Hackney Bridge, London

Local Gem

South Indian | Restaurant

At a street-food setting by the Lea river between Hackney Wick and the Olympic Park, one of the best loved vendors is Tamila – the original South Indian concept from former Roti King chef Prince Duriaraj and Glen Leeson (also ex-Roti King, Bao, Patty & Bun) who’ve since gone on to open the Tamil Prince in Islington. This is an excellent place for a sub-£10 lunch of flaky, scrunched-up roti with mutton curry, vegan dhal or paneer butter masala; the chilli cheese dosa should not be missed. Drink Thums Up cola or pints of Beavertown from the central bar. Cheap and cheerful, but there's plenty of seating upstairs at German beer hall tables.