London’s latest on-trend cuisine is…

The trendiest new restaurant in Shoreditch is Lahpet, which began life as a Burmese street food stall. Burmese cuisine is still relatively unknown in London, but Lahpet (which means ‘wet tea’) is certainly paving the way.

Located on Bethnal Green Road opposite Rich Mix, Lahpet serves a delicious rich mix of food and cocktails. A Jaggery Old Fashioned made up of bourbon, ginger, jaggery, lemon, marmalade and orange peel went down an absolute treat.

Start things off with some fritters – we tried the shan tofu. Great little nibbles to get things going. Try the signature Lahpet salad as well, made with pickled tea leaf. It’s a classic Burmese dish and a popular order.

The most popular order on the menu however is the hake masala and it’s no surprise why. Served with a lemongrass rosti, it’s absolutely exquisite in both flavour and texture. The king prawn curry is wholesome and rich, while the mohinga (a catfish and lemongrass chowder) is a tasty broth. Just watch out for those fish bones! If you’re going to have rice on the side (which you should) then go for the house rice. Works much better with the curry than the plain rice.

Treat your palette to a new taste this summer with the foods of Burma right in the heart of Shoreditch.

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