loti eats | silver lining

A really good neighbourhood restaurant is a gem – it can become the go-to place that you show off because it’s just great. Well, Silver Lining, which lives on Morning Lane, just a stone’s throw away from Hackney Central is exactly that. The brainchild of Alistair Maddox, who used to run Broadway Market for 10 years, teamed up with chef Nick Iacovides to create a restaurant that offers something familiar and a little different, with quality food and amazing wine. What’s not to love about that?

With rich blue hues, plus Danish-designed tables and chairs, Silver Lining is a beautiful spot. It’s modern cool with an old-fashioned vintage approach brought up to date with a playlist to match. The menu is all about small plates and top of the list was ‘curry and chips’ – even the heatwave of the London summer couldn’t stop us ordering these. Big, thick cut chips, drenched in a mildly spicy curry paste that helps graduate this dish into the height of sophistication.

The Sea Bream Ceviche with garden vegetable aioli, spiced melon, bacon and dill is fresh, tangy, and tasty, while the buttermilk fried chicken with jerk glaze and buttermilk sauce is a crunchy sweet exterior that unlocks the succulent meat. Another favourite was the duck breast with cherry tapenade, snap peas and whisky butter that is just beautiful. Juicy as hell, we’re practically salivating at the thought of it.

With a seasonal menu, expect dishes to change, though the price points will still see many dishes for under a tenner. Their wine boasts a strong selection, with their orange wine being quite the quirk. Like we said, Silver Lining is a gem.

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Of course, every cloud has a silver lining and you can find Every Cloud just next door. Yes, this is their cocktail bar that has a rather cute Meditteranean courtyard outside. You’ll find the cocktails strong, boozy and damn clever. Be sure to read the menu thoroughly, for you will be howling with laughter.

Silver Lining, 13 Morning Lane, London E9 6ND