Chatsworth Road: A Guide
If you thought we'd been a little quiet of late, well, we've been off having a baby. He arrived ridiculously early and he had a five week stay in Homerton hospital, meaning we had a lot of lunchtimes to fill. So, over the course of this time we pretty much ate in every cafe and restaurant in the area. Every cloud, eh?
Over those few weeks, we were amazed with the consistently brilliant food on offer from the bars, cafes and street-food stalls on Chatsworth Road and the surrounding streets. There's cuisine from all four corners of the world to be found here and the food market on Sundays (open 11am - 6pm) also deserves a special shout out, too.
We've pulled together a guide to some of our favourite places to grab a bite to eat during the day, whether you're popping out for a sandwich at lunch, having a long, boozy midday meal with friends or even if you happen to find yourself in hospital, too. But we really, really hope that last one isn't the reason you use this guide!
Anyway, dig into the Homerton street that's got all the treats...
The Jewish-style deli you never knew you needed in your life. The fact that we struggled to get a table most days at this super-cute little cafe is testament to their food: nourishing, filling and packed full of flavour. From the soothing chicken and matzo ball soup to the sausage stew, by way of smoked salmon bagels or chocolate babka, this is simple cooking with great quality ingredients, all served up by the cheery staff. Closed Mondays. bernsteinsbar.com
It's the best of both worlds when you step into this cafe: retro fittings from an old-school greasy spoon with some excellent modern British cooking. While dinner can be a little on the expensive side, we'd recommend Jim's for inventive brunch dishes - we loved the duck egg, bacon and kimchi hash, their eggs 'n' grain bowl and their bright fresh juice feels like it's acting like some kind of tonic from the vibrant colours alone. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. facebook.com/JimsCafe59
A popular Turkish joint that covers all manner of global dishes. There's pretty much anything you could desire on their extensive menu, from the full English breakfast to pancakes or Eggs Benny, or dive straight into the bigger, meatier plates like their mixed grill, kebabs or moussaka. Open everyday, 8am-11pm (hardcore!). pivaz.co.uk/hackney
The giant oil-drum barbecue outside firing out plumes of smoke lets you know there's no messing around when it comes to their jerk chicken. Served up in big takeaway boxes, you'll probably be ready for a little nap once you make your way through their super-tasty chicken, plantain, greens and rice and peas. It's also open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No website, but find it on the corner of Chatsworth Road and Glenarm Road, E5.
Come to this French deli for its coffee, leave with armfuls of ripe cheese, cured meats and pastries. Make sure to check out their sandwich of the day, which is always a big hit. Personally, we mainlined their luxurious hot chocolate all winter long. Open everyday from 8.30am. lepicerie56.com
Small, but perfectly formed, this tiny venue bangs out some of the best coffee on the Chatsworth Road and their cheese toasties are something to behold, too. Open everyday from 7.30am and a little later on weekends. facebook.com/46bEspressoHut
A 10 minute walk away from the hospital and Chatsworth Road, this cafe transforms into Chomping Ground favourite, Sho Foo Doh, in the evenings. During the day, there's hearty sandwiches, soups and daily specials that are always worth checking out. We fell hard for their Venezuelan arepa: black beans, morcilla and avocado. Banging coffee and the friendliest staff, too. Open everyday; 9am on weekdays and 10am on weekends. facebook.com/pacificsocial
Hidden away next to Homerton overground station, this quirky spot is right on the money for cheap and cheerful brunches and lunches. Open everyday; weekdays from 8am, weekends a little later. hatch-homerton.co.uk