• Burmese• Shoreditch

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About the restaurant

Co-founders Dan Anton and Zaw Mahesh started Lahpet as a roving supper club before opening it as a permanent site on Bethnal Green Road. The restaurant is one of only a handful serving authentic versions of the cuisine of Myanmar in the capital.

If you're unfamiliar with Burmese food, you might find parallels with its neighbours' cuisines in Thailand and Vietnam in its curries and noodle dishes. There's also a tangible focus on fermented foods (like its eponymous dish, lahpet thohk, a salad of pickled tea leaves).

There's an easygoing vibe at the venue, which makes full use of a large bar area with wraparound seating, and the same bar stools surround small high tables in most of the dining room. There are booths available – recommended if you're settling in for a long meal with friends.

Reviews from the Web

Critic reviews

The Infatuation

A familiar ‘former-food stall-turned-bricks’ story, Lahpet does pretty decent modern Burmese for the east London faithful.

The Guardian

In the days following my dinner at Lahpet on London’s Bethnal Green Road, I could often be found fridge-hanging, teaspoon in hand. I was waiting for the moment when, unwatched, I could take a crafty scoop from one of the white, resealable bags of balachaung that I had smuggled home with me, so I could eat it neat


I’d go back, and order the braised aubergine, the lamb lahpet with baby carrots, and a scoop of the lime and ginger ice cream. The Burmese are coming and they’re quite keen that we eat tea leaves. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

The Telegraph

My tongue hardly knew whether it was coming or going'

Time Out

The Shoreditch reboot of a popular Burmese restaurant originally in Hackney.

The Nudge

This permanent site is a stunner: floor-to-ceiling windows framed in bamboo flood light onto the furnishings, all made from varying textures of wood. The walls are lined with jarred Burmese spices & pickles, and cutting through it all is a long cocktail bar with shades of industrial concrete.