Burmese restaurant, Lahpet, has confirmed that it will replace what was Tapas Revolution in Shoreditch. The new 60-cover restaurant, which earlier this year closed its premises in London Fields in Hackney, will relaunch in April on Bethnal Green Road.
Like so many notable London food businesses, Lahpet first began with a street food stall on Maltby Street Market in 2016, before moving to a first permanent location in London Fields a year ago. That site, despite receiving good reviews, was short-lived. At the beginning of this year, Lahpet moved to the semi-permanent Kitchens in Spitalfields.
The team says it wants to bring Burmese cuisine “to the fore through a refined new concept with contemporary dishes ubiquitous across Myanmar.” The two founders — Dan Anton and head chef Zaw Mahesh, both of Burmese heritage — are “aiming to make regional Burmese cuisine more accessible through one of London’s only restaurants to specialise in this style of fare,” an announcement said today.
Burmese cuisine is a mix of Chinese, Laotian, Indian and Thai and some of Lahpet’s best known dishes include coconut noodle with chicken; lemongrass fish chowder; pork and mustard green; aubergine curry; ginger salad; and a signature tea leaf salad (lahpet thohk), after which the place is named, that incorporates umami-rich pickled tea leaves in a textured salad. It is understood that Mahesh will have the capacity to develop a bigger and more wide-ranging menu at the new site.
Rob Meadows, a director at Davis Coffer Lyons, the leisure property company, who acted on the deal for the 2,000 square foot site, (with an annual rent £80,000) said: “Lahpet is a proven concept that has generated significant interest and media accolades from its previous venture in Hackney. The new site benefits from a large residential catchment and a number of offices in the vicinity and significant leisure draws from Boxpark Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Colombia Road markets. I’m sure we will be hearing lots more from them.”