A super stylish Middle Eastern joint decked out by renowned British designer Tom Dixon; a Moorish-inspired neighbourhood hot spot that’s been running for over 18 years and a warehouse turned Bombay-inspired Irani cafe are just a few of the best restaurants North London has to offer…
…you’ll find the rest of them below.
CRITICALLY LAVISHED THAI FOOD: FARANG
Farang started out life as a purely temporary venture by former Begging Bowl and Smoking Goat chef Seb Holmes. The fact that it’s still going four years later isn’t the worst sign. Well, that and the Bib Gourmand it won.
Details: San Daniele, 72 Highbury Park, N5 2XE | ££
A STONE-COLD CLASSIC: BARRAFINA KING’S CROSS
Michelin Starred tapas. That’s the short version. Breezy, Barcelona-style counter seating with chefs buzzing away to produce delicate, near perfect Spanish classics, one after the other until you can’t physically hold any more. That’s the longer version. But either way, you’ll love it.
Details: Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AB | £££
A RAUCOUS DEN OF SMOKEY DELICIOUSNESS: BLACK AXE MANGAL
Ex St John Chef Lee Tierman takes his nose-to-tail teachings and applies it to Turkish-inspired flatbreads loaded with sizeable helpings of grilled & smoked meats.
Details: 156 Canonbury Road, Highbury, N1 2UP | ££
MODERN-DAY ROMANCE: JOLENE
Brought to us by the same folks behind North London stalwarts Western’s Laundry and Primeur, Jolene is a flawlessly romantic all-day restaurant and bakery, best enjoyed at brunch, or for a candle-lit dinner of seasonal small plates and low-intervention wines.
Details: 21 Newington Green, Stoke Newington, North London, N16 9PU | £££
THRILLINGLY AUTHENTIC XI’AN STREET FOOD: XI’AN IMPRESSION
Sitting quietly in the shadow of the Emirates Stadium is this small canteen-style eatery serving traditional Xi’an street food in the form of spicy hand-pulled noodles; pork-stuffed ‘burgers’; and potsticker dumplings.
Details: 117 Benwell Road, London, Highbury , N7 7BW | ££
18 YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG: MORO
Inspired by a three month journey through Spain, Morocco and the Sahara, husband and wife team Samuel and Samantha Clark decided to open Moro, a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant showcasing all of the exciting Moorish flavours they discovered along the way. It didn’t take long for the queues to start. And they’re still there, 18 years, and two young sister later. Which says it all really.
Details: 34-36 Exmouth Market, Farringdon, EC1R 4QE | £££
AN ITALIAN ICON: TRULLO
Trullo offers a simple, seasonally focused Italian-inspired menu of homemade pasta and charcoal grilled meats. It’s that place you want to accidentally stumble across in Venice, in London. Oh, and it’s from the same team that brought us Padella…
Details: 300-302 Saint Paul’s Road, N1 2LH | £££
AN ANTEDOTE TO WEEKNIGHTS IN WINTER: SAMBAL SHIOK
After a string of successful pop-ups, Malaysian-born Mandy Lin took the leap and went permanent. The result is a relaxed, cafe-style space in Highbury, where you can enjoy big bowls of warming laksa, and a small selection of alternative Malaysian plates, five days a week.
Details: 171 Holloway Road, Highbury & Islington, N7 8LX | £
MIDDLE-EASTERN SURE TO IMPRESS: COAL OFFICE
It’s a super-stylish Middle Eastern joint courtesy of interior designer Tom Dixon and world-renowned chef Assaf Granit (The Palomar, and The Barbary).
Details: 2 Bagley Walk, King’s Cross, N1C 4PQ | ££££
BRUNCH DISHES OF YOUR DREAMS: SUNDAY
Tucked away on a residential road in Islington is this sweet little shoe-box of a brunch spot, serving without a doubt one of the most delicious French toast dishes in town.
Details: 169 Hemingford Road, Islington, N1 1DA | ££
A RELIABLE, AFFORDABLE CLASSIC: DISHOOM
Feast on an array of traditional Indian street food – spicy lamb chops; paneer rolls; and keema pau – in this former railway transit shed turned Bombay-inspired Irani cafe.
Details: 5 Stable Street, King’s Cross, North London, N1C 4AB | ££
AN ODE TO CHEESE: THE CHEESE BAR
Opening a restaurant dedicated solely to cheese Gouda been a risky move. Until you remember that cheese is delicious, and this place is basically the best thing that’s every happened.
Details: Camden Stable Market, NW1 8AH | ££
Main image: Dishoom King’s Cross
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