THE HUNGRY DONKEY, ALDGATE

Isn’t that just the BEST name for a restaurant?!

The Hungry Donkey is a Greek restaurant, recently opened in Aldgate.

I saw these guys pop up on Twitter a few months ago, and was immediately interested, just from the name alone.

So I was super excited when they invited me and Gary down to try out their menu!

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

The Hungry Donkey is a tucked away little restaurant on a side road just a few minutes away from Aldgate East station.

There’s no visible signage outside (which I’m hoping they’re gonna fix cos boy was that place hard to find!) but the inside is lovely and light and clear, with a really chilled out vibe to it.

Lots of white and yellow, with slate grey railings on the ceiling and simple pine furniture.

I really liked it!

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

We started off with a basket of warm bread and a bottle of the house red.

Because making menu choices is much easier once you have a glass of wine in hand and aren’t actually starving anymore!

We decided to pick a punch of dishes to share cos A) that means I get to try everything and B) cos that means I get to try everything.

So. Here’s what we went with…

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

Pan-fried sakanaki cheese. Crispy, salty and very more-ish.

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

Toasted pita bread and fresh tzatziki.

This was a bit of an error on my part. I didn’t realise that pretty much every. single. item. on the menu comes with a generous dollop of tzatziki on the side. So we actually ended up with waaaay more tzatziki than we could ever get through.

I’m really hoping they update the menu to include descriptions of each dish, as I definitely wouldn’t have ordered a whole extra portion if I’d known!

(It was VERY good tzatziki though.)

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

Zucchini (courgette) fritters.

This was my favourite savoury dish of the night. Really light, fluffy and perfectly seasoned. Gary and I immediately wished we’d ordered two portions!

PS. Tzatiki.

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

Halloumi and vegetable burger.

I LOVED this. A soft pita bun, stuffed to bursting with roasted aubergine, courgette, red pepper and creamy halloumi. Really simple, but very juicy and delicious.

I definitely had more than my share of it!

It came with a side of fries as well, which were perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

Lamb Plate Me Up.

Well-seasoned chunks of lamb, halved cherry tomatoes and sliced raw red onion, with toasted pita bread and a dollop of tzatziki on the side.

The meat was a bit on the tough side, but it was beautifully seasoned and we both loved the fact that we could pick at it together.

It makes a great sharing platter!

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

As a side-note, I really loved all the white and blue mismatched crockery. All of The Hungry Donkey’s branding is so simple but it’s really effective and looks fab!

We weren’t sure we were going to be able to fit dessert in (because tzatziki), but after checking out the menu we decided to get one to share.

Then we couldn’t decide on one.

So we got two.

YOLO.

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

Gary went for a traditional galaktoboureko.

(And yes I definitely did just Google the spelling.)

Galaktoboureko (I’m literally just copying and pasting this…) is a Greek semolina-custard pie, made with filo pastry.

It was nice, with a nice lemony-vanilla flavour, but it had a bit of a weird texture. Gary and I both decided it got better the more you ate, but it still isn’t something we’d order again.

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

The Cheesecake.

Oh boy. OH BOY. THE CHEESECAKE.

This was a winner. I’d recommend it to EVERYONE.

A perfectly light buttery-biscuit base, topped with melt-in-the-mouth vanilla cream cheese and dusted with more crumbled biscuit.

I have no idea what they put in the cheese mix to make it so perfect, but it is honestly the best cheesecake I’ve ever had.

True story.

Hungry Donkey London restaurant

An absolute feast!

It’s a very friendly place as well, and the service was great.

Massive props to the two owners (brothers) who both took the time to go round all the tables and introduce themselves to everyone (not just us as reviewers!)

It was a lovely touch that really made you feel like you were in a Greek taverna, just having a chat with the locals.

The restaurant got busier as the evening went on, so the general atmosphere got really nice and buzzy as well.

I think it’s a great place for groups of friends to meet for a catchup gossip over wine and platters of meat and bread and tzatziki. They’re open for lunch too, so great if you work in the city.

And I can tell you now that it’d make a great first date spot!

So if you’re in the area, make sure you head down and check out The Hungry Donkey :)

THE HUNGRY DONKEY

56 Wentworth street
London
E1 7AL

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*Our meal was complimentary in exchange for a review.
As always, all opinions are my own! :)

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  • K bye, I’m off to eat all the food now.

    *buys all the tzatziki in sainsburys and applies to everything*

    LOOKS LUSH!

    Katie
    http://www.bloodyhellbrennan.com

    • I definitely did this for the rest of the week. TZATZIKI 4EVA <3

  • Sooo jealous you had galaktoboureko. This is my absolute favourite greek dessert. Not many places in London sell it!

