You’ve got plans to meet friends for dinner, and you want to go somewhere fun and exciting, and perhaps something involving a kebab. But you’re tired of anything involving railway arches and Knightsbridge, and you don’t want to come back home smelling of an open fire. In that case, you want to be eating at Oklava, a restaurant that cooks modern Turkish food in a stylish setting that feels very Shoreditch. You’ll eat a killer roast cauliflower with chilli and pistachios, an incredible lamb sausage, and the best hellim (halloumi) of your life here. Over-ordering can be a problem as much of the menu is absurdly good, but that’s what we call “a good problem.” Book ahead as it’s very popular.
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Viet Grill is a fun place for solid Vietnamese food in Shoreditch. Come for a group dinner before a night out.
Smoking Goat Shoreditch
Smoking Goat in Shoreditch serves regional Thai food. It satisfies rather than stuns, but it’s ideal for sharing.
The Princess of Shoreditch
Princess of Shoreditch is a trendy pub with a great Sunday roast and a short but reliable beer selection.
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Berber & Q Shawarma Bar
Not to be confused with the original Berber & Q, this casual shawarma spot in Clerkenwell is a laid-back, solid bet for middle-eastern eats.
Gökyüzü is an all-day, late-night Turkish spot in Harringay. It’s a Green Lanes landmark, and one of London’s best restaurants.
Neden Urfa is an unassuming kebab shop in Clapton making delicious kebabs with bread freshly made in front of you.
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Thanks to a lovely verandah and excellent views, the Shoreditch branch of modern Indian restaurant Dishoom is one of our favourites.
Plenty of restaurants in Shoreditch have a gimmick, but Popolo doesn’t need one. This place serves up pastas and incredible small plates.
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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