We’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in Shoreditch in 2019.
Whether you’re after a romantic date spot, the perfect pizza, a meat feast or some delicious, vegan-friendly grub, look no further: these stunning Shoreditch restaurants have it all. (See also: best coffee shops in east London.)
Shoreditch restaurants for special occasions
If you’re looking for somewhere special to take a loved one, fine dining restaurants abound. Try Boundary Rooftop for gorgeous seafood and cocktails in a beautiful rooftop setting; Merchant’s Tavern for its modern European cooking and its wholesome British charm; Nobu Shoreditch for outstanding sushi; The Clove Club for its elegant British cuisine and excellent set menus; and Lyle’s for its Michelin-starred, daily-changing set menu.
Vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Shoreditch
There is plenty of choice for vegans and vegetarians. Redemption is a good choice, as it claims to be ‘the healthiest bar/restaurant in the world’ and is meat free, wheat free, dairy free, sugar free and alcohol free. “Where’s the fun in that?!”, I hear you ask. Well, that was my thought exactly, until I filled my face with Grilled Aubergine & Tahini, and was proved totally wrong. Another option is Cook Daily in Boxpark, for fresh, healthy and fragrant Southeast Asian Vegan food.
Shoreditch restaurants for raging carnivores
If you’re a bit of a meat freak, Shoreditch has a number of options – starting with the bottomless charcuterie board at basement joint TraTra. Try Cocotte for rotisserie chicken and their banging BBQ sauce, or, if you prefer your chicken fried, fly over to BIRD for the most epic wings and tenders in town, or Bull In A China Shop for popcorn chicken paired with Japanese whisky.
If you’re more into steak than poulet, make your way to Sagardi for a traditional Basque meal, Flat Iron if you want great quality for decent prices, or Hawksmoor, for what is arguably the best steak in London. There are also plenty of options if you’re after a downright dirty feast. Dirty Bones, Meat Mission and Red Dog Saloon will satisfy your carnivorous desires with their equally juicy menus. Not forgetting Smokestak‘s stunning, rustic barbecue food, or chicken-and-beef restaurant, Tramshed, where the meat is carved at the table and designed for guests to share.
Asian-inspired restaurants in Shoreditch
For all things Indian, head to Dishoom on Boundary Street for their famously good food, or seek out Gunpowder for the most incredible sharing plates. For some proper Thai grub, head to Som Saa for old-style cuisine and cocktails, or Smoking Goat, the critically acclaimed restaurant inspired by Bangkok’s late-night canteens. For Korean street food in a cosy restaurant setting, get to On The Bab. And for excellent Vietnamese cuisine, make your way to BúnBúnBún (you can BYOB) or Hanoi Cafe, both on Kingsland Road (which, coming to think of it, is a haven for Vietnamese food).
Shoreditch restaurants for great pizza
There’s certainly no shortage of pizza in east London. Both Radio Alice and Pizza East will sort you out with authentic Italian fare and great cocktails, while Voodoo Rays is the perfect option if you’re after something quick and simple. Pizza Buzz will let you create your own 12″ pizza, and there’s an option to pair it with two hours of bottomless prosecco. Meanwhile, the ever-popular Homeslice will serve you pizzas by the slice, or giant, 20″ pizzas to share. Finally, pop to Pizza Pilgrims for their proper Neapolitan pizza, which is slow-proofed and fast-cooked. (Their Shoreditch pizzeria is also the only branch to offer ‘chocolate bar calzonification’, so why not try a Mars Bar wrapped and cooked in pizza dough?)
Other amazing Shoreditch restaurants worth visiting
Camino is a fantastic choice for tapas, particularly the Octopus and the Huevos Rotos. They also have an amazing selection of G&Ts. Suvlaki on Brick Lane is a Secret London favourite and is a great spot for authentic Greek food while Lahpet, which specialises in Burmese cuisine, has been named one of London’s most authentic international restaurants according to non-UK born Londoners. And, last but not least, Andina is a lovely little Peruvian joint serving up spectacular ceviches and Pisco cocktails.
? Just fancy a cake and a coffee? See our guide to east London’s best cafés and coffee shops. ?
Also published on Medium.