where you need to eat right now

Imagine if the River Café opened up a little bar, just for its friends. In East London, serving pasta dishes that become instant classics, alongside subtle little sharing plates, and a beautifully-curated wine-list. You're imagining something pretty close to Popolo. Chef/Proprietor Jon Lawson has an obsessive attention to detail when it comes to produce, matched by a friendly and attentive front-of-house team that have already developed a core of loyal local regulars. Get there early to secure a seat at the bar so you can see the open kitchen in action. Stand-outs are the ever-present pork cheek agnolotti with porcini butter and grilled bavette with cavolo nero and celeriac. Save room for dessert.