Nestled on Kingsland Road, this neighbourhood café bashes out hefty portions of ridiculously cheap Ethiopian vegan food in a friendly, no-frills setting. Take a seat among the fairy lights, framed photos and artificial plants and 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 pimped up with plenty of garlic, ginger and turmeric. You can also BYOB with no corkage charge.
JANUARY 2020: We’ve added a bunch of Hackney favourites, notably Casa Fofò (a solo venture from former Pidgin chef Adolfo de Cecco), Bright (a vibey venue from the guys behind the P Franco wine shop) and Mao Chow (vegan street food with a Sichuan accent) – as well as hip hangout Peg, known for its Japanese izakaya-style small plates. Others worth an honourable mention include Caribbean Kitchen (no-nonsense food and punchy cocktails) and El Ganso (pimped-up Spanish tapas).
Hackney – that inner-north-inner-east patch of London – is edgy, sleek and home to some of the city's most exciting restaurants. With everything from swish restaurants to new-age gastropubs and dumplings, you'll never be short of eating options if you're in the area and need a feed. Here are 22 places for your consideration – in Shoreditch, Dalston, Hoxton, Hackney Wick and the many other suburbs that make up this very liveable London borough. Go east(ish) and eat.