A meeting point for fashion followers, and trendsetters, Shoreditch has become one of the coolest districts in London with a foodie scene to match. Cecilia Strada gives us the lowdown on the hottest places to eat in E2
Boundary Building, 2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD.
A landmark shopping and eating destination since its opening in 2009, the shop specialises in British cuisine with an emphasis on homemade dairy products, organic meats, seasonal fruits and vegetables you’ll also find jams, teas, biscuits and juices. Everyday, Parisian Matthieu Cauty is in charge of baking fragrant homemade bread: from sourdough to French baguettes, seed to fruit and herbs bread. Buns, pain aux chocolat, croissants, pain aux raisin, pies and macarons are constantly taken out of the Albion’s oven.
58 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP.
Breakfast at Allpress Espresso is a must due to its raw coffee, but you’ll also find a wide selection of craft beers. Frequented by local residents, the menu offers a selection of original sandwiches, breakfast dishes (including a full English) and quick but tasty recipes for lunch breaks as well as great cookies and delicious chocolate croissants. Follow the coffee smell on Redchurch Street, you will find it easily!
LES TROIS GARCONS
1 Club Row, E2 7DJ.
Unquestionably the most original restaurant in Shoreditch. Born as a private residence by a group of art collectors in an old refurbished Victorian pub, Les Trois Garçons offers a clever mix of simple and refined French cuisine. The dining room is a riot of vintage objects and stuffed animals wearing crowns, diadems, necklaces and bracelets. Moreover, you can also book the ‘chef’s table’ for a more private meal overlooking the kitchen. The menu designed by Michael Chan is French, with a little Asian influence. Foie Gras, snails in garlic and chilli sauce, “beurre blanc” with Chateaubriand… yum!
Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ.
Lyle’s is the new home of James Lowe, one of the most promising young chefs in London. The dining room is bright, spacious, and characterised by bricks, tiles and wooden window frames. The fixed menu changes daily, and products come from a network of farmers and suppliers specifically selected by the chef, with homemade pickles and jams also available. Creative and fanciful British dishes come out from its wood-burning oven. Take advantage of Lyle’s on your way to work: you will find freshly baked bread and great coffee coming from London’s Square Mile coffee roasters.
56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ.
The place to eat great pizza in London. Not only does the restaurant serve food made from quality ingredients, but the surroundings remind you of how cool Shoreditch is: the industrial decor pays tribute to the history of the building with concrete walls and exposed beams, pipes and pillars, leather seats and refectory tables. The setting is perhaps a bit too dark in the evening, but definitely cosy. Simplicity is at the base of the menu that aims to offer local seasonal products. There is also a wide selection of Italian produce for sale: salami, cheeses and extra virgin olive oil. Moreover, the prices are great – a pizza costs from about £8. Not to be missed!