E Pellicci, Bethnal Green
332 Bethnal Green Rd
020 7739 4873
by Blake Pudding
I woke up in the heart of London's fashionable East End with a pretty Oriental lady and I thought what better way to continue the romance of the night before than by treating her to a slap up meal at Pellicci's. Those of you who have never been here before are in for a treat. The outside is done in an elegant 1940's style in pastel colours with leaded windows. But it is on the inside that you begin to understand why this place is so famous. The first thing to hit you is the heat, the second is the welcome from the staff with their incredible Cockney/Italian accents, but the most remarkable thing is the wood panelling. The whole interior is decked out in a dazzling Art Deco wood veneer. The effect is rather like finding a miniature Chrysler building on Bethnal Green Road.
My companion ordered the steak pie which was excellent, with tender meat and exquisite short crust pastry (though why they have to smother the whole thing in Bisto is beyond me). I ordered the breakfast and it pains me to say this but it was awful. All breakfast crime boxes had been ticked: everything deep-fried everything of the worst quality imaginable. I won't dwell on it because I think this place is rather wonderful and everyone around me seemed to be enjoying themselves so much. So readers, come to Pellicci's, marvel at the welcome, marvel at the interior, try the steak pie, try the lasagne but, for God's sake, avoid the breakfast.