You know us - our bellies are full, but we're already planning where to eat the next meal. While 2015 was another stellar year for great restaurants opening in and around Hackney, we're still super-excited to see what this year will bring. Here's the top five that that have the most buzz around them...


Before Taberna do Mercado and Chiltern Firehouse, there was Viajante. And - just slightly out from the original East London venue -  will be the second coming of Nuno Mendes' much loved restaurant in Wapping. As we write, he's currently hit a third of his crowd-sourced capital for the venue, so opening dates are probably still a long way off, but that doesn't mean we can't already start getting excited about being taken on a brand new culinary journey.

Som Saa

The runaway pop-up success of last year is hoping to translate into permanent residence in 2016. This exceptional regional Thai restaurant - headed up by Andy Oliver and Mark Dobbie - smashed their crowd-funding goals in just three days, which just goes to show just how popular their new East London spot is going to be when it finally opens in Spitalfields in March, the guys say.


Kings of the low-and-slow, Bunsmiths, will be opening up at Pembury Circus on Dalston Lane early next year. Currently ruling the roost at the Sebright Arms and The Miller, expect pulled pork, beef brisket, burgers and buttermilk fried chicken to make losing that extra Christmas weight just a little bit harder.

Bone Daddies - Old Street

This branch - to open early this year in The Bower building, by Old Street roundabout - will be the third offering from Ross Shonhan's super popular rock 'n' roll ramen joint, alongside the super-popular Shackfuyu and Flesh & Buns joints.

Lucky Chip Burgers & Wine

Burgers and fine wine pairings? Lucky Chip definitely know their market as they open up a bar serving just that, on an actual market (Ridley Road). Chef Ben Denner has taken Lucky Chip from a pop-up all over East London and this will be their first stand-alone venue boasting those excellent burgers and an extensive wine list too. Open now!