Every now and then a restaurant comes along in Shoreditch that really gets people talking. One such restaurant is Pickled Fred, an Asian-inspired haunt with a focus on small food that’s booming with big flavour alongside interesting cocktails. On Hanbury Street, not far from Old Spitalfields Market, Pickled Fred is run by three friends who share a love of Asian food and the continent itself, meaning they’ve put together a menu that’s not only completely unique from any other in this part of London, but healthy, responsible and ridiculously tasty as well. Pickled Fred is an Asian restaurant to get excited about and reservations are essential.
Turned up at the time we had booked the table for, and the restaurant was closed. Wasted half my day in London! Was absolutely fuming!
The welcome was very nice, and the cocktails were excellent. We ordered food to share with a group of 3 people. Only note, the second dish (out of seven) served, was octopus, but it was very very spicy, making it almost difficult to taste the next dishes followed. Maybe I would served a bit later if possible. Also, the soy marinated fruit bun was extremely salty. Too much of soy. Could not taste anything else, really :S But other than those two little concerns, our experience was very good. The service was 100/100, and we enjoyed our stay.
Perfect cosy place for Brunch on a rainy day. I tried their Jackfruit Scotch Egg and Chermoula Aubergine, both dishes well delivered and feel fresh. Will go backto try the Halloumi fries and the Benedict Flatbread.
Ben, Can and Dan are the men behind this restaurant, and knowing that, you may be wondering where the name Pickled Fred comes from. Well, Fred is a monkey that Ben and Can met on their trip to Philippines. Fred was a monkey that stole pickles and, unknowingly, inspired this buzzing, quirky restaurant in the heart of London’s Shoreditch. Funny old world, isn’t it? But the pickles don’t stop there. They also feature heavily on the food menu and the cocktail list, both of which are fantastic. Hanbury Street is calling, folks, because Pickled Fred is cooking.
The food menu consists of Asian-style snacks, small plates and flatbreads, many of which are vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free but still laced with fantastic flavour. Hungry folk from all over London flock to Spitalfields to snack on jackfruit scotch egg with masala mayo, coconut-braised pork belly bao and lotus root crisps with wasabi and avocado. Small plates go as far as grilled octopus or beef shin & bone marrow rendang with pickled chilli and crispy shallots, while flatbreads or chickpea pancakes come topped with all sorts of vibrant delights. We told you this wasn’t your ordinary Asian food. We also suspect your mouth is likely watering now… Enjoy!