Top Five Recommendations straight from our Community
10 December 2018
We know that a trusted recommendation trumps a review any day; especially when that recommendation comes straight from like-minded people. We’re on an unrelenting search to uncover only the most Less Ordinary places in the world, and so is our community — so you know that each place on our platform is going to be distinct, beautiful, and extraordinary. This week, we’ve gone through all of your recommended places on the platform and picked out a few of our favourites — thanks for the head’s up.
1. Leroy - Recommended by Noah
Leroy is a great Shoreditch corner spot that has certainly caught our eye. Leroy is a kind of remix of that well-loved Michelin-starred London Fields spot Ellory, (an anagram?) earning its own Michelin star within a few months of opening. Leroy is all about subtlety and warmth. Outside, the only indication of it being a restaurant is a cheeky neon sign. Inside, the restaurant makes the most of its eccentric triangular space, with a light and airy colour palette, and marble countertop fronted open kitchen. Expect a pared back version of Ellory’s French Bistro style menu, and a whole lot of wine. 
2. Padella - Recommended by Lem
If you like pasta, and are welcoming the inevitable christmas weight gain, then Padella will be your new best friend. This marble clad Italian in London Bridge is a casual eatery that offers up fresh handmade pastas, and a selection of sensational slow cooked sauces (The beef Ragu pappardelle is exceptionally good) If you find yourself wanting to escape the tourist foot-traffic in Borough Market, than pop into Padella for some truly delicious, no-fuss pasta. 
3. Little Duck the Picklery - Recommended by Alexis 
Also recommended by Alex Hely Hutchinson of 26 Grains, Little Duck the Picklery is exactly the kind of Less Ordinary hidden gem that gets our foodie senses tingling. From the same team as Soho’s Duck Soup and Hackney’s Raw Duck, Little Duck the Picklery is absolutely brimming with great seasonal fare and oodles of charm. Inside, its a hybrid of a gourmet deli/supper club. Head chef Tom Hill, lovingly calls it “a fermenting kitchen, eatery, and wine bar," and with the ever changing organic menu, kombuchas, and a wide selection of biodynamic wines — it makes complete sense.
4. My Neighbours the Dumplings - Recommended by Isobel
Looking like it’s been lifted from a freeze-frame of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited-Away, My Neighbours the Dumplings is a lovely family run dumpling spot in the heart of Clapton. Inside, it’s a mix of Chinese paper lanterns, reclaimed wood benches, low-lights, and an atmospheric shabby-chic courtyard which turns into a sake bar after hours. You won’t find any questionable pre-made dumplings here, because everything is ethically sourced made by hand daily. So whether you’re looking to dig into some siu mais, or an authentic cup of Japanese Sake - you can definitely rely on My Neighbours the Dumplings  to the job. 
Brunswick House - Recommended by Jina 
We love Jackson Boxer, and we love Brunswick House, so when Jina from our community recommended it — we can’t help but shout about it. Inside, the Brunswick House is a hodge podge of salvaged antiques and wonderfully kitsch baroque lampshades. Along with the combined talents of Andrew Clarke (from Rita’s and Salt Yard) who is Chef Director, and Jackson Boxer (whose impressive culinary talent may as well be in his genetics) — the Brunswick House will soon be your favourite South London foodie destination.
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Words by Hannah Tan-Gillies 

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