London-based food writer Olia Hercules shares four Eastern European pitstops she can’t live without.
NORTH-WEST: Beetroot Deli
‘I love the poppy-seed rolls and curd cheese cake (twarog) – but they do good soups and stews, too.’ 92 Fleet Rd, NW3 2QX. Hampstead Heath Overground.
CENTRAL: Lounge Bohemia
‘The owner of this hole-in-the-wall bar is Czech and there are excellent Czech-inspired canapés, modern cocktails and a subtle Eastern European vibe.’ 1e Great Eastern St, EC2A 3EJ. Shoreditch High St Overground.
NORTH: Autograf Grill
‘This place is really local to me so it’s where I get my Tyskie (Polish beer), zurek (sour rye soup) or smalec (pork fat spread) fixes from.’ 499 Green Lanes, Harringay, N4 1AL. Harringay Green Lanes rail.
EAST: Little Georgia
‘Little Georgia is a small and really sweet cafés where the staff are always lovely. I come here for the hatchapuri (Georgian cheese bread) and the atmosphere.’ 87 Goldsmith’s Row, E2 8QR. Liverpool St.
Olia Hercules’s first cookbook, ‘Mamushka’, is published this month (£25).
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