The Best Restaurants In North London
These are they –
Farang | Highbury
Farang started out as a temporary venture by former Begging Bowl and Smoking Goat chef Seb Holmes. The fact that it’s still going two years later isn’t the worst sign.
Details: San Daniele, 72 Highbury Park, N5 2XE | ££
Dishoom | King’s Cross
A selection of traditional Parsi appetisers and modern South Bombay street-grills in tantalising share plates. There’s also an award-winning ‘Permit Room’ cocktail bar. And a giant clock.
Details: 5 Stable Street, N1C 4AB | ££
Trullo | Islington
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.
Details: 300-302 Saint Paul’s Road, N1 2LH | £££
Prawn On The Lawn | Islington
Trullo’s close-quartered neighbour is a pared-back seafood bar plating up the likes of seared tuna drenched in soy and mirin; mussels and clams with manzanilla; and scallops in a Thai marinade.
Details: 292-294 Saint Paul’s Road, N1 2LH | ££
Plaquemine Lock | Islington
Bocca di Lupo’s Jacob Kenedy opened this spot in honour of his great-grandfather. Luckily, that great-grandfather lived in Louisiana, meaning that everything served here (Po’ boys, oysters, gumbo) is decidedly delicious.
Details: 139 Graham Street, N1 8LB | £££
The Cheese Bar | Camden
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 | ££
Westerns Laundry | Lower Holloway
Lower Holloway isn’t particularly known for its fine dining. But even if it were, seafood-heavy Westerns Laundry (the sequel to Primeur) would probably still be top of the list.
Details: 34 Drayton Park, N5 1PB | £££
Oldroyd | Angel
After stints at Bocca di Lupo and Polpo, Tom Oldroyd saved up, and – with some help from his family – opened his first restaurant. The result is a true labour of love, and chocolate mousse.
Details: 344 Upper Street, Angel Islington, N1 0PD | £££
Salut! | Islington
Salut! is punctuated not only by its exclamation mark, but also its unique take on Modern European cuisine. The space is achingly romantic and there’s liqueur-filled chocolate spheres for pudding.
Details: 412 Essex Road, N1 3PJ | £££
HĀM | West Hampstead
Hām is ‘home’ in Old English. And that’s exactly what you’ll want to make it once you’ve tasted the gorgeously unexpected flavour combinations cropping up in ex-Ledbury chef Matt Osborne’s dishes.
Details: 238 West End Lane, NW6 1LG | £££
(Image: Westerns Laundry | Patricia Niven)
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