Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Hackney
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Hackney restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 93 restaurants in Hackney and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Hackney restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Hackney Restaurants
1. Elliot's British, Modern restaurant in Hackney 121-123 Mare Street - E8
A sibling for the Borough Market restaurant and natural wine bar; originally due to open in February 2021; open now for delivery ("small plates, pizza, dessert and wine") until building work finishes in May.
2. Le Bab Middle Eastern restaurant in Hackney 231 Old Street - EC1V
On the former site of the Turkish Delight old-school kebab shop, the team behind Le Bab have opened a "brand new, very naughty kebab shop" in Old Street that will stay open until the small hours.
3. Cincinnati Chilibomb American restaurant in Hackney 26 Curtain Road - EC2A
Tim Brice, aka ‘Captain Chilli’, bravely launched London’s first dedicated Cincinnati-style chilli restaurant in February 2021. It occupies the small (40 seats) former Shoreditch premises of Rök and Emile (RIP). Part of the vogue for Americana-driven menus, Tim has developed a chilli-filled brioche ‘bombshell’ for his new venture. Each batch is three days in the making and – the coup de grâce – you inject your Chilibomb with a syringe of chilli-infused oil to get the level of heat that you desire.
4. Spring in the Courtyard / Hackney Bridge Kitchen International restaurant in Hackney Units 1-28 Echo Building, East Bay Lane - E15
Trading as Spring in the Courtyard during al fresco-only dining, and while the main building is being refurbished (opening August 2021), this new street food space comes from the team behind Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels, so we're expecting big things from the space and the stalls that will begin here.
5. Bright British, Modern restaurant in Hackney Netil House, 1 Westgate Street - E8
“Beautiful food, with elegance and full, intense flavours” from a menu of “simple, high-quality dishes”, backed up by a list of “natural wines from top importers” – all served in a “laid back”, semi-industrial space (formerly Ellory, RIP) – wins adulation for this yearling in London Fields, from the team behind fooderati fave-rave P Franco.
6. Angelina Fusion restaurant in Hackney 56 Dalston Lane - E8
“A clever, Italian-Japanese fusion that actually works well, who knew!?” – this tiny and original six-seater in Dalston inspires nothing but love amongst early reporters. “If you’re bored of the endless tasting-menus trend in the food scene, the one here is top notch” – with five courses for £39 (or you can order individually at £9 per plate). “Bargain!” – “I went back the next day...”
7. Trangallan Spanish restaurant in Hackney 61 Newington Grn - N16
“Lovely, rich, authentic Spanish fare (octopus to die for)” with Galician specialities, again wins praise for this “somewhat shabby-chic” tapas haunt in Newington Green: “it can get refreshingly noisy!”
8. Burger & Beyond Burgers, etc restaurant in Hackney 147 Shoreditch High Street - E1
“Some of the best burgers in London” – including a “sublime, fried, hot fish burger” and “a real vegetarian burger (that isn’t pretending to be anything other than a real, delicious vegetarian burger)” – make it well worth discovering this hip new Shoreditch diner. When it comes to going ‘beyond’, “some of the tapas style starters are worth trying too” (cauliflower cheese balls, fried chicken bites…)
9. The Spread Eagle Vegetarian restaurant in Hackney 224 Homerton High Street - E9
“Top vegan food in town, courtesy of Club Mexicana” is to be found at this “cool” east Homerton hostelry: London’s first 100% vegan pub. Even those who feel it’s “hyped” and only “OK if you’re in the area” say “they must be doing something right as it’s packed”.
10. Blacklock Steaks & grills restaurant in Hackney 28 Rivington Street - EC2A
“Oh my! A meat-lovers’ feast awaits!” at these “carnivorous havens”, where “evidently very well-sourced produce is expertly cooked and served in great platters of meaty delight!” (“go when you are hungry!”). There are “superb-value steaks”, but it’s the “mouthwateringly scrumptious” chops that inspire more feedback. Soho and the City occupy “urban-chic” basements, whereas Shoreditch is above-ground and more “warehouse-y”. Top Menu Tip – “bargain basement prices on Butchers Block Monday, with £10 corkage if you bring your own wine!”
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