Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Tower Hamlets
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Tower Hamlets restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 32 restaurants in Tower Hamlets and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Tower Hamlets restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Smokoloko BBQ restaurant in Tower Hamlets Old Spitalfields Market, Bethnal Green Road - E1
It’s a dead cinch to spot Cleo Vizioli’s street market stall at Spitalfields Market: it‘s the one with the old train locomotive! This is the only permanent site, although there are three other locos in the pipeline to serve events and markets around town. The USP is its “amazing smoked meats”: “there’s always a queue, but the meat-loaded rolls are divine”.
2. Da Terra, Town Hall Hotel Fusion restaurant in Tower Hamlets 8 Patriot Square - E2
“A very fine effort by Brazilian chefs with a good team. I hope they succeed!” Paulo Airaudo and Rafael Cagali’s ambitious East End newcomer is the latest inhabitant of this space in Bethnal Green’s former town hall (which has, over the years, housed Lee Westcott’s The Typing Room and Nuno Mendes’s Viajante) where a series of wizard small plates (from either an eight-course or eleven-course menu) are delivered, often by the chefs themselves, from the open kitchen. It’s yet to generate a huge depth of feedback, but in terms of dazzling ratings it’s scored as one of the more interesting arrivals this year; and a very worthy successor to its brilliant predecessors on this site.
3. Xi'an Biang Biang Chinese restaurant in Tower Hamlets 62 Wentworth Street - E1
“Oodles of noodles… and fun, too”: this “bustling, happy-making eatery” – year-old sibling to Highbury’s Xi’an Impression – occupies a canteen-style space in Spitalfields and “specialises in spicy, hand-pulled noodles”; “yum!”.
4. Cecconi's Shoreditch Italian restaurant in Tower Hamlets 58-60 Redchurch Street - E2
“There’s always such a buzz at any time” at the original Cecconi’s, “tucked away behind the Royal Academy” – a “bustling” and “sophisticated” all-day Italian brasserie, whose “open, bright, pavement terrace” helps make it a big favourite amongst the St James’s set, be it “for an upmarket business breakfast”, or as “a treat during a day’s shopping in the West End”. When it comes to the cooking, it “can be a bit hit or miss, but is generally good”. Nowadays owned by Soho House, the brand is being rolled out, but its diverse family of spin-offs echo rather than replicate the original. There’s a City outlet in The Ned’s capacious food hall, which like Mayfair is “fun” and “an excellent place to do business” of a less formal kind. Beyond that, the food is “reliable” but pretty “basic at the price”, and the setting can be “the noisiest ever”. A Soho pizza spot carries the name, on which there’s little feedback. New in September 2018, the Shoreditch branch is “a very good addition as a real neighbourhood restaurant”, with a “nice bar”, and a generally “winning formula”, including for brunch.
5. The Buxton British, Modern restaurant in Tower Hamlets 42 Osborn Street - E1
From the team behind the nearby Culpeper, this new (June 2019) gastroboozer occupies a cleverly rebuilt seven-storey site near the foot of Brick Lane, whose redevelopment has allowed the addition of 15 bedrooms. It opened too late for survey feedback: The Standard’s David Sexton found the ground floor bar a little “cramped” and “not for lingering”, but a good value, if “lonely pioneer of bourgeois taste” in this grungy ’hood.
6. Fugitive Motel British, Modern restaurant in Tower Hamlets 199 Cambridge Heath Road - E2
A 140-seater ‘craft bar and kitchen’ near some soon-to-be developed railway arches in hip Bethnal Green that opened in June 2019, too late for any survey feedback. It’s open from breakfast on – at lunch and thereafter the main menu offering is pizza.
7. Bubala Middle Eastern restaurant in Tower Hamlets 65 Commercial Street - E1
Following a number of sell-out events across London, this Middle Eastern venture’s first permanent site opened near Spitalfields as we went to press. The team’s CVs incorporate Berber & Q and also The Palomar family; a boldy-flavoured, fully vegetarian menu of sharing plates is promised, inspired by Tel Aviv’s modern cafés.
8. Silo British, Modern restaurant in Tower Hamlets The White Building, Unit 7 Queens Yard, White Post Lane - E9
Due to land in October, Brighton’s zero-waste restaurant Silo is coming to London after a half-million-pound crowdfund by chef Doug McMaster. With a similar eco-gourmet formula to the original, it’s going to occupy the first floor of Crate, Hackney Wick’s grungily-groovy pizza-and-microbrewery haunt, near the Olympic Park.
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