Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Whitechapel
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Whitechapel restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 12 restaurants in Whitechapel and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Whitechapel restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Whitechapel Restaurants
1. Lahore Kebab House Pakistani restaurant in Whitechapel 2-10 Umberston St - E1
“OMG!! Do not judge a book by its cover!” “The grand-daddy of cheap ’n’ cheerful Pakistani kebab joints” in Whitechapel has been “an East End staple” since it opened in 1972. A “huge, echoey, tiled room, with big screens showing cricket”, it’s “such amazing value” and “so damn consistent, it just keeps getting bigger, busier and better”. Top Tip – “step in at the off-licence next door for your booze”. Top Menu Tips – “the chops are special”, and it serves “the best chicken tikka ever”.
2. Sichuan Folk Chinese restaurant in Whitechapel 32 Hanbury St - E1
The “strongly authentic Sichuan food” at this “fairly basic” Brick Lane venue “may not be the best in London, but nonetheless offers a properly ‘ma la’ (numbingly spicy) experience”. It’s particularly “good value for lunch”.
3. Tayyabs Pakistani restaurant in Whitechapel 83 Fieldgate St - E1
“Queues are mad!” at this “always crazy” and “fantastically good-value” 500-seater, Punjabi BYO in the East End, which is “busy even into the late hours”, and a serious rival to the older Lahore five minutes’ walk away. Everything is “simply delicious”, with “the real highlights being the sizzling and smoking tandoori plates”: lamb chops in particular “always hit the mark”, but “everything is so fresh”.
4. Chicken Shop & Dirty Burger Chicken restaurant in Whitechapel 27a Mile End Rd - E1
“High-quality burgers” hit the spot at this funky small chain which “does the simple things well”. The outlets are “fab for families and kids – there’s something for everyone and puddings are a great crowd-pleaser”.
5. The Stable Pizza restaurant in Whitechapel 16-18 Whitechapel Road - E1
2017 Review: First London outpost of a 13-site British chain, specialising in pizza, pies and featuring 80 craft ciders, which opened in Whitechapel in April 2016. All early ratings say the food’s not bad, but there are some gripes: “a 4-chilli rated pizza had ZERO heat. It didn’t have balls!”
6. Leman Street Tavern British, Modern restaurant in Whitechapel 31 Leman Street - E1
Geronimo Inns add another gastropub to their stable with this Whitechapel tavern offering signature dishes of ox cheek and bone marrow pie and Dingley Dell pork. There's also a range of wines and 30 whiskies.
8. Chuck Burger Burgers, etc restaurant in Whitechapel 4 Commercial Street - E1
2017 Review: Little sister to Spitalfield’s BBQ spot Hot Box, this burger bar opened in summer 2016 in a renovated ‘classic East End London caff’ in Whitechapel after a stint at Street Feast’s Hawker House.
9. Amber Middle Eastern restaurant in Whitechapel 21 Piazza Walk - E1
2019 Review: This bright, attractively decorated, new Middle Eastern café opened in Whitechapel in early 2018. No survey feedback yet, but its modern take on Moorish cuisine looks promising.
10. Cereal Grind British, Modern restaurant in Whitechapel New Road Hotel, 103-107 New Road - E1
Café in Whitechapel’s New Road Hotel serving nothing but breakfast cereal. Build your own bowl by adding fruit, maltesers, chocolate buttons or mini marshmallows, with your choice of 10 different milks.
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