Eating Out – Laphet, London Fields

Following a successful few years serving up traditional Burmese street food on Malty Street Market, Lahpet in Hackney burst onto the London food scene earlier this year with a modern, fine-dining take on Burmese cuisine. I’ve heard several people make wild declarations of love for Lahpet’s tea leaf salad so thought it was about time to try it for myself.

Nestled in the glorious grey area of warehouses behind The Dolphin near London Fields, Lahpet is outwardly unassuming – with a open glass front, large sharing tables and hanging vines, the vibe is more East London than Myanmar. Step inside and you’re instantly transported to another world; fragrant spices and aromatic flavours fill the room with a mouth-wateringly delicious smell. It’s a good job you can book a table because on the Thursday evening we visited, the restaurant was packed.

I was thankful to be part of a large dining party as everything on the menu looked totally delicious and it was difficult to decided on just one thing. We started with the aforementioned tea leaf salad (which, FYI, is OUT OF THIS WORLD good) and a selection of fritters including sweetcorn and prawn. It’s easy to see why people are making the pilgrimage across London for Laphpet’s signature tea salad – the combination of crunchy cabbage and nuts with pickled tea leaves is genius. We could’ve happily eaten a bowl each.

For mains, we shared a few dishes including: slow cooked lamb, pork and mustard green curry, aubergine with shrimp and  a bowl of coconut chicken noodles with sides of yellow pea house rice. For me the standout plate was the slow cooked lamb in a rich, sweet and sour sauce. For one friend it was the chicken noodles in a warming coconut soup. For another it was the slow braised pork neck. You can see where I’m going with this one…

Had we not gotten so overexcited and totally overindulged in savoury dishes, we probably would’ve had room for dessert but alas it wasn’t meant to be. I suppose this means I’ll just have to go back again? I’m sure it won’t be difficult to twist my arm…


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