Cozy Cafe on the East Side
The name might include the word 'spit', but don't be deterred: Spitjack's is sublime, and spit-free. Just in the middle of the village area bordering Victoria Park on the east side of London, it's not centrally located yet it's more than worth the hike.
The cozy brick walls, farmhouse wood tables and seating in close proximity to other patrons make Spitjack's feel a bit like the flat of a good friend. The food won't change your mind for the worse, as it's both unpretentious and yet serious[ly good] at the same time.
The menu features classic British fare like roast chicken but most items are Spanish or Mexican in some bent. The chorizo and rocket sandwich with garlic alioli that I enjoyed, was one of the best I have ever had. Because I don't tend to enjoy sandwiches, there's barely a higher endorsement I could give.
Next time I return, after a tube and bus ride, I plan to dig into their tapas. Spitjack's manages to have everything that's terrific about a cozy London cafe, with all of the splendor of Spain's flavors and ingredients. Definitely worth the journey east.