This is one of those hidden gems in the heart of Walthamstow. I've heard it can be very hard to get a table here but we were walking past early afternoon one Sunday and thought we'd try our luck for a spot of lunch. We got a table immediately. The Sunday roasts all around us looked delicious and smelled amazing but we opted for something a little different - the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger. First off, because i'm a major chips fan i'll talk about them. They're big and chunky which is definitely the best kind. They're light and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. So they're pretty much perfect (in my opinion!)
The burger itself was a pretty good size, it was a very interesting mix of flavours, not what I was expecting, but good/different. I'd certainly get it again! The atmosphere was definitely more families and gossipy women (ha!) but it was nice enough. It has a really nice vibe to it. It feels much nicer than many restaurants in Walthamstow. The service was great and very quick and the menu had plenty of options to choose from. I do wish they would specify food allergies like gluten free etc because that makes dining in places much harder if you don't know what you can eat! Otherwise I really liked this place and I will certainly be back.
Took a trip out East to catch up with sone friends tgat have recently bought property out this way, decided to hit "the village" for some brunch and ended up in Eat 17.
Coming from fairly central we are a bit spoilt for choice when it comes to decent brunch places, and it would be unfair to say this place is on the same level. However the venue is very welcoming and the manager (possibly owner) was chatty.
The service was ok, we had to request ordered items twice that had been forgotten and eventually they gave us a coffee for free (nice touch)
The menu seemed to be a blend of traditional London cafe and modern brunch restaurant, I went for a full English! It was pretty good not too greasy and a decent mix of the traditional components I.e. egg, bacon, hash browns, beans... etc. Unfortunately (for me) my bacon was a quarter of the portion everyone else had and over cooked. The coffee was actually very good!!
The final bill was below that of somewhere central and seemed fair for what we had. I like this place and I would definitely recommend it to people that are in the area.
It can be difficult to get a table here during busy periods, but the food is definitely worth the wait.
The staff are friendly and always try to accomodate you at the bar for a quick bite if the restaurant is packed.
The menu has become more noticeably American over the past couple of years, with more focus on food like burgers and pulled pork. Everything is always delicious!
Superb brunch! The eggs benedict were very good but eclipsed by the smokey chorizo beans with poached egg. Great value, great service and a great location! We will be back.
Good quality food served by happy people. Real good. Could do with a bit more diversity on the menu but overall its worth checking out.
Slightly overpriced it is, but it is one of the good places to eat in the area.
The food has always been great, for the few times I've been there with friends. It might look a bit too pretentious, but I don't really care, if they serve with a smile. I've never had to wait long to be seated(maybe I've been lucky), on a busy Sunday the waiting time was about 5 minutes for a table for two.
Anyhow, the roast was smashingly good, and the idea of locally sourced and sustainable food is always a plus for me.
I've never left a bad review on Yelp but...seriously, can there please be another brunch place around here? In the interest of full disclosure, I take brunch seriously as an American who sets aside 2 sacred hours a week to eat egg dishes in good company. That is why I feel compelled to say these things about Eat17 (great name).
Eat17 is a bad impression of a brunch spot; yes, have the hours right but the menu is tiny and boring, the waiters don't care, and the food is so terrible it barely passes as a snack, let alone brunch. It's actually the same deal with any meal here; I've been 3 times and it's always been blah. Think Wetherspoons with pretension. I live down the road and am very realistic about the dining options in the area, but Eat17 is just ridiculous. Mondragone is a good restaurant and down the road- invest in the 20 extra steps.
Not being an expert on what Walthamstow has to offer I was told this was the place to go and a dept do duly followed. Now, maybe I'm just fussy, but having been spoilt by the similarly priced, highly competitive gastropubs in Hackney this place didn't quite meet my standards.
When the food arrived it was nice enough, perfectly edible (although my steak was not great) and reasonably sized portions. However, I find it hard to remember the food, it was the way it was served that I remember. Everything was "Hey look at me, I'm quirky!"
Bread - served in a mini plant pot. It looked like a cactus. Peculiar.
Chips - served in mini deep fat fryer baskets. OK then.
Mains - several were served in frying pans. Now I'm all for bring hot sizzling mexican food out on a fiery, spitting hunk of metal, but this food was clearly arranged in the frying pan AFTER it had been cooked, umm the point being?
Also, some food was served on bread boards which I find annoying as everything falls off onto my lap (but maybe that's just me).
All of which leads me to the question... What's so wrong with plates? Surely they have stood the test of time. As humans evolved from eating with their fingers, so too did the things we ate them off and the plate now reigns supreme.
I'm sure I'll go back sometime on another dept do and maybe it won't bother me so much next time. Some people probably think "Oooh, this is soo quirky, I like it" whereas I'm just a grumpy traditionalist. I'd be interested to hear what others think.
