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brick lane and pizza east


After reading and bookmarking Rachel's post on the top 10 places to eat in London, me and Andrew have decided to work our way through the list! Kick starting this week; we headed to Pizza East, in Shoreditch.

We started the day by heading into Brick Lane for a little look around. It's one of my favourite places in London but is a lot better in the summer when it's full of people and outdoor food and clothing markets. Instead, we walked around in the freezing cold but there was a plus... Andrew purchased his first 'vintage' item from Rokit; a burgundy flannel shirt. You go glen coco! 

After Pizza East, we went to see my Nan who lives in the area for some juice (and tea with one sweetener for Andrew) and a game of cards. Sevens, Swift and Kings to be precise.


We then walked to Shoreditch high street which is only a ten minute walk. It's always lovely to return to the areas I grew up in (I was born in Hoxton and grew up in Shoreditch). Using iPhone Maps, we managed to find it really easily on the corner of Bethnal Green Rd and Shoreditch High St. 

Upon entering, we was really surprised at how big the place was. As we went for lunch (which sort'a turned into a big lunch/dinner, ooooops), it was pretty quiet but I could definitely imagine it rocking on a Saturday evening! 


The decor was really lovely. It was all open planned so you could see your drinks being poured and the chefs cooking your food. The grid windows down one side of the restaurant really allowed sunlight to flood in. Most importantly, the tables were laid out spaciously so I didn't feel like I was sitting on top of other couples!


We went for the lamb speck with feta cheese and pine nuts; drizzled in balsamic vinegar. We didn't have a clue what 'speck' meant but just went for it anyway. It looked delicious but I'm not sure if I liked it.. but I am funny when it comes to meat! The only way I can describe it was a lamb's version of bacon. With cheese. Weird.


Andrew's main: Veal meatballs, prosciutto and cream (above)
My main: Salami, tomato, mozzarella and chilli flakes (below)


Dessert (to share): Peanut butter parfait - something inbetween a cake and ice-cream, with melted white chocolate and brownie pieces

The bill came to just over £40 which I don't think is that bad considering the pizza was huge and we had a dessert, starter and drinks. The service was wonderful too. I can't recommend it enough!

XO love, Ashleigh x
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21 comments

  1. Ooh that looks and sounds like a lovely place to eat!

    Rosie x

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  2. That food all looks bloody amazing. Love the look of the starter in particular! I'm yet to shop in brick lane! Really wanna go!
    xx

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    1. How have you never been, Robyn? You will love it! Next time you're in London, let me know and I'll give you a tour ;)
      Ashleigh x

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  3. My friend works in Pizza East but I've never been. Lovely to see some photos!

    http://adenisewhitey.wordpress.com

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    1. Hey Amy! Oooh what a coincidence! Do they work in the Shoreditch one?
      Ashleigh x

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  4. Looks like a great restaurant :)

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    1. I really recommend it Rosie. Let me know if you go :)
      A x

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  5. Oh Ashleigh it looks amazing - so glad you have taken my list on as a challenge! I'm looking forward to seeing what you make of the rest of them, as I have eaten in none of them and I'm not moving back to London until July. Also, my full list on my computer of places I want to eat in London has 75 entries at my last count; so it might take me a while!

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    1. Hello Rachel! You should DEFINITELY go to pizza east, it was so classy and of course, yummy! 75 entries, woah! I'd love you to share some more with me. I think we're going to the diner one next or the burger place in Soho on your post. I'm now mega hungry just thinking about it!
      Ashleigh x

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    2. If I can find a slot to post it, I might put together a part two of that post! And ahh, while there are some pretty amazing eateries here in Los Angeles, I miss eating out in London!!! Hopefully I'll be living near a Pizza East in September, so I'm sure it will be one of my firsts to check out.

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  6. That looks like a great setting, I like open plan restaurants where there's lots of space!

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    1. Hey Char :) Me too! I think it's cool to see the chef's cooking your food!
      Ashleigh x

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  7. Oh my goodness this all looks amazing! I particularly like the sound of peanut butter parfait, yummers. This is typical that all the good food posts appear as I start a mega diet ;)

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    1. Hey Jess,
      The peanut butter parfait was honestly the most yummy dessert ever. It was so strange cos it was like ice-cream; except you could chew it! Need to find the recipe to make my own! Ohhh forget diets; food is too good to diet! Ashleigh x

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  8. OH MY GOD! It's the first time I feel pitiful for the fact that I hate peanut butter :(

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  9. lovely photos! and the pizza looks super delicious :D

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  10. what a great idea to work through rachel's list!
    lovely photos, they made me hungry ^_^

    Rosie xo

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  11. Love your photography in this post <3 food looks lovely :)

    Kerri xx

    www.lorellalily.co.uk

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  12. oh i just dribbled.
    looks SO good, specially the desert! I really want to do this why my boy as well as we never do anything together or at least never go out for dinner haha.
    xx

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  13. Lovely photography, you talented girl! Those pizzas look so delicious

    xx
    The Young Bridget Jones

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