On our trip to London last October we visited Shoreditch, a district of East London which is known for it's street art and it's gentrification. I spent a semester in London in the 90's and have visited twice after but had never have been to this area. I loved it! The art, the gritty cool vibe and the creative air. It reminds me of the Meatpacking District and the East Village in New York. Fascinating!
Dark Sugar ...memorable chocolate indulgence
141 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB, UK
HKK ...their Saturday Duck & Champagne Brunch is extraordinary
88 Worship St, London EC2A 2BE, UK
Poppie's Fish and Chips
6-8 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR, UK
Shoreditch Street Art Tour ...3 1/2 hours walk.... excellent way to explore the area.
On a trip to London last October, a friend and I dined at HKK in Shoreditch. I ordered the 8 course tasting menu which featured beautifully presented modern and creative Chinese dishes and after I tasted the Peking duck, I knew I had to return before the end of my trip.
Peking duck is a dish that brings a great memory. I remember the first time I tasted it was on my first trip abroad to Hong Kong age 6 with my parents. I remember the glistening duck being brought to the table and my Dad having his photo taken beside the carver. (I need to find that photo) I remember being taught how to assemble the pancake, duck skin, scallion, cucumber and sauce. I remember the first bite, the crunch of the skin, the tangy sweet plum sauce. I remember my Dad looking at me to see my reaction. Ever since that first taste, it is one of my favorite dishes and if I were asked to choose what to eat for my final meal, Peking duck would be on the list.
I went onOpenTable.com to make a reservation and saw their Duck & Champagne lunch available on Saturday which was a deal compared to the regular price.
The cherry wood roasted Peking duck that Saturday, was one of the best I have tasted in my life. It was "I will remember this meal forever" fantastic. Plus I loved the modern elegant ambiance and the attentive staff was impeccable. Because the restaurant is not large or overcrowded, I felt like I was eating in a nice home. It was a phenomenal lunch and I am surprised that I've thought of it daily since we arrived from our trip.