REVIEW: Gotto Italian, Hackney Wick
WHAT? If you’ve not heard of Here East, you will soon. Calling itself a ‘creative hub bringing together business, tech, media, education and data in the pursuit of innovation’, it’s a growing hub of activity near Hackney Wick, making use of the previously dead space of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Why should you care? There are some really great restaurants, including Gotto Italian – and on a sunny afternoon, there are few nicer places to hang out by the water in London.
WHERE? Ten minutes’ walk from Hackney Wick overground, Gotto is a neat little spot, with outdoor seating overlooking the canal. There’s a daily-changing menu of hand-rolled pasta, quality British fish and meat and they always use seasonal Italian ingredients.
WHY GO? The homemade Vermouth and signature bottled negronis are worth a stop off – but the pasta’s good, too. We sampled tagliatelle with mussels, courgette and tomato (delicious, but a small portion at £12) alongside a few starters – beautifully cured coppa Mantovana (£6) and deep-fried squid with lemon mayo (£6.50).
If the forecast’s looking good and you’ve a few hours to kill, you could do much worse than a stroll along Lee Canal, taking in the one-off coffee shops and bike repair workshops. Or, pull up a deckchair with a good book, before settling down for a light lunch in the sunshine. Hackney Riviera – it’s a thing.
DETAILS: Gotto.co.uk / Canalside, Here East, 27 East Bay Lane, London E15 2GW/020 3424 5035 / email@example.com