We're liking the sound of Fan Tong which quietly opened its doors in Dalston last week.
Located close to Dalston Junction Station, the restaurant (its name translates to rice bucket) is serving up mostly Chinese food but, as owner Wai Wan explains "ultimately the menu has no boundaries. Our menu, which changes regularly, will swing from anything to simply grilled king prawns to Italian meatballs to French desserts and English puddings."
Expect dishes like:
- Skate wing with green cabbage and miso (£7.50)
- Sichuan spiced pork with cheing fun (£6)
- Gong zai mein (instant packet ramen) with pork belly, pulled pork and soy egg (£8.50)
- Roasted potatoes with spring onions and chilli mayo (£3.50)
Drinks wise, in addition to a range of Chinese tea they have some house mocktails which customers can turn into cocktails with a selection of spirits - gin, vodka, rum, tequila and whiskey - to choose from.
Fan Tong is now open at 511 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AR. Initial opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to 11pm. Closed Monday and Sunday. They don't take bookings – there's a bar area if guests need to wait - and for now it's cash only. Keep up with their news on Twitter @FanTongDalston