170c Dalston Lane E8 1NG
0207 254 0322
The deal: "We had a bit of nightmare getting a license with the original name", says Edward Granger, the owner of Hash E8. Hence the 'E8' bit now added at the end of name. Well, a cafe called Hash does conjure up something of a slightly more Dutch appeal...Not that Hash E8 isn't well equipped to deal with a serious case of the munchies. Taking over what once was the Dalston Lane Cafe, Edward and his wife Maria have kept a similar look and feel, but instead offer a range of high-end, homemade breakfast and brunch dishes, focusing on meaty treats and hash browns made from potatoes and other veg, topped with perfectly poached eggs. The staff were blaring out the Jackie Brown soundtrack when we visited midweek and, can we just say, it made our Thursday morning.
The food: Dalston was crying out for an all-day breakfast and brunch spot and Hash E8 now has it covered. The first choice you need to make is savoury or sweet. Although the buttermilk pancake stack with maple syrup (£6) and French Toast stuffed with banana, peanut butter and chocolate spread (£6.5) sounded like a sweet deal, we went savoury. Beets 'n' Sweets (£8) was a hefty dish of chunks of beetroot, sweet potato and kale for a base, with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and some umami dust - which we're told is made by hand in their kitchen, like their savoury jams, pickles and as much else as possible. Things got supersized when the Posh Pig Muffin (£9) turned up at the table, a towering stack of chorizo, bacon, black pudding, a beetroot hash brown and chorizo jam, all encased in an English muffin. It's the most indulgent farmyard pile up we've seen in a long time. The Full English (£9) is another dish that looks like it would see you through to dinnertime and they're also pretty easy about adding any sides to their plates - there's a big selection of items like sausage, pork belly slice, mushrooms and roast tomatoes to increase the feast. There's ever-changing daily specials - artichoke and white pudding hash when we visited - plus filter coffee from The Roasting Shed and their breakfast cocktails look great too.
The signature dish: Probably the Pig Muffin (£8), a sausage patty, crispy bacon belly slice, egg, hash brown, cheese AND bacon jam in a bun. Rumour has it a man ate two in one sitting last week. Um, has anyone checked on him since?
Damage to pocket: A brunch dish and a coffee will set you back about £13, and will probably see you through two meals
File under: Brunching, Cheap chomps, Weekenders, Great with mates, Hangover-buster