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East London progressive dinner - Broadway Market: Cat & Mutton, Hackney City Farm, Little Georgia

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East London progressive dinner - Broadway Market: Cat & Mutton, Hackney City Farm, Little Georgia

feelinfoodie | Sep 10, 2009 03:12 PM

we started at the cat & mutton; a pub on Broadway Market. The pub has been open since the mid 1700s when its customers were drovers who brought livestock from East Anglia to sell at market. London Fields was their final stop on the way into London (from their website). The menu looks outstanding but tonight it was their 4th annual oyster night, so we began stop one with:

- sashimi oysters (soy, ginger, mirin, shallots)
- basque oysters (chorizo, parmasen, chard)

and some home made bread and chips... awesome oysters, great atmosphere, very relaxed and bubbly.. and delicious oysters, as always i find when cooked they lose some of their flavour but the Noilly Prat sashimi oysters were outstanding

on to stop two, the hackney city farm

we'd noticed earlier in the day that the cafe was open for supper this thursday night for some rustic eating with greens from the garden... sounded too good to miss

unfortunately my favourite dish - steamed greens with salt and olive oil - was off the menu so we settled for:

- mussels 'pepata sicialiana' made with tomato, white wine and chilly
- home made tagliatelle with chantrelle, giroles, pied blue and pied du mouton mushrooms finished with smoked speck and parmesan and
- sauteed chard, roast beetroots, grilled tomino cheese and rocket

unfortunately we didn't see the side dish of fresh tomatos, horseradish and basil on the menu

food was great; simple, fresh and delicious but even better was (1) all the kids sitting on their parents laps, haven't seen such well behaved children since mexico (2) place was fully booked but somehow they managed to sit us anyway, on the lounge right next to a beautiful old black cat (3) how friendly, relaxed and convivial the environment was; if it wasn't for the fashion, accents and the pasty white skin i wouldn't have known i was in london

desserts looked delicious but would only have gotten in the way of the third stop, little georgia

apparently it was shut in controversial circumstances in 2005 but it is back, better than ever.. unfortunately the sweet blinis and pancakes are only available for breakfast so we settled for a plum cake and a walnut biscuit.. similar to desserts my grandmother used to make - they were homemade and very fresh... cheap and great - can't wait to get there one morning for breakfast

three very different but equally enjoyable places - a great night in east london

Cat and Mutton: 76 Broadway Market Hackney London E8 4QJ
Hackney City Farm: 1a Goldsmiths Row London E2 8QA
Little Georgia: 87 Goldsmiths Row, Bethnal Green, E2 8QR

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