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 95 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. Peg Fusion restaurant in Hackney 120 Morning Lane - E9
In early summer 2019 (just as our survey was getting underway), some of the backers behind P Franco and Bright opened this: another painfully hip, East End natural wine bar (on the former site of Hackney’s now-defunct Legs – geddit?). This time Australian chef Byron Fini is at the stoves cooking up a small menu of light, “Japanese-izakaya-style” bar snacks – including ferments and pickles, and majoring in grilled skewers (lots of them chicken-related) – which are served in a bright, stylishly-neutral, small space that’s very ‘now’ (communal seating, tabletops made from recycled yoghurt pots, vinyl soundtrack, etc). Foodwise, the odd disappointment is noted (“if you want Japanese, go to a Japanese restaurant”) but most reports are in line with the rhapsodic write-ups it’s received in the press, rating the dishes very good to exceptional.
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. 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.
4. Cafe Cecilia British, Modern restaurant in Hackney Canal Place, 32 Andrews Road - E8
Hot news from Hot Dinners. Ex-River Cafe and St John Bread & Wine chef Max Rocha has opened this canalside spot in Hackney (part of the new WMe8 development) after running a lockdown delivery venture and supper clubs.
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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