Bib Gourmand Restaurants in East London

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Legs Restaurant
Taberna do Mercado
Taberna do Mercado
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
Marksman
Cafe Spice Namaste
 

 

Foodies flock to east London to sample the exciting culinary talent on offer so it comes as no surprise that many restaurants awarded with a Bib Gourmand can be found in the area.

 
 

Blixen

A beautiful all-day brasserie in the heart of Spitalfields.

65A Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6AA

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Aldgate East Station, Aldgate East Underground Station

 
 

An all-day brasserie found next to Old Spitalfields Market, Blixen is the fourth restaurant from Clive Watson - the man behind popular eateries The Garrison, Village East and The Riding House Café. The first of Watson's sites away from the Village London group, Blixen sees him partner up with Justin Gilbert. An informal yet stylish affair, the brasserie has an open kitchen, terrazzo-tiled flooring, mid-century furniture and enticing baby blue banquettes. Featuring options such as banana bread with whipped butter, almond milk porridge and American-style blueberry pancakes, the breakfast spread is just as appealing as Watson's other all-day brasserie, The Riding House Café - providing a great alternative to those dedicated individuals queueing for hours at the nearby Breakfast Club. Further menu options include crumbed ox tongue salad, monkfish tail with cauliflower and salsify, and rhubarb meringue roulade with pistachio ice cream. The former bank vault downstairs has also been transformed into an intimate underground cocktail bar, serving old hotel classics with an up-to-date twist, while the outside terrace has been filled with plants, cacti and flowers to create the perfect spot for some al fresco summer eating.

 
 
 

Brawn

A bistro and wine bar serving full-blooded dishes.

49 Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E2 7RG

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 
 

After the success of Terroirs Wine Bar in Covent Garden, the owners behind it have tried their luck with a second venture, this time in the heart of the East End. Brawn, a unique restaurant named after a peasant dish of potted pig's head or 'fromage de tete', as it's known in France, is a bistro and wine bar serving full-blooded dishes alongside a formidable wine list.  The British, French and Mediterranean influences are clear to see in the menu - think artisan cheeses, plates of meat, salads, terrines and classic European desserts. Located on the legendary Columbia Road, famous for its flower market, this promises to be a great addition to the fashionable location, adding both brains and, er, brawn.

 
 
 

Cafe Spice Namaste

A celebrated landmark Indian restaurant.

16 Prescot Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 8AZ

Tube: Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate East Station, Tower Hill Station, Aldgate Station

 
 

Café Spice Namaste is Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala's celebrated landmark Indian restaurant, a short hop away from the Tower of London. Arguably thought of more as a culinary institution rather than just a restaurant, guests have been flocking to Café Spice Namaste for over fifteen years, all coming to sample Chef Cyrus' original cooking and the warm, personable service. The menus are extensive and feature a contemporary twist on traditional dishes from Goa, North India, Hyderabad and Kashmir. With colourful and comfortable settings, including a vibrant outdoor Ginger Garden, this promises to be a dining experience you won't be in a hurry to forget. 

 
 
 

Comptoir Gascon

This popular French restaurant is one for meat lovers.

63 Charterhouse Street, Farringdon, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 6HJ

Tube: Farringdon Station, Barbican Station

 
 

Comptoir Gascon operated as a deli with a few tables until they switched things around in October 2005, reducing the deli counter and installing enough seating for around 50 covers. Since then it has received some brilliant notices from critics and customers alike, as well as several awards and a Bib Gourmand since 2008. Not one for vegetarians, the menu features 'piggy treats', a ballotine of pig's cheek, an entire section dedicated to duck and a charcoal grill offering, as well as several burgers. Only wines from south-west France are available and there is a pre-theatre option. The restaurant is small which adds to the intimacy and enjoyment of the meal. There's no music, and the waiters are enthusiastic and friendly.

 
 
 

The Empress

Another venture from the brothers behind much celebrated gastropub The Gun.

130 Lauriston Road, Victoria Park, Hackney, London, E9 7LH

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 
 

Lodged on the boundary of Victoria Park , The Empress is a popular venture from Tom and Ed Martin - the brothers behind Dockland's much-celebrated gastropub, The Gun . The pub's decor is neatly done and certainly aimed at diners rather than drinkers, with a pewter bar, Chesterfield banquettes and dark beech tables and chairs. The regularly changing, seasonal menu features quality produce from neighbourhood supplies and consists of excellent dishes such as smoked short rib of beef with black cabbage and girolles; wild mushroom risotto with crispy hens egg; and pork cheeks with chorizo cassoulet. Popular with locals and visitors alike, it's well worth the trek into Hackney's public transport blackspot.

 
 
 

Gunpowder

This family run restaurant serves Indian dishes inspired by the flavours of home cooking.

11 White's Row, Spitalfields, London, E1 7NF

Tube: Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate East Station, Aldgate Station, Liverpool Street Station

 
 

Family run, home-style restaurant Gunpowder sees head chef Nirmal Save - formerly of Mayfair's Tamarind - serve quality Indian dishes that are a far cry from the 'bucket curries' (so called by the owner) served on nearby Brick Lane. With a menu that takes inspiration from family recipes and the vibrant, confident flavours of home cooking, dishes include crispy pork ribs with tamarind kachumber, pulled duck with homemade oothappam, and organic baby chicken chargrilled in tandoori spices. Intriguing desserts include old monk rum pudding, passion fruit and mint granita, and molten spice chocolate cake with masala chai custard.

