Bethnal Green food + drink

Lahpet, Bethnal Green Road

What started as a Maltby Street Market Stall has now found its permanent home on Bethnal Green Road. Dan Anton and head chef Zawmesh are bringing their Burmese-inspired menu to the masses.

Whether you choose to sit at the copper topped bar or take over one of the long wooden benches, dive straight into the action with one of the signature cocktails or Japanese beers. One of the only Burmese restaurants in London, its name means fermented tealeaves, and you’ll spot more than a few dishes embracing them on this exciting menu. From the deliciously bitter Lahpet Sour infused with gin, Campari and fermented tea leaves to the restaurant’s signature tea leaf salad – with a fried mix of broad beans, butter beans and split peas  – you’ll soon find a new way to get your caffeine buzz.

Also on offer to start are Lahpet’s homemade shan tofu fritters, made onsite from split peas, which are crisp on the outside but melt in the middle. Elsewhere, you’ll find steamed balachaung buns with fried onions, shrimp and garlic, served with a sweet chilli juice.

When it comes to mains, those infamous tealeaves crop up again in slow cooked-lamb. A blend of lahpet, paprika and turmeric complement the lamb jus in this satisfyingly umani rich dish.  If it’s a bowl you’re after, then order the coconut noodles with chicken – a hearty broth of ginger and condensed milk.  With ingredients imported from Myanmar, intricate details and plenty of flavour – Lahpet offers the perfect insight to Burmese cuisine and purse-friendly prices.

58 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6JW



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