Ethiopian, vegan and BYO, this Dalston café knocks out hearty plant-based food in a friendly no-frills setting of fairy lights, religious prints and artificial plants. Decide whether you want traditional injera bread or rice to go with your six-dish ‘sampler platter’, which is all about greens and aromatic stews made with beans or lentils and pimped up with plenty of garlic, ginger and turmeric. Prices are ridiculously low (around £12 for two) and you don’t even have to pay corkage.
DECEMBER 2019: We’ve added a cluster of Dalston favourites including Angelina (a chic Italo-Japanese mash-up) and the Littleduck Picklery (a ‘fermenting kitchen’ related to Ducksoup). We also love the Dusty Knuckle Bakery, Violet (another laid-back bakery/café), and trendy daytime spot Snackbar. Finally, we’ve added a couple of reliable old faves: Andu Café (Ethiopian, vegan and BYO) and Del 74 (a garish, grungy Mexican bar/taqueria).
Dalston may be known for its buzzing bars and thriving nightlife spots, but its dining-out scene is just as exciting. The area boasts all kinds of killer kebabs, thanks to several of London’s best Turkish restaurants, alongside global cuisine and tons of excellent cafés serving up mouthwatering – and hangover-curing – breakfasts.
Here’s your essential guide to the very best restaurants, eateries and coffee shops in Dalston. Go forth and consume!