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If you’re in town and want a break from eating inside Frieze or Sunday Art Fairs try places below. Jasper Joffe is a painter, curator and writer. He’s the founder of Free Art Fair.
I only eat in about 4 places, because I am fussy and insanely particular. I eat dim sum at “London Chinatown” restaurant which is a confusing name for a restaurant at 27 Gerard Street. I would only ever eat the dim sum there and not the regular menu. For roast pork and duck I used to always go to Canton on Newport Place, the roast meats are served cold which is how I like them on warm rice. But it’s changed owners so can’t guarantee its reliability.
In the east Tayyabs in Whitechapel is too busy and noisy, but the food is excellent. In Dalston everyone rightly raves about Mangal Ocakbasi on Arcola Street and the grilled meat is great. For those on a budget get a chicken tikka massala from Tescos and heat it up in your microwave. Most of the restaurants on Brick Lane are appalling, except the ones which look like cafeterias and even these are just ok. Good for a snack on old street is Keu which does a nice Vietnamese baguette.
If you venture as far as Leyton you can’t beat a kebab roll made with seekh kekabs on a freshly made naan if you can find the right place. £1.99 well spent