Let’s start with the first meal of the day... Popina is where savvy locals, always in search of something new, go for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and pastries. Star baker Ms. Isidora Popovic recently opened her first deli and daytime café that seems to meet the requirements of those with a discerning taste.
The farm-to-table concept has grown more and more attention in the last years, especially in cities. If you are all about freshness and quality, FARM:shop in Dalston is where to go for weekly lunch. Open Thursdays through Sundays, the little spot is a true hidden gem, as well as world's first urban farming hub, where food grows into water.
Another local and seasonal venue to consider is Lyle’s. Located in a warehouse, at the corner of Shoreditch High Street, this young-and-hip restaurant follows the lead of acclaimed St. John Bread & Wine. First popular for lunch, Lyle’s is a big hit also for dinner with its fix-but-ever-changing menu. The décor is spartan and elegant featuring white tiles, concrete floor, metal framed windows, as well as junior white-wood chairs and tables.
Moving on from modern traditional flavors to curry and punchy ones, Dishoom is the place to go! The design-conscious Bombay brasserie welcomes foodies from breakfast to dinner. Serving a feisty Indian menu, the typical Irani venture was opened early last century by immigrants and has kept its standards high ever since.
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Circling around Mediterranean distinctive taste, The Palomar offers Israeli small plates. The Middle-Eastern restaurant is different from others, as customers sit at the bar to mingle with chefs and owners. Some people are misled by the definition of “a modern-Sephardic hipster nightclub diner.” Reality is that you should check it personally before making assumptions.
Offering one of the best views in town, the 24/7 hotspot Duck & Waffle is located on the 40thfloor of the Heron Tower. This European restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows and minimalist décor. Dishes are designed to be shared and sampled; signature crispy leg confit, fried duck egg with mustard maple syrup is simply one not to miss.
Heading to Shoryu is like traveling to Japan. Specialising in Hakata tonkotsu ramen, this fairly new restaurant keeps on being mentioned in the annual Michelin-Guide, which means it is worth queueing for. The exclusive recipe has been specially crafted by Executive Chef with the goal of sharing genuine and niche flavours of his hometown, Hakata.
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