Imagine how many restaurants there are in London? Probably thousands if we think of it.
There’s our staples we go back to time and time again, there’s the easy ones where we know what we’re gunna get, then there’s the ones we wish we’d have known of sooner. The small places you pass time and time again, and never gone in. The ones that tend to be the best places.
To get to the point, we’re talking about Hopscotch.
At the end of Brick Lane, near the famous Beigel Bake and Cereal Killer Cafe is where you’ll find this gem of a place.The menus made up of intriging, small, sharing plates inspired by flavours of Europe, the Middle East and Asia. All with a great cocktail list to go with.
By day it’s informal, relaxed but still delicious. By evening, it’s intimate, cosy, with an underground drinking den to retire to at the end of the night. Winner winner chicken dinner.
It’s quirky, modern decor screams ‘look at me I’m in East London I’m so cool’, but not in an arrogant way. When you add their love for golden pineapples (I know), their unconventional (but brilliant) plates and the basement bar, you know you’re in for a treat.
The idea is you’ll get a table (window if you’re lucky), order a few dishes (3-5 per 2 people ish!) and obv a cocktail or two.
You’ll eat, share and have a top night eating good food with great drinks … and looking at this lot, it should give you a bit of inspo.
Buttery Beef Short Rib with horseradish and sweet pickled onions.
Seared Scallops with corn, garlic sausage and chilli butter.
Aswell as a creamy, oozing burrata with oak smoked carrot and hazlenuts.
Pit Roasted Aubergine Flatbread, sumac onions and tahini.
Finally kohlrabi za’atar, dill, cultured cream.
… and when all that had gone down a treat and you want to continue the night, head downstairs to the drinking den which you can’t help but feel has got a secret speakeasy Bugsy Malone vibe going on.
You’ll catch my drift if you’ve seen the film.
Places like this can usually be a bit pretentious and although you’ll feel pretty damn cool (even if you’re very far from it like me!) here pretence is not their thing.
All we can say is small plates at Hopscotch doesn’t mean small flavour. It’s not just good food, but interesting, edgy and kind of effortless. I mean, who’s eaten an oak smoked carrot before? They just don’t try too hard but yet the quality is still there.
If you were asking for somewhere to go of an evening with a friend, boyfriend or group of mates this would be high on the list. Are you asking? … Cos if you are, I’m telling! GO TO HOPSCOTCH! J
202 Brick Ln, London E1 6SA
Nearest Station: Shoreditch High Street or Aldgate East