Uninspiring, overpriced and mediocre cuisine from the people who brought you bacon jam.
Always go here for lunch with the little one in tow. Great service and really accommodating if you have babies.
Best bit though, the chicken burger. It's always moist and definitely improves any bad day you are having.
Okay, so the names a bit punny and the decor at first glance is a bit nineties gastro-pubby, all stripped floors and bright lights. But you know something? This place works.
Happily, unlike all those nineties gastro-pubs, they don't cram you in. There are large tables, well spaced, giving you the aural room to chat without having to shout. And the service is cooly professional too.
But, you know, whatever. Because you don't come here for the decor. Or even the service. You come here for the food. The well-cooked, gut-bustingly large portions of scrumptious food.
I had three wild boar sausages the size of small bananas on a mountain of mustard mash. They were cooked just right - all moist, meaty and flavourful with the right amount of fat. And they're sourced from the butcher (The East London Sausage Co) across the road. They obviously know a good thing when they see it.
Slow cooked pork shoulder on a mound of cabbage just fell into soft slivers of meat at the merest wave of a fork. It was delicious - and properly flavoured too - none of this flavourless lean factory-farmed rubbish here.
Not to forget the veggie stuff either. They went beyond the restaurant standard pasta to serve some interesting looking food. But unless you're a dedicated vegetarian, the meat is the real star here.
Overall, very good value, large portions of well cooked, well-sourced and tasty unpretentious grub.
Loved this place! It is right near our friend's flat and they told us we had to come for brunch. The staff were all so friendly and nice, and the food was excellent. The bf had his first proper English breakfast here and it was great. The decor is lovely too. Overall, an amazing addition to the neighborhood. I would have loved to go back and try the burger with the bacon jam. yum!
Went here a few weeks ago for the first time to meet a friend for lunch. When i said, "I'll meet you in Walthamstow" I could hear the uncertainty in her voice when she said "OK"but when I steered her past the tube station and towards 'the village' I noticed the apprehension disappear.
We arrived a few minutes after 12 and it was very quiet, waiting staff very friendly and the menu more extensive than either of us imagined. In the end we both plumped for the burger which was presented on a slate tile with a modest portion of double fried chips and came with cheese and bacon as standard with an onion chutney. I was delicious and ensured a return visit.
For quality of food and service it was priced very reasonably and after 90 minutes when we left we realised it was packed. Yes, lots of yummy mummy's and their kids but I kinda liked that.
Eat 17 is full of yummy mummies during the day, and the food seems to be more style over substance.
Very over-priced for the quality of the food, but unfortunately now that The Lock has closed, there is nothing of a similar calibre.
One of my favs. Restaurant is classy and atmosphere is casual. Staff is friendly and helpful.
Food is delicious. They couldn't do it better. I like how they make fish there. But everything else is also good. Love going with family.
A really nice place to eat. Spacious with comfortable seats. Quick, polite service. Food is tasty and at quite good prices.
And the location is excellent... in the old part of Walthamstow village.
Visited this place today. Pretty good food.
I had the duck with a salad and bread. I don't usually eat salad but I thought I would try this one. Was very nice and the bread was good too. I ordered a rhubarb crumble which I wasn't so keen on, but it was okay.
The place is really high quality in general with a nice bar. It is a bit pricey though but the staff are quite polite. Next door they have an extension of the restaurant where they sell pizza. I have to try it one day.
The free wifi is a great addition too, I'm always a fan of a place that has free wifi!
Anyway, jokes aside, I would recommend this place definitely.
I went here last friday night. The place was pleasantly full. For starters I had the potted duck, a very generous portion beautifully presented on a slate with delicate toasted brioche and handmade red onion chutney. Main course was chicken breast in wild mushroom sauce, followed by Walthamstow mess for dessert - lovely fresh mixed berries with meringue and cream. The bill came to £27 each for 3 courses plus a bottle of wine. All very tasty - would definately reccomend this place!
Eat 17 how now been revamped into a classy and I think unprenetious restaurant open all day serving breakfasts lunches and eveing meals. The Restaurant decor is simple and understated. With clean lines. For lunch I chose homemade Cauliflower soup served with bread cooked in mini flowerpots! Served up on a slate plate with wonderful unsalted butter. The soup was scrummy the bread oven warm(not microwaved) . Perfect! The waiting staff were freindly and did not hover waiting to whisk the plate away. The restaurant is now joined to a cosy bar. With a great ambience. Tiled floor and cosy sofas and chairs. Well done Eat 17 for bringing a little bit of class to Walthamstow Village.
