Old Spitalfields Market, a space that recently offered Wagamama at best, now has all sorts of excellent restaurants and stalls providing options to sit with at the bar, or to take away. Head to Monty’s Deli for an egg and cheese bun or their classic reuben. For salty and sweet beef noodle soup there’s Jia Ba, or go for a knock-out aubergine or beef sandwich from Taberna Do Mercado. There are plenty more delicious options, from dumplings to desserts, making it a real destination for a delicious lunch or casual dinner.
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Gunpowder is a simply designed little restaurant off Commercial Street serving extremely inventive takes on Indian food that will blow your mind.
Monty’s Deli in Hoxton does a killer reuben sandwich and a matzo ball soup that feels like a hug from a grandma. It’s good for quick eats of takeaway.
Plenty of restaurants in Shoreditch have a gimmick, but Popolo doesn’t need one. This place serves up pastas and incredible small plates.
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Uchi is an attractive and humble sushi restaurant in Clapton serving very nice sashimi, nigiri, and rolls
Abeno is a lovely Japanese spot in Bloomsbury specialising in okonomiyaki, but it’s also worth visiting for sides like the tempura, and beef karaage.
Kurobuta in Chelsea is part dive bar, part izakaya spot, serving Japanese small plates with a twist.
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