I love Burmese food and was very excited to see the menu at Lahpet in Hackney. We booked a table last weekend and it was a great experience – definitely recommended if you like Burmese food.
The tea leaf salad was probably the prettiest presentation I’ve seen, with big lumps of multi-colored tomato. I had mixed feelings about the tomatoes – the tea leaves were whole and some bites of the salad were all tomato, no leaf, which was a shame because I love the prominent earthy, funky flavor of tea leaves paired with the crunch of nuts and pulses. More crunch + more leaf, please.
Coconut noodles with chicken was rich and gravy-like sauce with a hefty amount of chicken thigh and a boiled egg. My husband loved the slow-braised pork belly with crackling and fermented soy bean sauce.
Lahpet is in residence at Tuck Shop, a coworking space in Hackney which is available for desk rental on weekdays, so the restaurant is only open at night and on weekends. I’m not sure how long they’ll be there, but if you like Burmese food, it’s worth going.