With its gaudy frontage, brightly coloured furniture, illuminated signs hanging from the ceiling and silent cartoon movies projected onto the wall, East Street looks like a Bangkok street café
transported to the outer reaches of Fitzrovia. As you’d expect, the place generates a lot of noise as staff whizz around with steaming bowls of noodles, one-plate rice dishes and all manner of
pan-Asian canteen goodies. Japan contributes edamame, yakitori and katsu curries, Korea offers bulgogi, Vietnam is represented by pho and shaking beef, and there are outings for generic satays,
Singaporean laksa, Malaysian kway teow noodles and more besides. Accompaniments ranging from kimchi to wok-fried pak choy in oyster sauce can be mixed and matched accordingly, while drinks include
Asian beers, a few exotic cocktails and a fistful of wines. Takeaways too.