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Lardo in Hackney, London


A few weeks back while cycling around Hackney, I came across the recently opened Lardo. It was a sweltering day and nearby London Fields was teeming with scantily clad Instagraming hipsters, while Lardo on Richmond Road was quiet and inviting. I grabbed a spot outside, ordered some rosé and selected a few snacks. The place immediately won me over with its name, the Italian word for lard, which refers specifically to a cured slab of unrendered pork fat. Said delicacy may be my favorite food, after butter and chicken skin, of course.

I asked the server for recommendations and settled on the heirloom tomato salad, which was intense. Its spectrum of flavors and textures were befitting of such a summer dish. Perhaps less adapted to the heat (yeah I just blew your mind! great tomatoes in London AND infernal temperatures!) were the arancini, which were oddly served with a wedge of lemon. Their crusty exterior gave way to an insipid rice interior with a spicy nduja and melty cheese heart. The rice to filling ratio left me yearning for more spice or salt, but definitely not a splash of citrus juice. The house cured fennel pollen salumi was…let’s say subtle? Fennel pollen nuances were conspicuously absent, but the fat chunks were a delight. They melted on the palate, which called for a fresh rosé.

205 Richmond Road
E8 3NJ London
+44 20 8985 2683

2012-08-11T11:07:53+00:00 August 11th, 2012|Categories: Food & Wine, London, Restaurants|5 Comments


  1. Neil Wilson September 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    I’ d like to book a table for two for Monday 1 October

    • Katie September 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      you have to contact the restaurant. this is a blog. enjoy!

  2. Dee June 13, 2013 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie,
    Thanks so much for this blog! I recently went to Florence and Venice and my trip was wonderful because I sought out restaurants you recommended. Please do more London reviews when you can.

    • Katie June 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      look for the app “Katie Parla’s London” coming to the app store later this summer!!

  3. Dee June 13, 2013 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Forgot to tick…

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