East London is home to some of the biggest names in fine cuisine; from world-renowned chains to established independents that have made their claim to fame with adventurous flavours and unforgettable dining experiences, attracting tourists from across the globe.
Whilst many would regard the pièce de résistance of food to live in the heart of the West End, Londoners looking for bold tastes, hearty servings and a little eccentricity head to the East End to satisfy their cravings.
Here’s a look at the Michelin-star restaurants that should be on every foodie’s bucket list:
Awarded its first Michelin star in 2016, Lyle’s offers a mouthwatering fanfare of British delicacies in East London’s Shoreditch. Pioneered by James Lowe, who worked his way from being a waiter in Wapping to one of Heston Blumenthal’s star chefs at The Fat Duck, Lyle’s is perfect for those looking for a dinner with a twist. Whilst the menu changes every day, there are also dinner events that go on throughout the year, with collaborations with other chefs and celebrations of the finest coffee, wines and five-star recipes.
Check out our other favourite Shoreditch restaurants here.
If you’re looking for British pub grub at a Michelin-star standard, look no further than The Marksman; awarded ‘Michelin Pub of the Year 2017’. Based in Hackney, this is the first pub in the capital to have won this accolade, providing what critics call: ‘a place to drink with new era pub food.’ Save this one for an indulgent Sunday lunch…
Providing more of an edgy experience, Paradise Garage is the younger sister of The Dairy in Clapham and is hidden underneath a railway archway in Bethnal Green. This eclectic eatery was awarded ‘Bib Gourmand’ status this year by the Michelin Great Britain and Ireland Guide, and is the ideal spot for a more rustic dining ambience for a chilled Friday evening. Where else would you go to order wild boar for the table?
This Michelin-starred seafood restaurant in Moorgate is definitely one for the list. For those who like their food looking as good as it tastes, there is no mistaking that the chefs at Angler treat their dishes as a canvas of art, making it the place to be for even the pickiest Michelin-star diners. Sitting at the top of the South Place Hotel, with mirrored ceilings and contemporary décor, guests can tuck into their Dover sole or roast octopus whilst soaking up sensational views of the City.
For those who love oriental, HKK in Shoreditch - headed by Michelin-starred Head Chef Tony Chee Hwee - is sure to get your taste buds dancing with excitement. Once you’ve tasted their Peking duck (paired with champagne, of course) you’re sure to have found your new favourite Chinese restaurant.
Situated on Spital Square, La Chapelle is London’s ‘Best French Restaurant’ according to the Bookatable Awards 2017, and won no less than eight prestigious awards in its first year. This restaurant certainly does not disappoint with its unique take on household favourites; try the lasagne of Dorset crab and top it off with a strawberry soufflé coupled with basil ice cream for something a little different.