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.
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!
We came here for brunch. And the food was Excellent. Lots of choice and happy to help with allergies and preferences. The service was impeccable. Would highly recommend going.
Great service, food was lovely and amazing cocktails! If you are visiting for brunch I strongly advise to save space for the Apple and sesame pancakes (the plantain as an additional extra is a must)
SO delicious and amazing cocktails. Especially recommend the tempura avocado and the flatbreads. So great for all dietaries. Service and music also both incredible. THANK YOU
Amazingly tasty food, excellent service, delicious cocktails and really long happy ’hour’. We had a really great time. A minor mix up with the bill was sorted swiftly and with a great attitude.
I booked this restaurant based on the look of the menu and it absolutely excelled my expectations! The dishes are beautifully created and have clearly been designed by a passionate, inventive and knowledgeable chef/team. There is a great selection of food including plentiful vegan options alongside vegetarian, fish and meat, so it couldn’t be better for a group with mixed dietary requirements or preferences. The atmosphere is excellent - despite dining earlier in the evening, the ambience was still perfect and I can imagine it gets even more enjoyable as the evening goes on. The only thing better than the food were the staff - they were so friendly, attentive and just plain lovely! Our waiter really made the night for us so thank you to all at Pickled Fred, we shall see you again!
Quite simply, I was blown away by the flavours. The food is a unique take on Asian fusion that I've not experienced before. After reading the menu, I was curious as to how some of the combinations would turn out, for example, 'Peanut Satay and Caramalised Plantain on a Flatbread' is not something I've ever really imagined, but it does — and it does so perfectly. The food is exciting, portion size is good, the ambiance of the restaurant is warm+cultured and the staff have the perfect balance of friendly and professional. Perfect for a group of friends or to impress a date. I'll definitely be going back for more, I just hope they'll be selling take-home jars of their mind-blowingly delicious pickles next time :)
Small, but filling, plates. The waiter recommend two starters, two small plates, and a flatbread for the two of us and even with only one starter (lotus root crisps) it was actually (slightly) too much. We followed the lotus root crisps with a stunning octopus - tender but crispy! - and beef shin with marrow bone - spicy and done perfectly! We chose the Yuzu Avocado flatbread with homemade chili jam - outstanding! Reasonably priced with excellent service and friendly staff! Our first meal since arriving in London on holiday and we have decided we have to go back (at least) once before ending out holiday! There are many, many wonderful restaurants in London, we know, but this was a very special treat!
Fantastic cocktails, pickles and service. We will definitely be recommending Pickled Fred to friends, and will be back to finish trying out the cocktail menu and will try more of the food menu.
Friendly and efficient staff,great atmosphere, lovely to see so many smiling faces. Cocktails were amazing it was great to be able to choose from such an array and the guy mixing them really knew what he was doing. So nice to go somewhere a bit different without feeling uncomfortable. Oh and yes we all enjoyed our food.
We had a great evening here, the owners made us feel really welcome in addition to such a nice atmosphere - interior done really nicely, great music and well lit, with fantastic drinks and food - inventive flavourful menu for both, with a broad variety of choice for taste & dietary preferences. I will definitely come back!