we had a week without any children around and after a couple of nights of cooking for ourselves we decided to try a few different places and after all paying for only 2 of us was much cheaper and hey, the weather was good and who wants to do all that shopping, cooking and cleaning; we finally made it to Gokyuzu in Green Lanes – we LOVE turkish food, especially in dalston, but so many people have talked about Green Lanes that we thought that we would give it a go. it was a tuesday evening and the queue was in the street at 7pm – thankfully we reserved – the food was good, but the bustling restaurant didn’t feel relaxing and it was very noisy, couldn’t hear each other speak – if all you want to do is eat tasty food, then thats fine. but i shall be returning to the mangal in dalston. we had a drink in the amazing salisbury pub, with its high victorian interior – its a grand size and beautiful maintained interior – wish we had a pub like that near us. worth visiting green lanes just to remind yourself of a bygone era. some friends took us to Taberna de Mercado in spitalfields – personally i thought that it was disappointing and overpriced – and i went home still hungry! maybe we went on a bad night. we also went to cecconi’s on an evening – have only been there once before for coffee – absolutely loved the traditional italian food and fun to people watch – people definitely dress up to go there! its back to cooking and cleaning again – but this time Maude made us some vietnamese summer rolls filled with tofu and prawns – yum – home made food is the best!