Mao Chow is a tiny Chinese spot in London Fields making some of the tastiest all-vegan food in London. Their sesame dan dan noodles with soy mince, cucumber, and a sauce that we’d definitely enforce the 30-second rule for if we dropped it on the floor, are better than a lot of meat versions we’ve had in the past. Similarly, their handmade dumplings, mushroom bao, and gong bao asparagus are all dishes worth travelling for. The space is walk-in only, though squeeze-in would be more accurate, as it only seats 12. You can grab it to takeaway, but we’d recommend playing the long game and eating in, as you can also BYOB.
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Hill & Szrok
Hill & Szrok on Broadway Market is a butchers by day, but at night they fire up the grill to cook some pretty good steaks and chops.
You should look past all the kitsch on display at Café Miami’s because their tacos and toasties are some of the best in Clapton.
Morito Hackney Road
The Spanish small plates, the wine and the mood lighting makes you want to be cool enough to hang out at Morito, Hackney Road, all the time.
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Kym’s is a lively and modern Chinese restaurant on Bloomberg Arcade in the City, specialising in small plates and meats.
My Neighbours The Dumplings
My Neighbours The Dumplings in Clapton is a dim sum parlour done East London stye. There’s a great bar and Chinese dishes, Totoro optional.
Master Wei is an excellent casual Chinese restaurant in Bloomsbury, serving Xi’anese specialties that are worth going out of your way for.
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