E10: Breakfast at Figo’s: tasty!
Although it’s been open nearly a year, it’s taken us nine months to swing by Leyton’s airiest all-day trattoria for a first-thing-in-the-morning feed (sure, we’ve been at lunchtime – read the full review here – and in the evening – er, hello wild boar pappardelle!). Swerving the Full English and other massivo breakfast options, the other hungover Saturday our toasted salmon bagel (£6.90) came stacked with fat ribbons of the pink-hued smoked fish, together with cream cheese, Greek yoghurt and salad leaves; meanwhile, meaty mushrooms on toast (£9.50) were piled high on smashed avocado, with a fried egg and crispy shallots. That one probably stole the show; great americano too, served strong in delicate china crockery. Breakfast from £6.50, 264-268 High Rd Leyton, London E10 5PW, follow @figorestaurants.
E15: The Print House: a handy waterside retreat
It’s a slightly odd one, The Print House. Its best attribute is a vast riverside terrace, although we’ve never actually been in good enough weather to enjoy that, but now it’s warming up we have our eye on it for a post-Olympic Park pint. Inside, meanwhile, is a long bar area, with a huge industrial dining room that, even on our Saturday night visit last weekend, was not especially busy. Still, the pizzas – a fiery old ‘nduja and a dairy-free marinara, in our case – were tasty enough, the service sweetly efficient, and it makes a useful destination, post-amble, if you feel you’ve ‘done’ all the bars in Hackney Wick or East Village. The Print House, 133 High Street E15, follow @printhousebar
E11: Chicken ‘Chops’: new at The Olive
Back in the heart of E11, the other Friday it was lovely – but also a little frustrating – to see the town centre properly jumping: a packed Bocca Bocca, lengthy queue snaking out of Panda Dim Sum (Singburi? Forget it!) and roadblock at The Birds, normally our little go-to for an early-evening craft beer and chat. We did however end up at Turkish classic The Olive and, as usual, enjoyed exemplary chicken shish: tender breast, perfectly cooked basmati and a crunchy salad on the side. A new dish we also spotted on the menu is the marinated boneless chicken thighs: called ‘Chicken Chops’, they come blackened and juicy, definitely one to try if you’re a regular. After that, there’s only one option: live music at Luna Lounge over the road. The Olive, 25-27 Kirkdale Rd, Bushwood, London E11 1HP, follow @theolivelondon