Eat Streets April 2018
From Peruvian to Venezuelan and back to the good old English Caff: cuisine doesn’t come more international than E2
Words: Liam Barker
If you want a proper Pho ‘or Fuh’ as it is properly pronounced, Song Que is the place to go on the Pho Mile. Make no mistake; this isn’t fine dining, and nor is the service exemplary, but it’s all about the food. Expect big bowlfuls of warming pho and bun, which just hit the spot. The broths are flavourful, bold, and aromatic just as they should be. If it’s your first time don’t be scared by the tendon or tripe on the menu – they make for the best soups.
134 Kingsland Rd, E2 8DY
Arepa & Co
The newly opened second outpost of Arepa and Co delves even deeper into exemplary Venezuelan cuisine. Arepas are just the tip of the iceberg. At Paradise Row you will find small plates of ‘pastelitos’, light and fluffy puff pastry parcels; ‘hallaquitas’, steamed corn dough balls; and ‘tequenos’, cheese-stuffed pastries. There are also new fillings to accompany the restaurant’s signature arepas, such as tamarind and chipotle glazed crunchy fried chicken, and roasted aubergine and tahini with pineapple and coconut chutney. Set yourself up for the day with its Latin American style brunch: a big plate of scrambled eggs with fried peppers and onion, black beans, fried plantains, shredded beef, cheese and avocado.
254 Paradise Row, E2 9LE
It’s that time of year again when we can finally start going al fresco again. Where better to celebrate springtime than at Rochelle Canteen, with its daily menu of seasonal British cooking? Right now you’ll find wild game, fresh British vegetables, and classic desserts. It’s not fancy or cheffy – just beautiful, simple food. Rochelle Canteen is quite literally a hidden gem – it’s genuinely hard to find, given its location in the canteen of an old primary school. But it’s absolutely worth getting lost for.
Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, E2 7ES
Where do you take someone on a health kick for dinner without compromising on taste? (A clue: there’s a reason Andina is never empty). Its menu is packed full of fresh Peruvian flavours and vibrant veg. There are so many different types of corn, potato and grains, that you’ll never look at a quinoa salad the same way ever again. Of course, being Peruvian, there’s plenty of fresh ceviche too (fyi, tiger’s milk is the name for the basic ceviche marinade made using lime juice, sliced onion, chilies, salt, pepper). Go for the recently rolled out brunch menu, which features some next level granola.
1 Redchurch St, Shoreditch, E2 7DJ
Purveyors of the finest English breakfasts you’ll find anywhere – not just in east London – E Pellici is quite rightly an institution. Run by the same family that opened the doors back in 1900, not much has changed inside the Grade II-listed building over the last hundred years. A fry up only costs you six quid, and there are daily grills and Italian specials which are simple and comforting too. It’s the perfect spot to take friends or family looking for an affordable and authentically historic dining spot in London. The best way to start the day.
332 Bethnal Green Rd, E2 0AG