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Lardo, Hackney

After spending the day at the Olympic park we decided that the largest McDonalds in the world wasn’t going to cut it for dinner so we bussed it to a restaurant in Hackney called Lardo. Only recently opened, it came highly recommended by a foodie friend. Named after an Italian cold cut the pizza and charcuteries restaurant has a small rustic menu and a pared back industrial interior.

Lardo Hackney

We had three delicious courses. For starters we had Testun al Barolo, a strong cheese served with warm figs and Arancini N’duja Mozzarella – rice balls with a mozzarella and very spicy sausage in the centre. For the mains we were tempted by the wood fired pizza (from the bling pizza oven) but we both decided that the rabbit looked too good to pass up. Served in a salty broth with peas and pancetta, the delicious slow cooked meat fell off the bone. For pudding we shared a sublime flourless chocolate cake and Zupa Inglese – an Italian trifle.  This ridiculous amount of food was washed down with a meaty bottle of Syrah.

Lardo

We were impressed with every course, the interior  and the service but I have to say we were let down by the coffee. The espressos were too small and bitter for our liking but that’s not going to stop us going back or recommending Lardo to our East London friends.

The Rabbit was divine. I planned to take a photo of the pudding too but unfortunately we devoured it too quickly.

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