Search
Get a personalised letter from Santa

Lahpet, Bethnal Green Road: Burmese eatery opens restaurant in Shoreditch

PUBLISHED: 16:55 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:29 11 May 2018

Shan Noodles at Lahpet

Shan Noodles at Lahpet

Laphet

With relatively few restaurants outside its home nation dedicated to the cuisine, Burmese food is a bit of a mystery to the average diner in the UK.

The bar area at LahpetThe bar area at Lahpet

Taking advantage of this gap in the market is Lahpet, a street food kitchen in Spitalfields, which opened last year, and a newly launched restaurant on Bethnal Green Road in Shoreditch. The venture promises to offer authentic culinary delights from Myanmar ‘with a hint of refinement and contemporary flare’.

Burmese cuisine, to the uninitiated, reflects the country’s diverse mix of ethnicities, drawing on various nearby nations, including Thailand, China and India. The dishes, although different depending on the region, tend to feature strong, pungent flavours, texture and a host of accompaniments. Another common thread is the ubiquitous use of salads, which are usually crunchy, spicy and sour.

We took a trip to the Shoreditch restaurant last week, not long after its opening and, as expected in this part of town, the interiors are very muched geared to the young East London professional : Ercol-esque bar stools, lots of wood and green plants, industrial-style floor-to-ceiling windows etc - with a few south Asian touches thrown in.

The food? Well, we loved the salads, in particular the Lahpet, made with fermented tea leaves, sesame seeds, cabbage, chilli, peanuts, lime, onion and coriander. It was delicious and unlike anything I’ve had before. The Ginger Salad and Thick Rice Noodle salad were pretty great too.

Coconut NoodlesCoconut Noodles

Among the starters we enjoyed a selection of fritters with a tamarind dip and the Yellow Pea Paratha, but were less enthused about the Steamed Balachaung Dumplings. They lacked flavour and the texture was a little odd.

For the mains I tried the Hake Masala with Lemongrass Rosti. The fish was cooked beautifully and the sauce, although very rich, was good. My friend had the Fried Bream with Morning Glory, which again was nicely cooked but, she felt, needed some kind of accompanying sauce. A neighbouring diner, meanwhile, spoke highly of the King Prawn Curry and Spring Greens (it did look pretty great). Other dishes on the Main Plates menu include Pork & Mustard Green Curry, Stuffed Aubergine and Pumpkin Stuffed with Wild Rice.

We were too full to sample the desserts (you can choose from Anana & Semolina Cake, Ice Cream and Chocolate & Caramelised Peanut) but we did enjoy a couple of cocktails - a Lemongrass Mimosa and a Jaggery Old Fashioned.

Lahpet, 58 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6JW. For more information on Laphet visit lahpet.co.uk

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 17:30

The Three Lions record goalscorer would like to see someone like Spurs forward Harry Kane receive the same treatment in the future

Yesterday, 17:00

Behind closed doors friendly: Leyton Orient 1 Bristol City 2

Yesterday, 16:00

The latest news from the Hackney Super5League

Yesterday, 18:43

Three men were gunned down in what police feared could be a copycat shooting, inspired by a brutal gang warfare film which MPs had tried to ban. 
They feared the movie Colors - about teenage gangs in Los Angeles - might have sparked off a wave of copycat violence in Hackney. 
In the movie gangs “cruise” the streets in cars, taking pot shots at rivals. 
John Lionel was almost blinded in one eye when he was blasted with a shotgun outside Trends nightclub in Amhurst Road, Stoke Newington, where he was talking to his friends Stephen Regan and Lorne Williams.

Yesterday, 18:00

Optician director Jayesh Maru has seen his way to the ancient mountain-top Inca capital of Machu Picchu and has found his way back to east London.

Yesterday, 13:30

After losing 4-1 at Manchester United Women on November 4, Karen Hills’ team will look to bounce back this weekend

Yesterday, 13:00

Veteran manager signs up for stint on reality TV show

Yesterday, 12:42

Phil Glanville will be put under the spotlight at Hackney Mayor’s Question Time later this month.

PROMOTED CONTENT

If you are an unpaid carer in Hackney over the age of 25, who would like to get back into work, then Working for Carers can provide the practical assistance and support you need.



Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read entertainment

Show Job Lists