When you first visit the Pacific Social Club you can’t help but feel it’s a secret you’ve discovered (it’s not – you’re there because several people have told you about it, but anyway…).

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It’s like drifting onto the set of a Wes Anderson film – the back wall is lined with records and an old turntable, the crockery and furniture are charmingly mismatched, and the colour scheme is straight out of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Even the staff have the slightly anachronistic look of Rushmore dropouts.

DSC02252  Pacific Social Club Kimchi, mature cheddar & scallion toastie Hackney London

The menu is small and very toast-centric, consiting mainly of toasties and things on toast. But this is toast-based cuisine on an epicurian level, using such fillings as chorizo, manchego, roast pepper and almond; kimchi, mature cheddar & scallion (above); banana, passion fruit and honey (below). King of the toasties is a Venezuelan sandwich – made in a naan-like bread and filled with morcilla, chorizo, black beans, avocado and cheese.

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The coffee is made with the care and precision of true obsessives. The juices are juiced fresh to order. And if you don’t fancy a toastie or a thing-on-toast (unlikely) there are croissants and cakes.

If the Pacific Social Club were a secret it’s one I’m sharing slightly reluctantly, lest it’s ever too busy to meet my own rampant toastie needs. So go there, I urge you, but ssshhhhhh, keep it to yourself…

Pacific Social Club, 8 Clarence Road, Hackney, E5 8DU (07847 373607). It also doubles as Japanese restaurant Sho Foo Doh by night.


1 Kimchi toastie £5

1 Green juice £4

1 Latte £2.50

TOTAL: £11.50



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