The Laugh­ing Heart

Decanter - - TRAVEL: LONDON -

277 Hack­ney Road, e2 8na www.the­laugh­ing­heart­lon­ Open slightly longer than some of the oth­ers on this list, but still a rel­a­tively new name. Given its lo­ca­tion in the peo­ple’s repub­lic of Hack­ney, they couldn’t re­ally go wrong. With a ca­sual, bistro-style restau­rant up­stairs and a wine shop down­stairs, it caters for lo­cals as well as wine lovers in­trepid enough to make the jour­ney across town – in­clud­ing chefs, for whom they turn the restau­rant into a latenight Chi­nese. The rest of the time, the menu is the ubiq­ui­tous small plates. The 300-bin wine list is in the ca­pa­ble hands of the restau­rant owner and su­per-somm Char­lie Mel­lor, who used to work at Bot­tle Apos­tle and very ca­pa­bly runs the front of house. Don’T miss: the larb-stuffed olives

Laugh­ing Heart din­ing room

Wine se­lec­tion

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