Welcome to our brand new ‘Top 5’ blog series. Every week we will be revealing 5 pearls of wisdom from a member of the Tileyard London community. From creative industry tips, to top places in London to eat and drink, there’s a whole host of knowledge at Tileyard that you definitely don’t want to miss.
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This week we spoke to Chris Coleman, foodie extraordinaire and the manager of Vinyl Cafe. We gave Chris the tricky task of narrowing down his top 5 favourite places to eat in London. Here’s what he had to say…
1.Brawn – Colombia Road
Brawn is a neighbourhood restaurant in East London. The menu is sharing plates style and they switch it up with new dishes all the time. They focus on seasonal, British produce using Italian and French cooking methods. It’s a light and airy place with good, natural wine which I love. The restaurant is split into two separate dining rooms and one has a cool, open kitchen. Definitely worth a visit.
2. Xi’an Impression – next to Emirates Stadium, Arsenal
Hands-down the best £9 you can spend on food in London. Their hand-pulled noodles are insane and the biangbiang sauce is epic. Xi’an Impression is cheap and cheerful with a decent range of veggie options too.
3. Bright – London Fields
This one might be a bit bias because it’s owned by some of my friends. Bright is a wine bar and restaurant. Its minimalist interiors are beautiful. The menu is well-thought out, changes regularly and they source the majority of their produce locally. Last time I went I had the Katsu Sandwich which was incredible.
4. Perilla – Newington Green
Perilla is a young, modern restaurant in Newington Green which actually started out as pop-ups in Dulwich and Clapton. It’s run by a couple of young guys, Ben and Matt, and the food focuses on a modern interpretation of classic, European flavours. I like it here because it’s informal but still classy. Their plating is always amazing and the dining room is beautiful.
5. Westerns Laundry – Drayton Park
This one is close to Tileyard. Westerns Laundry focus on seafood. They serve British and Spanish small plates and natural wine. When I went the monkfish dish served with yoghurt and spiced carrots was insane. So was the lamb with shallots and potatoes and watercress. I’ll definitely be going back!
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