If you’re visiting London’s East End, you must eat at the Greedy Cow. Period.
Let’s step back for a second.
A lot of first-time visitors to London may be worried about food choices given the long-held generalization that British food is bland and boring.
However, over the years, London has traded in its tarnished medal of culinary dishonor for a shiny gold star–and in many cases, several. The city is culturally rich and there’s no better place to take advantage of its diversity than in the East End.
I mentioned in my last post that I had been traveling with my parents in London. After a lot of walking and sightseeing, we needed a restaurant that served hearty food to accommodate everyone’s palates.
The Greedy Cow on Grove Road, located a block from the Mile End Underground Station (Central, District, and Hammersmith & City lines) offered fresh, satisfying food, a comfortable atmosphere, and choices ranging from new twists on old British favorites to the exotic.
The restaurant’s website states that its mission is to provide food that “fills your stomach without emptying your wallet”. The Greedy Cow delivered on its promise.
We started with the fish cakes and an order of potato wedges. The portion size was just enough to sample without all of the greasiness of traditional fish and chips. The side condiments of garlic mayonnaise and dill sauce were great complements and didn’t weigh down the food.
On to the main dishes: the Greedy Burgers. The Greedy Cow serves beef that is raised in Britain, and also offers more exotic meats such as kangaroo and crocodile, to name a few.
I opted to stay a little on the safe side and ordered the Jamaican burger. It had the kick of jerk seasoning mixed with a sweet, refreshing mango chutney. I was overwhelmed by how clean and flavorful the burger was without the taste mixtures being too overpowering.
In addition to the new spin on old favorites, what I also liked about the restaurant was that it was intimate with well-paced service.
During our seven-day stay in Bow, we ate at the Greedy Cow twice for dinner and were not disappointed on either visit.
If you are staying in or visiting the East End and expect traditional food to be bland and unimaginative, think again. The Greedy Cow delivers flavor, value, and pleasant service.
The Greedy Cow
2 Grove Road
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