I’ve grown up and worked in East London for most of my life and the two greatest things I miss (now that I live and work in the opposite side of the city) are Tayaabs (a superb Pakistani restaurant close by the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel) and Il Bordello. Two restaurants which are hidden away from the revellers that are all flocking to Clerkenwell, Hoxton and Shoreditch.
I recently visited Il Bordello on Easter Monday which, as usual, was bustling with full tables and perfumed with the enticing aroma of garlic. In my opinion, this is one of the best Italian restaurants in London and you only need to see the cacophony of diners occupying almost every table to see that a lot of other people agree.
The garlic residue hasn’t left my mouth yet and I’m already planning my next trip to Wapping. If you want good, hearty, Italian food you want to guzzle your face into then make a pasta pilgrimage to Il Bordello.
Two oversized mains and a bottle of wine for two will set you back around £60. What about starter and dessert I hear you say? Trust me; you won’t have space for it.