Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Bethnal Green
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best Bethnal Green restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 9 restaurants in Bethnal Green and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Bethnal Green restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Bethnal Green Restaurants
1. Da Terra, Town Hall Hotel Fusion restaurant in Tower Hamlets 8 Patriot Square - E2
Chef Rafael Cagali’s “take on Brazilian food with a fresh and fine-dining perspective is absolutely sublime” – one of London’s most culinarily exciting – at this East End three-year-old: the worthy successor on this site in Bethnal Green’s old Town Hall that’s also housed The Typing Room and Viajante. The setting is “characterful”, “the open kitchen gives you a great view of the kitchen” and it’s “brilliant to be served by the chefs” (“allowing you to really understand the restaurants’ focus and philosophy”). “What other Michelin place allows you to add your own chillies to a fish curry so you spice it to your liking? Bread is a course in its own right: a large lump of roasted bone marrow with three different butters that you could just live off and be happy. A short but interesting beer list means you can keep costs down if you don’t fancy wine”.
2. Corner Room British, Modern restaurant in Bethnal Green Patriot Sq - E2
“No fuss, not a lot of choice but solid food and good-value wine list” – that’s the deal at this 30-cover, bistro-esque venue, in a light-filled room on the first floor of Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel.
3. E Pellicci Italian restaurant in Bethnal Green 332 Bethnal Green Rd - E2
“Great food and even better banter” is why so many regulars “just have to keep going back” to this Bethnal Green greasy spoon, run by four generations of the Pellicci family since 1900. The unique wood-panelled Art Deco interior narrowly escaped destruction in a fire 20 years ago, and is now Grade II listed.
4. Mama Shelter Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Tower Hamlets 437 Hackney Road - E2
The wild and wacky French chain opened this eclectically designed 194-room hotel in late 2019, complete with clashing fabrics, retro gaming machines, füsball and karaoke rooms. The loungy restaurant offers an easy-grazing selection of dishes to suit the tastes of globe-trotting hipsters: initial feedback suggests it's better than you might expect (given all the competing attractions).
5. Nebula Pizza Pizza restaurant in Hackney 455 Hackney Road - E2
A late 2020 arrival in Hackney – this new haunt bills itself as ‘a neighbourhood oasis in east london’. It’s a large space (200 covers), complete with bar made out of recycled materials and garden courtyard. Everything is ‘curated’ including the craft pizza. No survey feedback as yet, but the general social buzz about the place is a good one.
6. Ozone Coffee Roasters Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Bethnal Green Emma Street - E2
“The smell of the coffee being ground in the basement is intoxicating!” at this large, “hipster vibe” Shoreditch coffee shop, whose origins are down-under in New Zealand. “It has the perfect vibe for brunch and coffee”, with exposed brickwork and central island coffee bar – “the hot brunch dishes are decent, but the coffee is outstanding!” In late 2019, they opened a second branch (not counting Auckland and New Plymouth) in London Fields.
7. The Water House Project British, Modern restaurant in Hackney 1 Corbridge Crescent - E2
On the move again… chef Gabriel Waterhouse (ex-Galvin La Chapelle) opened his first permanent HQ, perched by the canal in Hackney in January 2020, after four years of running a supper club. Now – having closed in Hackney in June 2021 – he’s reopening in Bethnal Green in autumn 2021. The format will be similar, with only one option: a 9-course tasting menu (with paired wines optional). We’ve rated the new venture on the basis that it scores similarly to the last, which won praise for “a fantastic tasting menu, with innovative and precise dishes”. The only critical comment? – “some delicate and well-conceived dishes but some (such as the heralded pheasant doughnut) came out as confused and incoherent”.
8. Cafe Cecilia British, Modern restaurant in Hackney Canal Place, 32 Andrews Road - E8
Down by the canal in Hackney, this new café is part of the new WME8 development. Opened in August 2021, it’s the work of Dubliner Max Rocha (an ex-River Café chef and son of Irish fashion designer John Rocha) who has run a series of supper clubs in recent years. Breakfast (with Guinness bread and potato cake advertising his origins) is served from 9am, then it’s on to fairly simple lunches (onglet and chips, rabbit tagliatelle…), with dinner opening promised for later in 2021.
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