Food North London Eating Thread...let's give it a go

Thanks Alistair. Also worth mentioning that the creme brûlée at Perilla is quite frankly the closest thing to an egg-based masterpiece you're ever likely to encounter

Have you been to Aix in Crouch End recently? They do an absolutely blinding creme brûlée but I can't in all honesty award it full masterpiece categorisation. Their monkfish with roast fennel and tapenade is also up there.

Also, not sure this counts as a proper dining option but the fish and chip van at Ally Pally Sunday market is genuinely world class.
 
Ah, thanks Will, we did indeed have the creme brulee and splendid indeed. In the dessert selection they included a rhubarb thingy with herb ice-cream which also hit the spot. Not been to Aix for over a year, no good reason just other places to try but always enjoy when we get there. Thanks for the chip van suggestion - usually on Sunday mornings I am dispatched down to Kimura, just over the road, for sushi.
 
usually on Sunday mornings I am dispatched down to Kimura, just over the road, for sushi.

Another shocking example of the postcode inequality which plagues our society. You're up on the Hill having freshly prepared sushi whilst down at sea level we're grimly forcing down fried takeaways from a van, huddling by the bins for warmth whilst nervous locals desperately avoid eye contact under the tacet urban pact of reverse solidarity.

If we make it home without being mugged or contracting some sort of rash on the W3 then we've had a result.
 
On a brief visit to the Smoke this week, after 46 minutes' queueing I finally got to check out Roti King, near Euston (yeah, so that's Norf to a hillbilly me;)) Wonderful roti canal and enjoyed the laksa too, nasi goreng not the same standard (but hey, that's my fault for ordering it). Kind of admire their individuality in actively discouraging BYO with a £10 charge AND an increased service charge - never seen this in a cheapie place before.
 
A couple of return visits and a new one. First, back to HodgePodge on Crouch Hill/Finsbury borders (opposite the Old Dairy) for excellent meal, seems to have got more confident with cooking (and have vegan options for those who like that sort of thing). Between us we went for: Tuna & Toast 11 Tuna Ceviche, Prawn Toast, Salsa. 10 Pumpkin Tortellini, Russet Apple & Miso Broth, Dulse & Sorrel. Hodgepodge Hot Pot 14 Squid, Mussels, Monks Beard, Chicken Bone Broth, Peas, Trout Roe. Chips, Cheese & Gravy 14 Duck Ragu, Duck Fat Chips, Fermented Cabbage, Berkswell cheese. Goat A La Green Lanes 16 Smoked Goat, Aubergine, Preserved Lemon Watermelon, Feta, Spelt Flatbread. Wine selection has a natural bent but decent Austrian riesling around £25 IIRC correctly and a glass of CdR plus soft drinks for daughter and plum sake to round off with choux buns desserts. Total with tips around £60 a head. Will definitely be going back soon. Will try to attach some photos below
Stella's Room in Muswell, now become our regular (declaration of interest, daughter has weekend waiting job here). Had excellent bubble and squeak with eggs and bacon for brekkie this morning. Menu continues to have interesting things for a small place - wild garlic soup excellent, home made gnocchi and excellent pies still. Lunch menu photo below I hope.20190418_195606.jpg 20190418_195505.jpg 20190421_111942.jpg New destination: Le Pot de Terre is a very new place on Hornsey High St (for Crouch Enders, close to turn on to Middle Lane). Young chap, clearly well trained and finding his way with himself doing nearly everything himself but 3 of us ate really well for about £110 with a bottle of decent Argentinian pinot gris. Mussels in lime chowder, pave of salmon, really excellent goat curry, Barbary duck breast. Nice open space, I wouldn't go if pressed for time but if you are relaxed, a place worth supporting. Le pot de terre
 
Westerns Laundry for lunch last week was a bit underwhelming. Not bad but nothing particularly good and hard to see what all the fuss is about.
Service was a bit too cool. The room was very noisy, even though it wasn't full and people weren't that loud. Poor acoustics.
 
Yes Alistair. We went there with another couple 9 weeks ago. He trained with Ramsey i think. He is struggling so maybe we vould support him with an offline if you like
 
We live very nearby and can highly recommend the following:
- Trullo, great Italian a short walk from the tube
- Farang - incredibly good Thai place a longer walk across Highbury fields or short bus up into Highbury
- Moro / exmouth market more generally (caravan etc) is a short bus ride down close to angel
- bellanger, the local Corbyn and king place in angel is great, very good for young families, lots of space, again a short bus / long walk
- many Gastropubs in angel including Drapers Arms and Pig & Butcher are good ones

Hope you enjoy your time around here and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want any more advice
 
Agree all of Matthew's thoughts. Just a couple of other thoughts. Prawn on the Lawn, almost next to Trullo, good for seafood. Up the Holloway Road about 300 yards, if you want cheese wine and charcuterie then Provisions can definitely meet your needs.
Of course the most important thing is to know that The Sampler has a branch a couple of hundred yards down Upper Street from the Highbury roundabout.
The Smokehouse in Canonbury is ok.
An option we and friends have taken kids to is Plaquemine Lock a pub down by Angel which does Creole food.
 
We are staying near Highbury & Islington time for a week in summer. Any decent but family friendly places in walking distance?

Trullo and Pig & Butcher are my favourites of the excellent suggestions above.

Ottolenghi also worth considering if you like that kind of thing.

There's a small but perfectly formed French café/deli just off the Holloway Road called Le Péché Mignon. Their croque monsieur is masterful.
 
This is an exquisitely painful thread for those of us who live in north Oxfordshire, near a Frankie & Benny's and Toby's Carvery both rumoured to be up there with their national standards.

(Made worse, I suspect, by having spent one's formative years in north London during a time in which one's idea of gastronomic heaven was a Findus crispy pancake.)
 
This is an exquisitely painful thread for those of us who live in north Oxfordshire, near a Frankie & Benny's and Toby's Carvery both rumoured to be up there with their national standards.

(Made worse, I suspect, by having spent one's formative years in north London during a time in which one's idea of gastronomic heaven was a Findus crispy pancake.)
I think one can still find the Findus Panckae around here...though of course now called the Crepe aux Fruits de Mer a la Findus.
 
Any good options close or on way to Alexandra Palace for an early evening quick meal on Thurs? Coming from Moorgate.

I’m currently thinking a pit stop at F Park for Dotori or to try Top Cuvee but interested in suggestions.
 
George, If you do the Northern Line to Highgate (then 134 or 43 bus to Muswell Hill ands a walk to Ally Pally), stop at Archway Tube for 500, the Italian. Or Tufnell Park for Ceremony - vegetarian, and I know you're a veg-dodger but it is excellent - or Junction Tavern. Also near Archway is St Johns Tavern. If you do route via Muswell Hill come by for wine - you may need it before a bit of opera action. Otherwise Dotori a good option; also near Finsbury Park is Seasons Kitchen, Hodge Podge (see above) but these may be more proper meal type joints. Couple of good tapas options on the bus route from F Park to Ally Pally e.g. Bar Esteban in Crouch End. FYI don't know Top Cuvee but taking you slightly the wrong direction from F Park.
 
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