There’s nothing better than a bottle of Yakut and the tender shish kebabs on the terrace outside The Olive, for example, opposite Leytonstone tube, on a hot summer’s evening.
And down in Leyton, the mezze at Anatolia is also worth checking out, especially now its back dining room has had a lockdown revamp.
Further north, on the cricket ground-facing section of Leyton High Road just before the revamped parade by the Overground, is a contemporary new Greek dining room.
Corner spot Bread & Oregano stands out smartly with its cobalt blue exterior and big windows overlooking a small pavement terrace.
It only opened on Wednesday evening, so the following morning we swung by for coffee and took a seat al fresco. A Square Mile double espresso with a good crema proved an encouraging start.
But best discovery on this visit was the fact that every morning the chefs bake chocolate croissants – plump and oozing, as we soon discovered – in the open glass-box kitchen. It’s theatrically visible at the back of the room, itself furnished with a colourful blend of mismatched furniture and shiny new parquet flooring.
As well as daytime cafe and brunch spot, it’s a proper licensed restaurant, too: a peek at the lunch and evening menu made us drool over the pork gyros – with tzatziki and fries – the open chicken souvlaki, and vegan wraps. The pricing seems especially competitive, with most options being between £5-£8.40. Put it this way, we’ll be back to roadtest dinner as soon as.
In fact, it’s nice post-lockdown to see all the current developments along the High Road, what with the Walala Parade about to kick off, nearby new pizza joint Fireaway and corner wine bar opposite the Technical opening up soon.
Bread & Oregano is open daily at 1 Hainault Buildings, Leyton High Road E10 6RT. Follow @breadandoregano