Top Spots to eat in Old East Village
London Ontario's OEV is a community with a heart beat. While some may view the neighbourhood as 'rough around the edges' , we see a liveliness, togetherness and an exuberant personality that can't be bought. A feeling that's almost comparable to that of Toronto's infamous Kensington Market.
If you want to get a sense of any neighbourhood, food is always a great place to start. OEV may not be a large community, but the compact area is home to some of London's best and most unique restaurants without a shadow of a doubt. Let's explore some of the eats, treats, and sweets that bring OEV to life.
Momo's at The Market
Yam has been cooking Nepali, Western & International foods for over 20 years. Born and raised in Nepal, Yam believes in cooking, eating and serving fresh, home style food using natural, healthy & tasty ingredients. He literally and figuratively caters to the tastes of his customers
TNT Tabanca offers up the incredible flavours of Trinidad. This is a take out restaurant run by a lovely couple that uses only the freshest ingredients. While the whole menu is worth trying, we highly recommend their 'doubles' or rotis. Owner Arun grew up in Trinidad and learned the tricks of the trade from his auntie 'Seema’.
Yaya's Kitchen & Supper Club
Yaya's is such a special place. Operated by husband and wife, Maryam and Malvin Wright. Beginning in their backyard in 2017, Yaya’s Kitchen slowly spilled into the kitchen and dining room. They held monthly pop-up events featuring foods from Northern Nigeria and the Sahel region. Friends and strangers were introduced to new tastes, aromas, and preparations. They held their first Supper Club in 2019, resulting in tremendous success and have never looked back.
Truly a staple for Vietnamese food in London. Vietnam Restaurant in located almost directly across from 100 Kellogg Lane and their massive menu offers something for every palate. They have won multiple awards locally and they have a wide variety of rice, noodle and soup dishes to choose from. Highly recommend the salted breaded shrimp. It's a game changer.
Aroma of India
Here at Dine, we LOVE Indian food. When asked what we'd consider to be our favourite indian restaurant in London, the answer is always Aroma of India.
The dishes are just so rich, flavourful and authentic. We highly recommend their vindaloo if you like a little spice in your life or for the less adventurous, their butter chicken is the perfect dish to start with.
True Taco has operated out of multiple locations across the city but owner Jo has found her home in the Western Fair Market of OEV.
Specializing in Mexican and Salvadorian food, the food here is authentic and as delicious as it gets. Jo grew up working in the restaurant with her parents and has now taken over
Tony's Famous Italian
If you grew up in London, you must know that Tony's Famous Italian is iconic. Established in 1961 this is a longstanding staple in OEV that needs to be mentioned in the mount rushmore of pizza in London.
Their Panzarotti is a must try as well.
Located inside of the Western Fair Market, Bake Vibes is a good vibes and good food only kind of spot. Her handmade ice cream and baked goods are truly to die for.
Bake Vibes has some incredibly unique flavour combinations that you didn't know you needed but when when you try them for the first time, you'll realize exactly what you were missing. Her monstrous ice cream sandwiches and another must try.
Doughboy's is undoubtedly a top five spot for pizza in London and we'll square up with anyone that says otherwise.
While this is by no means a fancy place, the quality and attention to detail here in undeniable.
Their insane flavour combinations are one of the reasons we love them so much. Highly recommend the 'Big Zac' which is their take on a big mac pizza.
So inviting is known as THE dumpling spot in London.
They're a no fuss, traditional Chinese bakery in the heart of OEV specializing in dumplings and potstickers.
Unique Food Attitudes
Unique Food Attitudes is an awesome little spot for polish food in a modern setting. Their menu features traditional polish staples like goulash and cabbage rolls as well as fresh made sandwiches and a dill pickle soup that is out of this world.
If you're a fan of charbroiled burgers, you should definitely check out London Burgers.
Much like the name, this is a no frills kind of place. What it lacks in creativity, it makes up for in substance. The portions are hearty and filling. They serve all the comfort food staples such as gyros, poutine, and so much more.