It’s a big call for non-Hackney Wickians to venture out to this local East End haunt – yet if you do, you’ll be glad you did. The Hackney Pearl comes with the artsy vibe of the neighbourhood it inhabits, offering plenty of interior eye candy and quirky details only hipsters do so well. The menu is just as creative, with a varied selection of standard, seasonal fare and other unique concoctions. But above all else, the food is incredibly well-made and tasty. On a recent invite for Sunday brunch, we enjoyed freshly made focaccia that practically melted in the mouth, followed by an excellent Norfolk chicken with roast tomatoes and mograbiah . The latter is a sort-of pearly, couscous grain that has been delicately cooked in butter and it’s delicious. Desserts are good too, if not modest for the price. Chocolate-covered pears are over in few spoonfuls, while the sliver of custard tart was a bit of tease, especially as it was so yummy. That said, it’s a testament to the quality of The Hackney Pearl that we wanted more – and to be fair, once we downed a couple of their stunning orange and cardamon mimosas, all was soon forgiven.
The brunch menu changes frequently and expect to spend around £50 for two people including starter, drinks and desserts – but for more information about The Hackney Pearl, visit: www.thehackneypearl.com. Check out our pics from our recent visit below.