    Sophia
    http://www.sotremendous.com

    • You need to go and try this one Sophia and let me know what you think! I’ve never had it before so couldn’t really compare it lol :) xx

  • Tzatziki you are THE ONE. This looks so delicious! And there aren’t any Greek places that I can think of near me, so if I go to London sometime, I’ll definitely have to stop here!!

    http://www.alittletwistof.blogspot.co.uk

  • Kirsty Baker

    All This looks amazing! I am a huge fan of greek food, especially saganaki cheese and anything with lamb in it. Yum.

    P.S. Tzatziki ;)

    xx

    http://www.kirstytalks.co.uk

  • Siobhan Rothwell

    Yum!! That burger looks really tasty, and the mere mention of cheesecake always wins me over. So yes please!

    x

    https://siobhanrothwell.wordpress.com/

  • This has just reminded me how much I love Greek food! Will definitely have to give this a visit if I’m ever in the area! Amazing photos too :)

    Laura x
    aviewfrom-thebalcony.blogspot.co.uk

  • Hannah Cornish

    I’ve never tried Greek food before but I’d certainly love to now! Looks like you guys had a right feast. The cheesecake looks divine, my kind of dessert! x

    Hannah x | hannatalks

  • I walked past this place as they were setting up and added it to my got to try list. I loved the name and the branding and am so pleased to see that they have a great selection of vegetarian food.

    http://www.emmainks.com/2015/05/28/ethos-vegetarian-london/

    • The halloumi burger is honestly EVERYTHING Emma! I loved all the veggie choices :) xx

  • Ooh yummy yummy get in my tummy lol x

  • OMG I love Greek food (yes, Angie you love all food…) and the unpromouncable dessert looks amazing!!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

  • The Hungry Donkey is such a lovely name for a Greek restaurant – really stands out from the traditional restaurants. Really love the branding too. All the food looks delicious! Pitta bread and tzatziki is my favourite combination!! Your photography looks fab btw! xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

  • ninegrandstudent

    This sounds so, so good. Weirdly I’ve had a craving for greek food all day so this hasn’t helped at all. One to remember once I move to London soon! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • Food post!
    I am literally drooling over these pictures!

  • Jennie / Scarletscorchdroppers

    Ahhh, this all looks amazing! I haven’t had Greek food in aaaaaaages and I’ve got some serious cravings now! The lamb just looks wonderful. Also, thats quite possibly the best name for a restaurant ever!

    Jennie // Scarletscorchdroppers

    xx

  • I adore Greek food but it’s something that we’re quite lacking in Glasgow! This all looks absolutely delicious (especially the tzatziki) so it’s definitely one I’ll check out next time I’m down London way x

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

    • You’ll have to let me know what you think of it when you do Charlotte! :D xx

  • This looks amazing!! I can’t wait to try it when I’m home. Especially that cheese! Everything is so photogenic. Sophie xx
    http://www.fashionnomads.com

    • I know right?? It’s a photograpehr’s dream, cos they’ve got floor to ceiling windows which let in so much light :) xxx

  • what beautiful food! love greek! it all looks so amazing! especially that burger!

    kelseybang.com

  • Whaaaat. I want that cheese dish. This food looks delicious!

    Tara x

    • I love cheese. Especially fried cheese. But any cheese really <3

  • This place sounds amazing, and the name is just perfect! If I’m ever down in London I will definitely have to check out this place! Thanks for sending your link over in the twitter chat!
    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

  • It’s been ages since I’ve had some Greek food! I’m off to look for a good Greek restaurant in Brussels now!
    Good job I just finished my dinner! Although, this has made me hungry for some dessert!

  • All this food looks amazing!! You really are spoilt <3 My mum makes courgette fritters and they are so tasty Gisforgingers xx

    • I heart courgette anything but had never tried a fritter before! Big fan :D do you have a recommended recipe for them Claire? xx

  • Oh, WOW. All of this food looks amazing! I need to check this place out when I’m next in London.

  • Ok, I need to go here firstly for the comedy donkey and secondly for the cheesecake which looks immense. If they could serve the cheese cake in a comedy donkey shape I would be absolutely chuffed. x

  • Omgosh, I feel like a hungry donkey after reading this, haha! I’ve been looking for somewhere for me & the bf to have our anniversary meal and this has made the list – thanks for sharing! :)

    http://www.stylesunrise.co.uk

    x

    • Yay! :D very excited to hear you’re in London now by the way. Coffee meet up soon please and thank you? xxx

      • YES PLEASE *fangirl moment* :D :D! Will let you know when I’m free lovely! x