East London’s first Hawaiian restaurant is a smart addition to the somewhat scruffy Kingsland Road. But don’t be put off by Dalston’s rough and ready feel, it’s all part of its charm. Well-known chefs and restauranteurs have been flocking there over the last few years, the former head chef from Dock Kitchen, Stevie Parle, recently opened Rotarino a few doors up. Pond serves up imaginative dishes, that draw on flavours from all over the pacific. Try the Hawaiian speciality, Poke ‘Ahi or if you’re not feeling adventurous then the wok-fried fish tacos are a fail-safe choice.
Unit G2, Stamford Works, 3 Gillett Street, London N16 8JH
Nearest tube: Dalston Kingsland Overground