By Victoria Gray
As well as the famous Vietnamese restaurants strip in Hoxton, Hackney’s got a wealth of tasty Asian offerings. Here are a few of our favourites.
My Neighbours the Dumplings
Having just opened its second branch, My Neighbours the Dumplings is fast becoming one of the most popular restaurants in the area. The Clapton original serves, you guessed it, a range of pan-Asian dumplings as well as main dishes like steamed sea bass, and Asian salads like silken tofu, plus a selection of sakes.
165 Lower Clapton Road, E5 8EQ
Tucked away just behind Hackney Downs, Uchi is a hidden treasure for fans of Japanese food. It serves simple-but-delicious sushi, robata skewers and battered tempura at its headquarters. There are occasional tasting menu events to look out for, but perhaps even better, Uchi also delivers sushi right to your door.
144 Clarence Road. E5 8EA
Hai Cafe is named after its roots – Hai Duong in Vietnam where its owner, known as Mama Hai, was born – and brings that level of character to the traditional Vietnamese dishes like pho, banh mih and summer rolls that it serves. Small and fast-paced, you can eat in, or grab some grub to take away.
120B Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QR
Aun aims to bring a sense of the tapas sharing plates revolution that has overtaken London to Japanese food. You can order a few dishes like sushi, tempura and grills, to share from its extensive menu, or pick a five dish set menu. The restaurant also hosts a Sunday flea market so you can shop and eat at the same time.
178 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0JL