RestaurantsLondonHollowayN5

survey result

Summary

£62
  £££
3
Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A hipster hit of recent years, Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell’s “lively”, hard-surfaced operation off the Holloway Road has built a strong following for its zeitgeisty style, matched with “inventive and well-presented” fish and seafood cooking, with ingredients from ‘regenerative producers’, and an “interesting” list of low-intervention wines. “I’m not a great fan of small plates but we decided to have every dish on the menu – and it has to be said they were all excellent.”

Summary

£56
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Innovative food” in a “hard and echoey” space still packs in the crowds at this hipster hit of a couple of years ago, just off the Holloway Road, which fans feel has a “great vibe” (even despite the fact that “when the place is full, conversation can be close to impossible”). The venue has always had its detractors, though, and there were more vocal complaints this year that the whole approach is “a little too cool for its own good” (i.e. “pleased with itself” and “disappearing up its own fundament”); which results in food that’s “not bad but underwhelming, so hard to see what all the fuss is about”. Also the natural wine list, “while pleasingly ambitious and different, has a high percentage of misses” (to the extent it can seem “plain daft”).

Summary

£56
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Innovative food” in a “hard and echoey” space still packs in the crowds at this hipster hit of a couple of years ago, just off the Holloway Road, which fans feel has a “great vibe” (even despite the fact that “when the place is full, conversation can be close to impossible”). The venue has always had its detractors, though, and there were more vocal complaints this year that the whole approach is “a little too cool for its own good” (i.e. “pleased with itself” and “disappearing up its own fundament”); which results in food that’s “not bad but underwhelming, so hard to see what all the fuss is about”. Also the natural wine list, “while pleasingly ambitious and different, has a high percentage of misses” (to the extent it can seem “plain daft”).

Summary

£57
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You feel cool just knowing about this place!”“a packed and unbelievably noisy room just off the Holloway Road”, which – on its launch in 2017 – scored some of the best newspaper critic reviews of the year. With its “edgy and friendly” approach and “urban, industrial-style decor”, it’s indisputably “a great addition to Drayton Park” but “after all the hype” numerous reporters felt anticlimactic: “nothing really bad” but “flavours didn’t always work together” and “while small plates are fashionable, these aren’t small, they’re tiny!” Tons of praise is recorded, too, though – “take your friends and dine on sharing plates, whose powerful and memorable tastes are so good you’ll want to scoff them all and not share!” Top Tip: “It’s best as a foursome, as couples may be squashed on the long sharing tables”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£6.30 £19.00 £5.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £27.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
34 Drayton Park, London, N5 1PB
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9 pm

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