You’ve got plans to meet friends for dinner, and you want to go somewhere fun and exciting, and perhaps something involving a kebab. But you’re tired of anything involving railway arches and Knightsbridge, and you don’t want to come back home smelling of an open fire. In that case, you want to be eating at Oklava, a restaurant that cooks modern Turkish food in a stylish setting that feels very Shoreditch. You’ll eat a killer roast cauliflower with chilli and pistachios, an incredible lamb sausage, and the best hellim (halloumi) of your life here. Over-ordering can be a problem as much of the menu is absurdly good, but that’s what we call “a good problem.” Book ahead as it’s very popular.
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Wright Brothers Spitalfields
You can get a shellfish tower or a posh seafood dinner at Wright Brothers Spitalfields. Or, you can get oysters for a quid a pop, 3-6pm every day.
Rochelle Canteen is a hidden gem in Shoreditch. The space is nice and relaxing, and the rotating British menu is always excellent.
Beigel Bake on Brick Lane is a classic East London establishment with excellent bagels to take away, and a great salt beef bagel.
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Gökyüzü is an all-day, late-night Turkish spot in Harringay. It’s a Green Lanes landmark, and one of London’s best restaurants.
Yosma is a modern Turkish restaurant in Marylebone that’s slick and stylish, loud, fun and messy, Does that sound like a place you’d like? Thought so.
Kyseri is a cute and stylish restaurant in Fitzrovia, serving refined modern Turkish food.
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Thanks to a lovely verandah and excellent views, the Shoreditch branch of modern Indian restaurant Dishoom is one of our favourites.
Plenty of restaurants in Shoreditch have a gimmick, but Popolo doesn’t need one. This place serves up pastas and incredible small plates.
Red Rooster is a NYC-based restaurant now in Shoreditch, with a variety of Southern-style American food on the menu and a live band playing daily.
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