On Saturday, Marco and I were out shopping down the market during lunch and decided to have something to eat at L. Manze. L. Manze is a pie & mash shop near where we live and I had been wanting to try it for a long time. Pie & Mash is what they serve, in various portion sizes. You can also order the East London staple of Jellied Eel, but in all my time here I have not yet been brave enough to go down that route. One day. The shop bakes their own pies in old-fashioned metal pie dishes and they then get served with mashed potatoes and liquor, which is a parsley sauce. It's simple, delicious and filling.
L. Manze was opened at the beginning of the 20th century by an Italian immigrant who build up somewhat of a pie & mash emporium in London. This particular shop still has all the beautiful original fittings: tiled walls, floor and ceiling, large mirrors, an ornate cash register and wooden booths. The staff was friendly and there was a steady buzz of customers while we were eating. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant for an authentic East London experience.