Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Dalston
Hardens guides have spent 25 years compiling reviews of the best Dalston restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 14 restaurants in Dalston and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Dalston restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Dalston Restaurants
1. Rotorino Italian restaurant in Dalston 434 Kingsland Rd - E8
Inspired by southern Italy, Stevie Parle’s slick-looking venue is still capable of producing hit dishes (“gnudi worth the trip to Dalston”) but a couple of poor reports this year makes it hard to give it an unqualified recommendation.
2. Mangal 1 Turkish restaurant in Dalston 10 Arcola St - E8
“The best shish kebabs” – “juicy”, “melt-in-the-mouth tender” – all cooked in “the marble-clad pit in the middle of the room” are “the genuine article” and have won renown for this Turkish grill in Dalston. And it’s “good value” too, aided by the fact that you can BYO. “After 20 years I still go here every week, and it never fails to impress!”
3. Chick 'n' Sours Chicken restaurant in Dalston 390 Kingsland Rd - E8
“Sublimely juicy chicken with absurdly crunchy coating” – “like KFC pimped to the max” with “must-have dips such as Kewpie mayo and Sriracha sour cream” – have won high ratings for this free-range chicken and sour cocktails duo in Haggerston and Covent Garden (and from September 2018 in Islington too). “It’s so good I can’t stop going back!”.
4. Jidori Japanese restaurant in Dalston 89 Kingsland High St - E8
Well-reputed (slightly hyped) Dalston yakitori café (run by Natalie Lee-Joe & Brett Redman) which wins solid (if not spectacular) ratings for its Japanese small plates. They must be doing something right, as they opened a 50-cover Covent Garden sibling in February 2018, praised in early reports for its “good food and friendly staff”.
5. Sapling British, Modern restaurant in Dalston 378 Kingsland Road - E8
A new wine-focused restaurant and larder on Dalston’s main drag from restaurateur Bob Ritchie and sommelier Dan Whine (ace name for a sommelier, huh?). The weekly changing list of around 36 wines, including a number of grower Champagnes and other notable sparkling wines, is sustainable, organic, biodynamic or low-intervention, available by the glass and complemented by food from chef Jon Beeharry. Too little feedback for a rating as yet, but one early report says it’s all-round brilliant (as does the Evening Standard’s David Sexton).
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