100 Islington | Islington Restaurant
By Katie Hill
Unfortunately, 100 Islington has now closed.
Banchan, ciccheti, zakuski…
All exotic ways of saying ‘small plates’… which are a restaurant’s way of saying it’s acceptable to order yourself at least three main courses.
Which is precisely something you’ll be taking advantage of at 100 Islington, the follow up to the successful Hoxton venue. Despite the high density of new openings in the area, they’re following a tried-and-tested formula with a similar casual vibe, sharing menu and impressive cocktail list.
With a retracting glass front, seats and tables are spread onto the pavement outside whilst the back of the venue provides a darker and moodier feel, which suits the unexpectedly large copper-topped and well-stocked bar.
Coming straight from Ottelenghi’s Nopi, executive chef Francis Puyat has put together a menu of small plates with Asian flavours, spices, and ingredients. There’s also a brunch, Sunday roast and a £5 lunch box to eat in or out. Here’s what you’ll find:
The plates maybe small but the flavour combinations are big. From braised octopus with garam masala celeriac puree, roasted butternut squash and pumpkin seeds to bream in banana Leaf with cucumber and tamarind relish; you can choose from 23 dishes.
Exclusively in the Islington location, the Sunday Lunch takes classic British dishes and turns them on their head with Indian spices and pan-Asian tastes – think coconut in your mash, and wasabi in your gravy. And don’t worry. The Yorkshires remain faithful to their origins.
Mojitos, pina coladas and old fashioneds get a Pan-Asian renovation, whilst original mixes such as When Baby met Swayze and the 100 Hoxton with ginger, chilli, Kwai Feh lychee liqueur, lemon and Champagne were created to match the flavours of the menu.
And if they ask you? No, you’re not finished.
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NOTE: Unfortunately, 100 Islington has now closed.
100 Islington | 270 Upper St, London, N1 6SG
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