When Greenberry Café opened in late 2012, we praised the adventurous cooking and welcoming atmosphere. Returning most recently in 2015, the kitchen radiance has dimmed and the global reach been curtailed. Greenberry’s simple breakfast menu is served until 3pm; at noon it segues into a traiteur list (salads or simple plates such as Stoke Newington smoked salmon with soda bread).
A more substantial menu is also served at lunch and dinner; lamb rump with risotto from the specials board was a decent enough dish. But on this visit we found the service perunctory at best, frosty at worst. It took a concerted effort to get our waitress to crack a smile, and simple questions about the menu were answered with an 'I don't know'.
During the day, Greenberry may be a little too family-friendly for some; in the evening, everyone from dog-walkers (and their pooches) to groups of friends pile in to the unfussily decorated room. It’s a great haunt for locals, but unless the service manages to thaw out a little, it's not worth a detour.
|Venue name:||Greenberry Café||Contact:|
101 Regents Park Road
|Opening hours:||Open 9am-11pm Mon-Sat; 9am-4pm Sun. Breakfast served 9am-3pm daily. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat; noon-4pm Sun. Dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Chalk Farm|
|Price:||Main courses £9.50-£19.75. Set meal (noon-3pm, 6-11pm Mon-Fri) £11 2 courses, £13.50 3 courses.|
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Average User Rating
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In the most welcoming corner of the house, the round table in its own alcove, we ate grilled aubergine, pomegranate and tomato salad, not the most ground breaking combination, but somehow melded together with the tastiest dressing that made everything meltingly gorgeous. A roasted butternut squash risotto was uplifted by the softest of goats cheese and the unexpected crunch of pine nuts. And did we really have room for the most unctuous bread and butter pudding I have ever been served? No, but the oozing custard and fresh berries made it a magical eating experience and not one that I regretted as a waddled home. All served with smiles, a delicious bottle of ‘Le Petit Point Rouge’ and a friendly sized bill...had it been a private supper club, I think we would have happily emptied wallets on the table - but no need, the set menus come in at a tantaslising £13.50 for a three course fixed menu.
The vibe remains brilliant, by day or by night. I recently had a birthday supper and was spoiled by choice of food and by the staff - both were wonderful. Brunch never fails to please, and the set menu is quite possibly the best taste and value for money currently in North London. Well worth a visit.