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Shoreditch restaurants

Looking to dine out in east London? Time Out's guide to the best restaurants in Shoreditch should provide ample inspiration

A digital media hub that nudges up against the City, Shoreditch is home to both hipsters and high-rollers, and its mix of eateries reflect this dual identity. Chic hotel restaurants and culinary destinations best visited on expenses cater to the suited and booted, while Cali-style cafés, new-wave Brit restaurants and dude-food dives supply hipsters with plenty of east-London Instagram fodder.

The best restaurants in Shoreditch

Albion

A modern café for style-conscious locals, Albion blends the bucolic and the urban, its tables heaving with freshly baked breads and cakes, its doorway flanked by baskets of vegetables, its on-trend white and wood interiors an orgy of laptops, beanies and beards. The all-day menu namechecks nearly every much-loved Brit dish imaginable: from the full English to bacon baps, kedgeree to devilled kidneys, and rabbit pie to Welsh rarebit. It’s expensive for a self-proclaimed ‘caff’, but modestly priced for a quality pit-stop.

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Andina

Music exec-turned-restaurateur Martin Morales hasn’t put a foot wrong since he launched Ceviche Soho and we went collectively loco for pisco sours. This Shoreditch spin-off is a hoot: built on the same foundations as Ceviche (upbeat music, exotically zingy dishes and plentiful routes to a pisco-induced hangover), it changes the record slightly, adding Andean (do you know your Peruvian from your Andean cuisine?) dishes, street food, and a superfood slant. Close-set tables, sharing plates and a lively vibe put it firmly in Shoreditch’s ‘pleasure’ rather than ‘business’ camp.

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Bel-Air

This Cali-style café near London’s tech-heavy, bathetically named Silicon Roundabout is a tiny space with a sunny yellow colour scheme and so little seating that it’s basically a takeaway – however, for our money, this is al desko at its finest. Mix and match vibrant, nutritious salads, adding meaty extras as you go, or opt for seasonal slow-cooked stews that pop with flavour, such as Ethiopian-style braised beef. Breakfasts are also delicious, and speak to both clean eating early birds and hungover hot messes.

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Bike Shed Motorcycle Club

Possibly the only hip restaurant in London where the customers sport more tattoos than the staff, this biker café/boutique/barbers makes two-wheeled petrol-heads mainstream. You don’t have to roar up to these arches on a custom-made motor – everyone is welcome – but if you do, you can shake off your leathers and savour a flat white, or tuck into generous portions of good food (the likes of charcuterie platters, huevos rancheros, superfood salads and veggie shepherd’s pie alongside more predictably ‘biker’ dishes).

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Blanchette East

Hats off to this dinky French bistro for its trend-bucking decor: this is a rare chance to dine out in east London sans the all-pervasive bare bulbs and battered brickwork aesthetic. Instead, we get richly coloured murals and gilt-framed mirrors on the scuffed plaster walls, spider plants dangling from the ceiling, and soft globe lighting, all of which prepare diners for a menu that mixes Marseilles with the Maghreb (cuisine from northwest Africa). Most dishes hit the mark, the service is lovely, and the vibe is winningly romantic.

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Boundary

Rooftop or restaurant, rooftop or restaurant? This Conran-designed style mecca and Shoreditch institution has a lot of aces up its sleeve (including Albion, above), but its pièce de résistance is its all-weather rooftop orangery complete with wicker sofas, herb garden, robata grill and sweeping views of the capital. Creatives come up here for some respite from Shoreditch’s unrelenting grime – with a cocktail in hand and something from the Mediterranean menu in front of you, the ground-level grind feels far, far away.

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Burro e Salvia

This fresh pasta specialist buzzes with activity as its pasta-makers deftly roll and fold their product behind the counter of the small, whitewashed venue. Most people buy by weight to take away, although there is a sit-down ‘tasting area’ further back. The monthly changing menu offers just a handful of ‘folds’ with seasonal toppings, but the signature dish of agnolotti cavour – ravioli filled with pork, beef and spinach bathed in sage butter – is always available. The only gripe? Parmesan costs extra.

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Clove Club

This modern British restaurant is unusual for many reasons: on its no-choice menu, Isaac McHale, who was one of the first restaurateurs to make diners pay for their meal upon booking, cooks seasonal ingredients that other chefs ignore in surprising ways. Located in Shoreditch Town Hall, the sparse, utilitarian dining room makes a focus of its calm, collected open kitchen – every plate produced is a thing of straight-to-Instagram beauty. This place gets better with each visit.

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CookDaily

This vegan canteen suits its shipping container setting in Shoreditch’s Boxpark down to a tee – inside, a friendly, community feel prevails despite the area’s hipsterishness. The cheap, upbeat menu has fun making bowl food brilliant: dishes with names such as ‘Rainbowl’, ‘Da Infamous’ and ‘High Grade’ – the latter comprising veggies stir-fried with hemp oil and covered in a sweet BBQ sauce that recalls the scent of marijuana – are filling, healthy and all under a tenner. Not just for vegans.

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Dishoom

Wherever a branch of this slick Iran-via-India ‘café’ shows up, you’re guaranteed a fun time, and nowhere more so than at Dishoom Shoreditch. The vast dining room, overseen by an army of friendly staff, is split into stylistically different sections – a Bombay-esque railway café here, a colonial era verandah there. The menu is the same throughout: start with exotically spiced cocktails, then move onto inventive Indian small plates, with Dishoom signatures such as the black dal, and Shoreditch specials including the slow-cooked lamb raan.

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A S
A S

Try Gram Bangla 68 Brick Lane London E1.  Time Out did and article about this as the 1st authentic Bangladeshi Restaurant with traditional variety of fish dishes from display to chose from you should try it.

RavnSearch
RavnSearch

We've put together a blog on some of our favourite restaurants in the Old Street / Silicon Roundabout area - we'd be keen to hear your views and let us know if there's a restaurant we haven't mentioned!

Allison
Allison

As expressed by a few of the commenters. Most of these restaurants have closed. There are loads of new ones that could be included: Beard to Tail, Tramshed, Casa Negra, Floripa, Monikers, 100 Hoxton... loads. Please update the list! And if you stray into London Fields, check out the new pop-up by http://www.thecraftbeersocialclub.co.uk

Chick
Chick

Great list although a shame that some of these restaurants in shoreditch are closed. www.thecornershopbar.com isn't though, and it's a great little place for a drink and some food. Loads of events also.

Adam Bullerq
Adam Bullerq

Actually its now 6 of these restaurants are closed. Come on T.O. I come to you for advice. You are supposed to be the bible of going out. Must try harder.

G Theo
G Theo

At least three on this list closed down quite some time ago. The Hoxton Apprentice in November 2012 and the Open Kitchen and Saf much earlier so this guide is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. Time Out, as they say in the US when you screw up.

anonymous
anonymous

Saf restaurant 152 Curtain Rd EC1 has closed down, although it still has a branch in Kensington. Please could you remove it from your list of restaurants online or change the info, at least. Thank you.

Stanton
Stanton

Hi found this restaurant by accident and I was so amazed by the fantastic Italian food. Lena restaurant ( Shoreditch ) I love Italy and this restaurant is the closest thing to a real Italian experience. Food 100% Atmosphere 100% Service 100% Lena restaurant @ 66 Great Eastern street. 02077395714