East Street is a great Pan Asian restaurant in the heart of central London, just off of Tottenham Court Road station and Oxford Street (yikes!) and it’s a great lunch/dinner option for anyone wanting to escape the
hell, ahem, crowds for a little bit. Oxford Street isn’t exactly renowned for its culinary experiences, but luckily East Street Cafe & the nearby Charlotte Street with its many restaurants are there to save the day.
As you probably already know, I’m really not one for big crowds, but sometimes a visit to Oxford Street just is, unfortunately, almost necessary – be it entertaining guests or having to buy a cheap pair of tights (two equally important things) from Primark. It’s good to know that (a very delicious) escape is possible, and what’s even better, very near.
I love how kitch the decor of the restaurant is – there are neon signs, bright colours and quirky lamps and flags everywhere. It kind of makes you feel like you’re in a street market somewhere far, far away, which, of course, I imagine is the point of it all. The menu is combined of different flavours originating from East Asia, with each dish marked with the country it’s from. What I also love about the menus is that they have very clearly marked out all allergens and even vegan dishes are marked separately! That always gets a gold star in my book.
Tove opted for the vegetable pad thai which she said was very tasty!
I ordered the sweet potato katsu curry with rice and I really enjoyed it. My good friend Sandra is obsessed with this dish and orders it whenever we go to Wagamama, and since I have never tried it myself I thought it was about time. Even though I’m usually a fan of spicier dishes than this, I really enjoyed the sweetness and the lovely curry flavour of it – I think I might’ve found my new favourite curry. I don’t know what took me so long to try this!
I hope you enjoyed this little mini review of one of my favourite central London eateries! Let me know if you’d be interested in hearing more about my tips on where to escape the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street when hunger strikes? I have a lot of places I love around Charlotte Street which I would love to share with you guys!
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