Forget superstition – at Del 74, it's good things, not bad things, that come in threes. Specifically in the form of tacos, margaritas and beer. The folk at new east London hangout set out to do out to do these three things, and do them damned well – and after visiting last week, we can report that yes, they've totally nailed it. The steak tacos are rich, tender and packed with flavour, the fish variation teams subtly spicy tilapia with creamy coleslaw – and the unexpected hero is the veggie tinga taco, which packs a smoky chipotle chilli punch and is topped with crunchy sweet potato. Throw in well-made margaritas with traditional mescal, deeeelicious home-made guacamole, a buzzy atmosphere and staff who are as friendly as they are hip, it's proof that less can be way, way more.
Del 74, 87 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5
Do you: ever order a double-shot, half-foam skinny latte? Know your Ethiopian yiracheffe from your Italian roast? Disown friends who deign to give you – whisper it – Nescafe? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then come, be among your people. In fact, come if you just like a good cup of coffee, good food or even an espresso martini. For they are all to be found in abundance at this annual celebration of all things caffeinated, returning to The Old Truman Brewery once more. You can expect over 250 artisan coffee and food stalls, demos from world-class baristas, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs… You can NOT expect Nespresso pods. That's just cheating.
London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street,
London E1 6QR
6-9 April; from £16.60