With Middle Eastern flavours, a rooftop setting and fruit-driven cocktails, Hadiqa keeps things fresh for the East End.

As you’d expect from Andy Freeman (Varnish on King; The Flour Factory; Caballitos), Hadiqa is cool as. 

Brilliant booze and Middle Eastern touches abound, complemented by Moorish screens, tiles and faux-ferns to soften the narrow, long room. A couple of years in, too, any early wobbles have given way to a tighter menu led by a new chef, and more settled service. 

The North African touches woven throughout Jett Alexander’s menu are exemplary. Think lamb shoulder sweetened with prunes and held in check with sesame, or jewelled rice with saffron, nuts and seeds, plus an array of snacks made for drinking.

Drinks play the hits, with a Spritz section backed fruit-driven cocktails playing off the venue’s main themes, and perfectly suited for long afternoons rolling into evenings on the rooftop.