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Summary

£71
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fantastically fun and fabulous food” from accomplished chef, James Cochran, is the pay-off for a visit to his Islington venue. “It’s definitely not a posh night out”“the room is tiny” and it’s “a tricky and very cramped space” – but “the vibe is very upbeat and the meal is great value and highly recommended”. Top Menu Tip – “best fried chicken ever”.

Summary

£54
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“When the food is good it can be amazing” at former Ledbury chef James Cochran’s Islington venue, which fans say “deserves to be better known” for his “fantastic tasting menu at sensible prices” (including “interesting” ingredients such as mutton and goat that reference the chef’s part-Caribbean heritage). Even some fans can acknowledge one or two “samey” results, though, and grades slipped a fraction this year due a few disappointments. Perhaps any unevenness is due to distraction from other projects: in June 2022 he opened Valderrama’s – a 90s-themed sports bar a short walk along Upper Street featuring the buttermilk fried chicken he developed for his Around The Cluck lockdown project.

Summary

£51
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Superb, really unique combinations and presentation” brings some welcome pizzazz to Islington’s Upper Street, by courtesy of chef James Cochran, formerly of The Ledbury (RIP) and a Great British Menu winner. Raised in Whitstable, he mines his Caribbean-Scottish dual heritage to produce a “fantastic value” five-course tasting menu. Top Tip: “the roast on Sundays is also delicious – and the truffle cauliflower cheese is the stuff of dreams!”

Summary

£46
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A much-needed alternative to the usual Upper Street fare” – James Cochran’s ambitious yearling is a ray of sunshine in N1, and even the less impressed minority who feel “it’s not quite up to the celebrity chef hype” generally feel “it’s nice to have something a bit different in the local area”. Quibbles also include the “cramped”, “corridor-like” space and service that can sometimes seem like “amateur’s hour”, but at its best this part-Scottish, part-Jamaican chef provides “exceptional dishes, with cleverly combined ingredients and subtle spicing”. Top Tip – “The £15 lunch deal is the gastronomic bargain of the year”: “extraordinary food, lovingly crafted, and at silly prices”.

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107 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN

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12:51 by chef James Cochran Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of 12:51 by chef James Cochran Restaurant in N1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of 12:51 by chef James Cochran restaurant.
Daisy C
Overall a rather disappointing tasting menu...
Reviewed 10 months, 16 days ago

"Overall a rather disappointing tasting menu. Food was unfortunately very average, and comically small portions meant we left disappointed and hungry! Service was good and cocktails were yummy, but would give it a miss."

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Daisy C
Overall a rather disappointing tasting menu...
Reviewed 10 months, 16 days ago

"Overall a rather disappointing tasting menu. Food was unfortunately very average, and comically small portions meant we left disappointed and hungry! Service was good and cocktails were yummy, but would give it a miss."

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 49.00 Always available 5
Menu2 85.00 Always available 8
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £37.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
107 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday5 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑8 pm

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