Tonkotsu Mare Street
Tonkotsu's second Hackney branch arrived as part of the revival of the Narrow Way shopping area.
The once forlorn throughfare, where buses came to an interminable halt in a cloud of pollution, was transformed by pedestrianisation and the influx of some interesting independent food and drink retailers.
This modern Japanese restaurant and bar, serves big bowls of ramen noodles, small plates and tasty cocktails. It's a popular starting point for a big night out in Hackney (with some decent food in your belly).