With my champion uncles, aunt and infant cousins’ living a three-minute stroll from Brick lane – the area has been a frequently visited gem for ten years. My first visit overwhelmed me and I still experience a buzz when wandering amongst spicy scented curry houses and trendy vintage outlets. I can only imagine the difference when the East End was a Jewish hotspot before they ventured north.
A Sunday isn’t exactly a relaxing visit! Cheerful punters and delicious food make it more bearable. My favourite spot is (Up) market. Taking visitors to sample street food from across the world is impressive and intriguing. Half the fun is choosing and succeeding in a cheeky barter battle with vendors. The other half is eating on the pavement.
My two cousins: Solomon, 5 and Eliza, 3, love my favourite spot. Watching them indulge on food that most youths would put two fingers up to melts my heart. Ethiopian! There are three separate Ethiopian stalls within the market – only one fulfills our needs. Through the glass doors at the Brick Lane entrance you will see it on your right, opposite the Pina Colada stand. Two beautiful women welcome us with huge smiles. The ladies recognises Solly and Eliza and know what they want. That’s service and partly why we are devoted punters.
Ethiopian cuisine is generally healthy. The national signature is “Injera” – similar to a pancake, served with several types of “wat” – slowed stewed cooking. The House Special is the go to dish! Stewed chickpeas, lentils, spinach, a ratatouille type dish, olives and saffron rice compose a feast. It’s essential to attack with hands! Leave the cutlery out and contest decorum of utensil usage. At £5, I’d say this is a magnificent deal.
For me, Ethiopian is the ultimate hangover cure on a Sunday. Rich flavours from slow stewed vegan ingredients undoubtedly perform a better job in restoring a broken body than a greasy full English. Get involved!
Value for Money: 8.5