I had some errands to do in Shoreditch on Saturday and so, decided to run there from my flat (it isn’t very far), which only took me about 15 minutes. I was done after about 1.5 hours, feeling hungry and in need of some good, quick food that wasn’t too expensive. I had just the place in mind – Pizza East!
Though the walk to the restaurant from where I was, in theory, only takes 2 minutes, I got distracted after 1 minute when I spied some glazed doughnuts in one of the shops at the Boxpark Mall. I had to go in and buy a cronut!
I managed to resist gobbling up my yum yum immediately, and instead held out until after having my lunch. I will tell you that it took a lot of willpower.
But back to Pizza East.
Pizza East has been around for a while now, and though I’ve been once or twice before, it’s going back a few years now. I haven’t been back in recent times as the restaurant is a little out of the way for me, and there are always huge queues waiting to enter the restaurant around dinner-time, and I’m far too impatient to wait for my food. 4pm on a Saturday afternoon was a perfect time, as there was hardly anyone about which meant no lines and quick service. Perfect.
Despite being a few years old now, the restaurant still looks cool and contemporary, though I suppose the semi dilapidated / unfinished look it aims for ages well with the passing of time.
If you’ve never been to a Pizza East, the concept of the restaurant is a “modern take on the pizzeria”. The pizzas are made in wood fire ovens, with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Toppings range from the traditional to some quite unique combinations, as the menu changes periodically over time in line with what’s in season. For instance, I tried the spicy sausage, mozzarella and tender-stem broccoli pizza, which was just divine, especially after a sprinkling of chilli flakes.
After a good lunch, I headed out, debating on whether to return home immediately via the bus or to run my way back. I ended up choosing neither, opting instead to stay a little longer in the area, seeing that I’m never really in this area otherwise.
My first stop was for some post-lunch coffee to help with digestion, and my choice was the amazing Nude Espresso, one of London’s best micro-roastery. These guys actually have a wee shop set up in the Boxpark Mall, in collaboration with the Guardian Newspaper, where you can drink some decent coffee whilst perusing the Guardian on tablets or newspaper.
Happily walking along with my caffeine fix in one hand and Peter Andre’s Yum Yum Dum Dum filled with Dulce de Leche crème in the other, I headed further east towards Spitalfields Market.
The stalls were beginning to close down as I arrived, so I headed back out onto the streets towards Brick Lane, home of many delicious curry house and Asian sweets and pastries. I passed a lot of street art which I would’ve stayed longer to enjoy had it not been for the cold and wet weather (and the fact that I only had my thin layers of running gear on).
This whole area used to be fairly grungy and a bit dodgy but has really developed in recent years to become one of the coolest places to be in London for twenty and thirty-somethings. It is also conveniently located close to the centre of London, so it tends to be quite buzzy over the weekends and is a great place for tourists to visit. I didn’t spend the time that Shoreditch deserves during this visit, so I’m definitely going to be back soon to see what else the area has to offer. If you haven’t been to this part of London over the past few years, I’d highly recommend checking it out!