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SquareMeal Review of Alfi

With an expansive terrace that looks out onto the bustle of Spitalfields Market, Alfi has nabbed itself a prime bit of East London real estate. Despite the wealth of options around here, there aren’t many better places to plonk yourself, tired and hungry after battling the tidal crowds, and Alfi’s easy-going menu feels smartly designed to appeal to all-comers. This is a leisurely spot to enjoy a bit of aperitivo, a glass of wine with a friend or a no-holds-barred dinner, all within the atmosphere of one of London’s busiest markets.

There’s plenty of room inside, but lots of the fun remains outside - not just tables but also a pair of dart boards and even a couple of boules (or bocce) lanes, available to hire by the half hour. Throw in Alfi’s significant choice of wines on tap, and this becomes a pretty fantastic place to while away an afternoon in the company of your friends. Incidentally, Alfi hosts lots of group bookings for parties too.

On the food front, Alfi serves up comfort food galore, centred largely around Italian classics. There are some excellent snacks to pick at among the antipasti, but a handful of pasta plates are good too - the bucatini cacio e pepe is something that few restaurants get right, but this one is very good, with al dente pasta covered in glossy, peppery, starchy pecorino sauce.

Grill items include king prawns, grilled over fire in their shells and served with a lovage mayo, and a pair of chunky fennel sausages with grilled cabbage. Both are good but more or less the sum of their parts. The same is true of the pizzas, which aren’t quite up to the standards of London’s leading dough throwers, but are perfectly reasonable for the price.

With a smart set up of games and activities, top location and a solid food and drink offering, Alfi leaves you with many reasons to be cheerful.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Barbecue, Bars, Bistro, Central European, Ice Cream, Italian, Mediterranean, Modern European, Sardinian, Vegetarian, Wine Bars
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Quirky, Romantic, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
All day dining, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden, Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Counter dining, Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Located at the always busy Spitalfields Market, Alfi is a wonderfully calming spot to enjoy a delicious bite to eat and refreshing drink. The bar menu at Alfi features a delicious range of plates that the head chef Lorenzo has put together, and the bar invites you to enjoy a handpicked collection of 10 European wines available on tap, complemented by a range of over 40 bottled options. Embrace the local flavours with Alfi’s draft lager and IPA sourced from nearby brewers Five Points, and enjoy a selection of bottled beers alongside premium coffee offerings from the Square Mile roastery.

The main menu kicks off with a snack of baked scamorza with sourdough and sauce vierge, before moving onto starters of Jerusalem artichoke with morels and edamame puree, and BBQ smoked bone marrow with a salsa verde and crostinis. On the main menu, guests will find the handmade pappardelle with a 12hr tomato sauce, along with grilled aubergines topped with gremolata and almond ricotta, and a wild whole plaice with tomato, capers and olives. Other dishes include a rich tasting spatchcock polletto with a herb salad and saffron mayo, and the beef tagliata that has been aged for 28 days with a bordelaise sauce. There are lots of delicious sides to add onto your meal, from the roasted carrots to the potato terrine.

Brunch is served on the weekends from 10am until 4pm, and is well worth the visit. Enjoy the full Alfi breakfast with an egg and cheese bake, coppa, salami, mortadella, truffle pecorino, guacamole, toasted baguette, butter, yoghurt and compote, or if you prefer a sweeter dish, try the French toast with maple syrup, fruit compote, crema pasticcera Greek yoghurt, granola and fruit compote.

Menu Highlights

Grilled Prawns with Lovage Mayo - £16.00
Main Courses
Malloreddus Fennel Sausage Ragu - £16.00


What's the menu like?

Italian-inspired small plates

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Private Group Dining


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3 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, London, E1 6DW

Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-18:00
Tue 12:00-23:00
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 10:00-23:00
Sun 10:00-16:00


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