Restaurant review: Pivaz, E5

Where Turkey meets Clapton, and where you’ll meet the best hummus of your life.


Go: For breakfast, lunch or dinner. We’ve been for all three.

Eat: Hellim & Sebze (grilled halloumi, aubergine, courgette, tomato, asparagus, mushroom, pepper with tomato sauce). For brunch, try Hellim Spinach served on toasted sourdough bread with a poached egg.

Pay: Around £8 for a veg main, £12 for meat. You won’t pay more than £7 for a breakfast main.

Warm brick walls, hearty food and a cosy interior make Pivaz one of the most popular stops on East London’s Chatsworth road. In the summer, you can eat al fresco sat on the white garden furniture out front, and pretend you’re dining somewhere by the Med. The menu has a Turkish vibe, and if you like hummus and halloumi (hellim), you’ll be in your element, as both are fantastic.

The price point is affordable too, which makes Pivaz the perfect spot for a relaxed meal out with friends. The service is laid-back, the food is tasty, and there’s plenty to eat for veggies and carnivores alike. I’m looking forward to going in the colder weather as the casserole dishes look like good comfort food on a rainy day.

You’ll never have to wait too long for your meal, although if you head there at a prime time, say 11 on the weekend, you may need to wait for a table. Homerton’s your closest tube, and there’s plenty to do on Chatsworth Road after you’ve refuelled.

Pivaz, 34 Chatsworth Rd, London E5 0LP

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