If you’re judging a book by it’s cover, Lahpet is drop dead gorgeous. Nestled in amongst ‘tech city’ in Shoreditch, the decor is ultra handsome and stylish, with soft-toned metals and patterned upholstery. The huge windows (always a bloggers dream) are split into square panes letting in a colossal amount of light. Against the glass, diffusing the light as it comes in, are dark, swollen stems of bamboo, lashed together with rope, with tooth-edged palm leaves at neat little intervals. And the grub, well it’s rather great.
The plates are Burmese-based yet innovatively unauthentic and jam-packed full of flavours – ideal for sharing. Kick things off with some moreish fritters, deep-fried kidney beans, tofu and split pea, with a seriously (!) spicy dip. Then refresh your palate with a zesty ginger salad, basic but very tasty. For a main course I’d highly recommend the king prawn curry, oozing with flavours and local spices and another highlight was the coconut noodles with chicken, the most comforting of dishes and perfect on a cold autumn day.
Seriously good value, I’d say Lahpet is a great bet for a quick working lunch or pre-evening out bite to eat with friends, either way you won’t be disappointed.
Price – ££
Ambience – ***
Service – ****
Check out the menu here.