We were looking for pre-pub cheap eats in east London on a Saturday night when we stumbled upon this great find, Proud East in Haggerston. The location is fantastic, it is right on the canal and just a stones throw away from Haggerston and Dalston Junction overground stations. It has plenty of outdoor seating and this is just the kind of place I would love to hangout at on a warm summer afternoon, drinking cocktails by the canal. However our first visit to Proud East was a freezing November night and we were only interested in having a bite to eat. To our pleasant surprised we ended up having a great steak dinner for a really good price.
Flossy’s rating: ★★★★
For those of you that have been following my blogs for a while, you will already know that I love a good steak and I am fussy about it. Proud East has a simple a la carte menu with European winter classics such as Dingley Dell farm sausages and mash, pan fried cod with crushed potatoes and slow braised lamb shank on mash. My husband and I both ordered the dry-aged ribeye steak served with skinny fries, roast tomato and creamy mushroom, although I substituted the vegetables for sautéed spinach instead. The restaurant wasn’t very busy for a Saturday night and we were seated right by the open kitchen, so we watched the chefs prepare our meal shortly after the order was taken. We didn’t wait long for our meal, and when it arrived the steak was nicely marbled with fat as a good ribeye should be and incredibly succulent and juicy. The vegetables and fries that came with it were prepared equally well and made it a complete meal without needing to order any extras, which was great value. Everything would have been perfect had there been real cracked pepper available rather than a pepper shaker on the table, and if they had French or English instead of the wholegrain mustard.
Aside from the fantastic food, Proud East also had a very good drinks list, specialising in craft beers and cocktails. I’m not really a big beer drinker but I was happy to see all my favourite cocktails on the menu such as Lychee Martini, Peach Bellini and Margarita. However they also had a few interesting concoctions too like the Tropical Spritz, which is made with Aperol, Red Bull and Prosseco, and a Grey Goose Chocolate& Orange Martini. On this particular evening we drank both passionfruit and chilli Mojitos. The cocktails tasted great and they were not stingy on the fresh mint at all, however they would have tasted even better had they been served in large tumblers rather.
Altogether the bill for our meal and drinks at Proud East was very reasonable and they also accept Taste card. A recommended visit for a meal or just drinks.