Conran’s smooth Shoreditch cellar has become one of East London’s favourite restaurants in which to see and be seen while eating classic French food with the odd twist, such as a kale served as a main-event dish. There’s an extensive seafood section and a daily rotisserie serving glistening, fresh slabs of meat. 3 Boundary St, E2 7DD. 020 7729 1051,

A favourite of Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman, there’s no doubting Bistroteque’s cool credentials. The food’s pretty good too, with bang-on-trend twists on British classics, such as potted trout and pan fried calves liver with butternut puree and fish and chips. Very enticing cocktails. 23-27 Wadeson Street, London, E2 9DR. 020 8983 7900,

Equally known for its class-act cocktails as its super steak, this East End hipster restaurant is beloved by locals. The steak is serious business, sourced from the top breeds in the UK – Longhorn, Galloway, Beef Shorthorn, traditional Hereford and Lincoln Red. Everything else is good too. 157 Commercial Street E1 6BJ. 020 7247 7392