Money put on the table for Haggerston eateries

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THE NUMBER of investors showing faith in the ability of Hackney people to eat their way out of recession shows no sign of easing.

One of the latest is Trip Kitchen, at Arch 339 Acton Mews E8 4EA, in the vicinity of the above, which is, it says, “spearheading modern Turkish cuisine”. That sounds promising for Hackneyites increasingly jaded by the autopilot servings prevalent in Dalston’s Turkish eateries.

Trip, in the heart of Haggerston and curiously describing itself as “near the foodie hub of Broadway Market”, is proud of the chef it has hired, Selin Kiazim, who apparently was in charge of the kitchen at Peter Gordon’s Kopapa restaurant in Covent Garden. 

She says her new menu features Turkish-fusion dishes, with flavours inspired by her travels.

Alex Godfrey is her publicist. But her take on the Northeast London food scene is worth hearing. 

She told Loving Dalston there has a been “a boom in well-regarded restaurants” popping up in Haggerston. “The area, squeezed between Dalston, Shoreditch, London Fields and Hoxton, is,” she says, “a little-known part of town, despite its trendy neighbours. 

Thanks to the East London Line and trendy new bars, restaurants and coffee shops, this small neighbourhood is, I think, about to become big news.”

 New restaurant launches in the district include:

* Tonkotsu East, part of a small ramen (fast-cooked noodles) chain;  

* Mussel Men, (nothing to do with Islam), a new fulltime home for a Hackney popup;

* Smokey Tails, street-fooder known for smoked meats, sets up a winter residency;

* Proud Archivist, bar, restaurant, gallery and events space, opened late last year.

Up in Dalston, the licensed Arcola Bar is now serving hot food, in its words, “a variety of Southern Mediterranean dishes, both meat and vegetarian”. The bar says it tries to source locally and to use organic and sustainable materials.

Gujarat Rasoi, the vegetarian stylist in Bradbury Street, has expanded from its impossibly small premises.  Let’s hope the servings have also expanded.

Farr's School of Dancing bar 140113 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Dalston Lane delight: Farr’s School of Dancing

The well-situated bar (opposite Dalston Junction station) Farr’s School of Dancing opened its kitchen this month, offering, in its words, “a carefully constructed British menu both for dining and light snacking”. It is “not fazed” by vegetarian requests.

Aiming to open next to Cafe Route is Le Ziz. Restaurateur Sahin Koc told Loving Dalston that though the name looked French, it was based on the Turkish for “taste”. Opening was planned for early next month February 2014.

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* Backstory: Proud Archivist helps its rival

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