Like so much of East London, Laxeiro, in Columbia Road, has undergone a makeover, with fresh paint inside and out, and modern prints on the walls. However at heart it is still the unpretentious Spanish restaurant, bar and tapas joint that pulls in the punters with its simple, high quality fare.
Never is this more true than on Sunday mornings when on-trend locals (black leather, skinny jeans) do battle with hordes of tourists (floral dresses, straw hats) in a Battle of the Blooms in the Flower Market.
In spite of the crowds, it is one of our favourite breakfast haunts. On a cold, grey winter's morning, nothing sets up the day better than their chorizo and fried eggs plate. This morning though is more Mediterranean than English.
We bag a rare outside table, contemplate the chorizo feast, but restrict ourselves to Serrano ham and tomato drizzled with dark green olive oil and stuffed into soft ciabatta. Meanwhile a forest of vegetation seems to be moving past, like Birnham Wood to Dunsinane, as the Flower Market empties its wares onto Columbia Road. Sated with sun and serrano, we wave away the killer croissants and Portuguese custard tarts and go off to snap up some shrubbery.