1 Redchuch St., Shoreditch
The first of its kind in London, Andina offers up the concept of Andean “picanterias”—casual, family-run community restaurants. Serving up fresh juices and smoothies, a variety of ceviches, Quinoa Burgers, and the like, it’s one of our go-tos for a healthy, well-priced meal in Shoreditch.
54 Paul St., Shoreditch
Inspired by a trip to LA and all its laid-back, healthy eateries, Andrew Bredon opened his own interpretation in London in early 2015. While he can't quite import the sunshine, he has managed to bring a healthy approach to food that is otherwise hard to find in London—it's not often you run into a to-go spot that has gluten-free and dairy free-options for both breakfast and lunch. He's also managed to create a space that has a nice informal quality with white marble tables and cheery yellow accents. We're expecting (and hoping) to see more pop up all over the city soon.
65a Brushfield St., Shoreditch
This wonderfully versatile, brasserie-style restaurant in Shoreditch comes from Clive Watson, previously of Riding House Café and Bermondsey's Village East fame. Much like them, Blixen is an all-day sort of place, where the local workforce might come for a breakfast or lunch meeting in one of the leather booths, or crack open a laptop at the long bar table, while others might take advantage of the stellar cocktail list and bistro-style dishes—served in conveniently shareable small plates, of course—and make the night of it. Adding to its versatility is the cozy, wood-clad private dining room for 18, where you can choose your set menu ahead of the event.
4 Redchurch St., Shoreditch
Brat is Welsh slang for turbot, so it follows that that’s the thing to order here. It’s a perfectly-cooked whole fish, grilled over a fire, and meant for sharing. It’s a technique they use for many menu items, including the bread (always a reliable indicator of the dishes to come), which is almost a satisfying meal in itself, grilled and made of flour from one of last standing stoneground mills in the UK. Even the cheesecake is smoked and accompanied by brown bread ice cream, a familiar treat in the UK and Ireland but rarely seen stateside. Once you have a bite you’ll wonder why.
49 Columbia Rd., Shoreditch
Catering to East London's hardcore foodie scene since 2010, Brawn serves up seasonal cuisine with an emphasis on provenance. Their cheese is from the venerable Androuet, their bread is from the one and only E5 Bakehouse, and their wine list features a good number of natural wines. And then there's the meat: This is nose-to-tail eating at its best—their house-made black pudding alone is worth the trip. A meal in their delightfully bare-bones dining room any day is a treat but their Sunday roast is what they're best known for.
Brick Lane Beigel Bake
159 Brick Ln., Shoreditch
If you think of bagels (or beigels as it's spelled here) in London, this is the first place that comes to mind. As you'd expect, it's a no-frills experience, and the bagels are fresh-baked, delicious and filled with plenty of kosher goodness. Locals who have known and loved this place for years recommend getting one corned beef bagel and using the extra meat (they are very generous) for two additional bagels.
Cereal Killer Café
192a Brick Ln., Shoreditch
With a menu that includes 120 different types of cereal (some of them extremely rare and difficult to source), 30 varieties of milk, plus a selection of Pop Tarts and old-school sodas, this place specializes in nostalgia for children of the '80s and '90s. Created by hilarious Irish identical twin brothers, Gary and Alan Keery, the flashbacks don't stop with Lucky Charms: The café is jam-packed with toys and trinkets like Troll dolls and Power Rangers action figures, and features a facade made of VHS tapes. There are multiple locations in London.
119-121 Brick Ln., Shoreditch
This is the perfect way to end the night, say, after clubbing at The Soho House. The kebab is wonderfully moist, the garlic sauce is unlike any other, and the falafel is super fresh. The restaurant is located on Brick Lane and offers comfy seating, and nice homespun Middle-Eastern touches.
13 Bethnal Green Rd., Shoreditch
Unlike most of Soho House’s buttoned-up and exclusive restaurants, the Dirty Burger brand is a series of down-and-out tin-clad locales churning out ridiculously tasty and super-cheap cheeseburgers. (Vegetarians can order the "Cop Out," which is just as satisfyingly dirty.) It’s very purposefully a no-frills situation that’s totally worth the wait. There are more locations in Whitechapel, Kentish Town, and Vauxville.
7 Boundary St., Shoreditch
This relatively new and growing chain of modern Indian restaurants reveals a new dimension to a city already well-versed in the cuisine. Expertly decorated to resemble an old Iranian Bombay cafe, the vibe is casual and, as tradition dictates, ideal for both large groups and singles reading the paper and having a chai. The long menu of rotis, naans, grilled meats, and stews is spice-inflected but not necessarily curry heavy. There are three more locations in King's Cross, Carnaby, and Covent Garden.
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