 
 
 

Legs Restaurant

Magnus Reid presents this fabulous neighbourhood restaurant and wine bar.

120 Morning Lane, London, E9 6LH

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 
 

Founded by Magnus Reid of Cream and The Rooftop Café, Legs Restaurant opened to great acclaim in May 2016 and was awarded a Bib Gourmand award shortly after. Driven by seasonality and quality produce, the restaurant offers a daily changing, Antipodean-influenced menu. Expect dishes such as lamb ribs with dried herbs and yoghurt, beef tartare with artichoke and lemon, and suckling pig with chilli jam roll. Wine is also a strong focus, with small independent producers at the forefront, and the intimate 24-seat restaurant is the perfect place to relax with a large glass and a bite to eat.

 
 
 

Marksman

A proper east London pub that combines quality dining with boozing.

254 Hackney Road, London, E2 7SJ

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 
 

Revamped in 2015, the Marksman is a proper east London pub that combines quality dining with boozing. The bar, stocked with local beers such as the Bethnal Blonde, is still propped up by locals, but there's also a tempting new menu that will appeal to locals and foodies alike. The food is inspired by London's rich culinary history, focusing on the best of British seasonal food and drinks. Feast on braised shoulder of lamb with mint sauce, chicken and girolle pie , duck curry with sourdough roti and tomato chutney, and treacle cured Tamworth belly with white cabbage and beer mustard. For pudding, opt for the brown butter and honey, which, according to Jay Rayner, has a "deep, buttery caramel filling that has the wobble and softness of a newborn's thigh".

 
 
 

Morito

Tapas & mezze bar next door to sister restaurant Moro on Exmouth Market.

32 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4QE

Tube: Farringdon Station

 
 

Marianna Love and Sam Clark have made Moro a household name with their superb Moroccan-Spanish cooking, and this smaller tapas place next door, opened 13 years after they created the restaurant, offers a welcome addition for the loyal customers who often can't get a table. Cheaper and more casual than its sibling, Morito taking no bookings and offers the chance to try lots of different dishes, "all just as well sourced and prepared, and zingily spiced, as in the main restaurant, for a bargain price" (Evening Standard). Stand out dishes include black rice with cuttlefish and preserve lemon and seared scallops with albarino, and if you need help just ask - the friendly staff know their way around the menu.

 
 
 

Paradise Garage

An award-winning restaurant serving quality European bistro food and wine.

254 Paradise Row, London, E2 9LE

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 
 

Neighbouring the likes of Mother Kelly's, the Japanese Canteen and Resident of Paradise Row, Paradise Garage is in good company in Bethnal Green's converted railway arches. Drawing on "a nerdy and very contemporary fascination with curing, fermenting, butchery and charcuterie" the restaurant "sums up where the best of London eating is at right now" (Jay Rayner). Made up of quality European bistro food and wine, the menu consists of dishes such as Welsh lamb sirloin with smoked potato gratin, runner beans and snails; Scottish partridge with parsley root, burnt kale and cobnut granola; and monkfish , clam, courgette and seaweed gnocchi. You can also opt for a whole rabbit for the table, with roast saddles, confit leg, turnover, offal and rabbit bacon with sautéed chicory, capers, radish and artichoke piccalilli.

 
 
 

St John Bread and Wine

A sister restaurant to the original nose-to-tail St John restaurant.

94-96 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6LZ

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 
 

St John Bread and Wine in Spitalfields is the sister restaurant to Fergus Henderson's original (Michelin starred) 'nose-to-tail' restaurant, the celebrated St John next to Smithfield Market. The second restaurant, with the biblical sounding name of St John Bread and Wine, expanded from humble beginnings as a bakery into a fully fledged restaurant in 2003. The Bread and Wine restaurant is less formal and a little cheaper than the original St John, but still focuses on offal, foraged vegetables, and wonderful dishes to share including whole roasts which need to be ordered in advance. As the title suggests, baked goods and fermented grapes are specialities with fresh from the oven dough-based goodies sold on the premises. The wine list is all French covering the full spectrum from everyday drinking like Vin de Pays Cotes de Gascogne to a truly great biodynamic bottle of 1996 Ermitage from Northern Rhone. What started as a wine cellar for the restaurant has now become a supplier to fellow restaurants, private clients and members of the public with the exclusive bottles they sell perfectly complementing their food philosophy.

 
 
 

Taberna do Mercado

A new venture from former Chiltern Firehouse chef, Nuno Mendes.

107b Commercial Street, Spitalfields, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BG

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 
 

Former chef of the celeb favourite Chiltern Firehouse, Nuno Mendes has now opened his own restaurant, Taberna do Mercado . A joint effort between Mendes and head chef Antonio Galapito, the restaurant aims to capture and reinterpret Portuguese food and flavours, championing specially sourced Portuguese ingredients. Open seven days a week, it captures a day in Lisbon with petiscos, tinned fish, pregos and bifanas, all served alongside an accessible Portuguese wine list in an unassuming bright and spacious dining room. 

 
 
 
 
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