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RECOMMENDATION | Darkhorse Stratford, East Village – East London

12th September 2019


Why I love The Darkhorse, East Village:

Delicious food, good atmosphere.

Worth paying a babysitter?

Yes. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t have kids. My plants are now old enough to look after themselves though (bonus).


Good food, decent wine, attentive service.

Value for money: 8/10

Setting the scene:

Darkhorse, East Village


Hidden in the heart of the East Village, part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and just a stones throw from Stratford station, are a handful of restaurants and bars. And right in the middle is Darkhorse bar and restaurant. It’s described on their website as a ‘modern European restaurant with Italian and Spanish influenced food wrapped in a British attitude’. That description pretty much nails it so no point trying to articulate it any differently. Its not the first time I’ve been and the fact that I keep coming back should say something positive.

I’m all about the mocktails these days, so even though it wasn’t on the menu, I celebrated Friday night with a virgin mojito. That’s what I like about the place, they’re happy to go above and beyond and the bartender seems to takes pride in what he does. 


The Menu:

Padron peppers are a firm favourite in my household (not so much in my friends) so I managed a whole bowl to myself. But I did lose out to one of the prawns as a result. We decided to share two starters: chicken liver parfait with sweet onion chutney and sourdough toast and tiger prawns (one for me) a la plancha, coriander and freluga salad.

Darkhorse, East Village


The parfait was light and delicious, the bread still warm from the oven. The prawns were juicy and the salad complemented it really well. Can you tell I’m new to this food review malarkey? Anyway, it was just lovely. I can also recommend the burrata to

For main course we had the lamb and onglet steak. Both were cooked in Bertha, an indoor charcoal oven. Bertha is a bit of legend if you ask me. The leg of lamb was served with minted peas and Jersey Royal potatoes. The onglet steak was chargrilled with roasted onions and a lentil dressing.

Dark Horse East London

Darkhorse, East Village

Darkhorse, East Village

The menu seems to change seasonally, which I just love. To me it shows that they actually care about what they’re doing. Thankfully my go-to main course – the onglet steak seems to be a recurring favourite but who knows, maybe next time i’ll try something new. You know how the saying goes though, if it ain’t broke…



To find out more visit:  www.dhe20.com | @drkhrse20 on Instagram



This is a Girl About recommendation. This means that it was not gifted in return for a review but paid in full by our writer and the venue had no idea that I was there. We only recommend places we absolutely love, and places that we know you’ll love too!  




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