I have not had a meal this good since I went to the Michelin starred Benares! I went here having heard some good reviews from other members of my family and I was not disappointed. The place was full with a mixed crowd ranging from mothers with children to business people and couples. Service was friendly and efficient, decor unobtrusive and there was a spacious feel to the place. I went for the set menu which was £15 for 3 courses. I had smoked trout with a black pudding salad, Venison with celeriac mash and apple crumble. The tastes were really really good, perfectly matched flavours, well cooked and seasoned and presented well. My favourite was the Apply crumble but I loved the venison and the salad with the smoked trout was wonderful. Other dishes sampled by the family were fish and chips (very good), a burger (excellent), potted duck (very very good), sticky toffee pudding (so good it defies description), chocolate brownie with hazelnut ice cream (good, good, good!) elderflower and gooseberry trifle (terrific).
All this with a bottle of wine for under £80 - great value.
Some people might think Walthamstow is a destination for good food lovers - they really are mistaken!
The ambience is lovely, it's certainly a hit for kids - as evidenced by lots of yummy mummies at weekday lunchtimes, and the food's generally excellent. Slightly gastro-pubby, but good quality and reasonable portion size. There's only one bum note really - the prices. It's ideal for relaxed eating, but for serious dining (that's likely to end up costing less) I'd head across the road to La Ruga.
That rarest of things: a destination eaterie in Walthamstow. So good it'd be rude not to pass through if you find yourself in the area. Must admit, I do like the boutiquey, village-y vibe of Walthamstow Village. It's informal enough to take mates - and dates! - and relaxed enough to just hang here on your own for dinner or brunch in the summer sun (as I've done).
Really nice place to eat or go for a coffee where the staff are really friendly, bar area also brilliant, really attractive but really chilled out. It is a fantastic place and well worth a visit - also try a pizza in their sister shop next door which has won umpteen awards for being the best shop in the UK, and it is!!!!!
I love Eat 17. The food is near to fine dining levels. Everything is Fresh, Tasty and well cooked. The restaurant itself is quite small but looks really nice and is very clean. All of the above comes at a premium though and you will pay more that other local places but then the quality is so much better than them. This is a great place to visit!!
Eat 17 is an utter gem.
Brilliant food. Delicious. Very well presented. A real treat.
I have eaten here on at least half a dozen occasions and have rarely been disappointed.
I'm surprised that other reviewers have found it over priced. For the quality, this is fantastic value, and half the price you'd pay for the same quality in the West End. Lovely atmosphere too.
Just fantastic! :-)
My only disappointments. They have stopped doing the wonderful flowerpot bread - and stopped serving Brodies beer!
Nice place. Good food. Like the Bell pub, doesn't feel like old school Walthamstow which is refreshing. Staff are accommodating. Nice wines. Not ridiculously priced either.
On a recent visit to Eat 17, I found a gem of a little place nestled in the heart of Walthamstow village.
We arrived a little early for our table so had a few drinks at the bar. The decor is quite flash and almost night-clubby but the atmosphere was relaxed and already the food smelt good.
After a drink, our table became free so we went and sat down. The scallops proved a popular starter and didn't disappoint. They passed my wife's test which demands that scallops aren't overdressed - scallops, samphire, bread crumbs for a little crunch and a squeeze of lemon. Delicious. And that really set the tone for the entire meal. They didn't try to do anything too clever, but just did good simple brasserie dishes, very, very well. From perfectly pink duck with creamy dauphinoise and juicy steak and crispy chips to some soft, moist and delicious lemon sole, the mains were delightful. A reasonably priced Rioja proved to be a beautifully smooth accompaniment to it all. The quality continued into dessert with rich sticky toffee pudding, a generously fruity apple crumble and a cheeseboard that had a hunk of manchego on it that alone would have cost half of the boards menu price in a supermarket!
Along with everything else, the staff were absolutely lovely. They were friendly, helpful and service was quick and attentive. One of them even popped a candle in my wife's sticky toffee pudding after she spied a birthday card being exchanged.
All in all, Eat 17 proved a delightful place to go for a relaxed, mid price meal.
classy expensive restaurant in Walthamstow Village i e pretentious nonsense location . The place is full of obnoxious yummy mummies in the lunch hour taking up the claustrophobic space with their Jakes and Gemmas and their one drink for one bloomin hour. So squeeze by them anglo saxons (have you seen the fabulous diversity in E 17 ? not so in nonsenseville) and order then wait 30 minutes even when others aint scoffing. The food is absolutely fabulous and neat on plate. Next door is a deli and has expensive cheeses, breads and the olde hanging ham. A big deal in a majorly Moslem community.The place won't last. Too expensive, bad parking, dead area at night, just fashionable until the yummers find a job/career.And most locals won't pay out a tenner for dinner, know what I mean? For me it was a treat but could never give my money away to that.The food was very tasty, so's a mac.
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