• Kimmy Pang


Updated: Nov 2, 2019

Authentic Burmese food right in the heart of London

A little heavy for brunch but if you're already skipping breakfast, why not. Lahpet's menu consists of a few Burmese staple dishes and regional specialties with a twist.

Location: 58 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, London E1 6JW

Saturday queue time: 0-10 minutes (They take bookings!)

Website: https://lahpet.co.uk/

What we ordered:

Tea leaf salad - pickled tea, double fried beans, cabbage, tomato, chilli, dried shrimp, sesame seeds and garlic oil

Lahpet Thohk, also known as tea leaf salad, is typically served as a snack in Myanmar. Back in ancient times, pickled (or fermented) tea leaves were served as a peace offering when kingdoms were at war. Now, it's extremely popular all round Myanmar and I can see why. This dish has an eclectic mix of flavours and textures which puts it at the top of the list of things to order!

Coconut noodles with chicken - egg noodles, shallots, spring onion, coriander + paprika oil, crispy wonton, egg and lime

I love anything that has a coconut-base so this choice was easy. The broth was sweet with a tangy kick, making it even more addictive. The noodles were a little bit on the heavy side and I struggled to finish it; but no doubt a delicious dish and one I'd recommend!

Mohinga - catfish and lemongrass chowder (rice noodles, fritters, coriander + paprika oil, crispy shallots, egg, lime)

Although it's a fish-based soup, you don't get a "fishy" aftertaste. It's energising yet surprisingly rich in flavour; and the sourness pulls the dish together. The perfect balance of ingredients in this essential dish in Burmese cuisine makes this my favourite of the two we ordered.

Overall, a great dining experience in this restaurant due to the unique flavours that you can rarely find elsewhere in London; and definitely one of the very few authentic Burmese restaurants here.

After brunch:

When in Shoreditch, you really can't miss the salt beef bagel from Beigel Bake. Even if you're too full from lunch, I'd recommend taking away some for later. The gherkin and mustard tucked in the fresh bagel complements the large chunk of salt beef it's served with; no wonder customers keep coming back for more! It's always a yes for me when it comes to Beigel Bake and if you haven't already tried it, now is the time.

Coffee break:

After an afternoon of eating, you might finally want to settle down with a good cup of coffee at Nude Coffee Roasters in Spitalfields market.

Have a walk around the market and enjoy the atmosphere in one of London's oldest markets!

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