby gem lettuce wraps, each loaded with a nest of nuts and ginger, plus cherry tomatoes, shallots, chilli and coriander. It was a kaleidoscope of crunch, zing and waves of heat.

Another signature, of sorts, is the hake. A chunky, succulent fillet, it came balanced on a dense, moreish potato rosti and under a blanket of rich, tangy, fiery masala sauce. And don’t leave out the coconut noodles with chicken. Somewhere between a soupy red Thai curry and a laksa, it had tender meat, soft (but not too soft) noodles and half a boiled egg on top. It was absolutely enormous, too.

There were a few tiny niggles: the drone of generic post-clubbing music, thankfully drowned out by laughter and chatter. A side of morning glory with mushrooms that was oversalted. A dessert of avocado mousse too gelatinous and cloying.

But Lahpet is buzzy, the service is clued-up and friendly and it’s terrific value. So grab five friends, request one of the booths, and order as much as you possibly can.

By: Tania Ballantine

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Venue name: Lahpet
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Address: 58 Bethnal Green Rd
London
E1 6JW
Transport: Shoreditch High Street Overground
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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tastemaker

Go. And order the hake masala. It's really, really great. Bonus points for the very instagram-able pink cocktails - I can vouch for their take on a pina colada, which might as well be a dessert in its own right. 


My only complaint was that a lot of the dishes have peanuts, but the menu doesn't tell you which ones. The waiter was very helpful at taking me through which dishes were safe for me to eat, but a side of morning glory still came covered in them despite our lengthy chat about my allergy. Also, as someone who loves spicy morning glory, it was the only bland thing we ordered. Everything else was delicious and faultless and made me want to go to Burma and eat everything. So yeah, go.

tastemaker

Lahpet was such a find! Burmese food here was special - not quite Malay, not quite Thai or Chinese. We had the much hyped up Lahpet tea leaf salad, which we found on the slightly salty side, but the pickled leaves and dried shrimp were more-ish. For the mains we had the pork and mustard green and king prawn curries. Not typical curries heavy with coconut milk. These tasted so fresh. Those king prawns were practically lobsters with the spiciest nearly sambal-like sauce, and the pork curry was a soup-y and gorgeous - both perfect with rice. We didn't have room for dessert but the chilled avocado mousse is calling! We'll definitely be back.

Tastemaker

The restaurant has sleek, gilt-edged design--trendy rather than cosy. The menu is appealingly short and well-crafted, and the servers are happy to explain the different dishes. The food could use more seasoning, though.

tastemaker

I have to be honest, I don't really know what Burmese food is meant to taste like, but if it's anything like what was served at Lahpet, I am an absolute fan. We went to Lahpet over the weekend of their soft-launch, that entailed us to 50% off food. With the discount, it was great value for money. Hopwever, if I had to pay full-price, the pricing is a bit exhibition proportionate to the portion sizes. Saying that, if you are into trying new cuisines and not too fussed about the cost, I highly recommend trying out Lahpet. I mean, each table has a jar full of chilli flakes instead of salt and pepper shakers... that screams "my kind of place".

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