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Bethnal Green / general East End recoomendations?


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Bethnal Green / general East End recoomendations?

siqister | | Jul 23, 2012 10:49 AM

We are visiting London from Boston for three days at the end of August. Neither of us has been in a few years, and much to our excitement we are staying in Bethnal Green, a part of town we have zero familiarity with even though we are vaguely aware of its supposed "it" status, for what it's worth.

We are curious eaters and would like to get a good sample of things in this part of town--pubs, Indian, nose-to-tail British, market eats etc.--any thoughtfully made food basically, and not necessarily the trendy restaurants of the day. Budget-wise, we are unfortunately not investment bankers--60 GBP per person is our limit for a "splurgy" meal, ideally less (doable?). We are also not averse to travelling, although the emphasis is on this side of town, ideally within a 30-min walk from the Bethnal Green tube.

Our potential field of candidates so far
-Brawn in Shoreditch
-The Approach (very close to the hotel, in case we don't feel like going far)

-Gram Bangla (we don't have anything like Bengali food here in Boston, and we love fish!)

"British food":
-St. John Bread and Wine (we've heard mixed reviews on St John proper)
-Viajante (next to our hotel and out of our price range, but we might go for lunch if you guys think it's worth it)

-Moro (we've been big fans of their cookbooks and would like to see the restaurant in person)
-Bistrotheque (someone recommended this to us)
-Eat Street near St. Pancras

We'll definitely visit Broadway market, and quite possibly Borough Market if we visit the Tate. Any particular vendors/shops to check out?

Suggestions are welcome! Also, any interesting sites in the surounding area?

Thanks in advance!