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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