Getup_Early's Qype reviews
40 Parkholme Road, Dalston, London E8 3AG
Getup_Early wrote on 31 October 2008
One word. Smokey…No actually two words; ridiculously smokey and thats saying something from an person who really doesn’t mind people who smoke - but when you are literally suffocated out IN THE GARDEN at the front - thats smokey. I know I am getting old when I say the place is rammed full of young hip east end crowd, and that you feel totally out of place. The Bar staff look at you like you should know who they are and drinks are pricey - £3.40 for a Guinness. Blimey.
Dalton Lane, London E8 3AU
Getup_Early wrote on 28 October 2008
In the 1890s Harrods famously said you could buy anything in the world at its Knightsbridge store - if they didn’t have it, they would order it. Well, I’ve found the convenience store equivalent - Costcutter, Dalston Lane. There is no item the store-keepers won’t try and get for you. Imagine the obligingness of a royal servant but in the body of an Arab with limited English and with the demeanor of a friendly cabbie. Spend a few seconds looking round and you will have one of the store-keepers asking what you want. Request an elephant and not only will they say they can get one, they’ll ask you if you want African or Indian. But there’s more, they actually try to negotiate you down. I’m serious. Twice now I’ve gone there and bought a few snack items and have been told at the counter that if I got that instead of this and swapped this for that, I’d save 20p! I’ve also been given free bars of chocolate. Their mission is to serve, no request too small or cheap. They are also open so many hours I don’t even think they have keys to lock the door. They are the Al-Fayeds of local snack foods…albeit have never claimed MI5 murdered their son. Or been chairman of Fulham football club. Or tried to get a British passport.
Kingsland Shopping Centre, London E8 2LY
Getup_Early wrote on 24 October 2008
Before you call the UN to get a peace escort out of there or question yourself to find out why you ever ended up there in the first place, walk into the Dalston Kingsland shopping centre…and breath in. You smell that? No, not the fear…the donuts! Oh my goodness. What a smell! Luscious, sweet, warming…and it all comes from a tiny stall near the main entrance where a jovial man fries small ring donuts - 6 for £1 - that are so light and moist and delicious I get delirious thinking about them!
Balls Pond Road, Shoreditch, London N1 4AU
Getup_Early wrote on 17 October 2008
A gem in Dalston as this place serves up seriously good food. Why 5 stars? Because the food is fresh, tasty and unbelievably cheap! Every time I have been there is always a good sized cue of people and that speak volumes. I always get the meat patties but my favourite has to be the dumplings to mop up all that scrummy curried oxtail.