Please note, this venue is now closed. Time Out Eating & Drinking editors, Jan 2017.
Up until now, I’d never been that bothered when waiters didn’t write my order down – they’d always got it right. My luck ran out at this otherwise excellent offshoot of 100 Hoxton, where I was forced to repeat my lengthy selection (it’s another small plates joint), my flighty memory buckling under the strain (I don’t carry a notepad either, you know). I got there eventually but, sure enough, an extra plate was delivered. Still, it didn’t end up on the bill, so I can’t moan too much.
I would have struggled to anyway. The food at this pan-Asian-by-way-of-Ottolenghi restaurant halfway down Upper Street is superb. Some of it borders on throwing the kitchen sink at a plate and seeing what sticks but the medleys mostly worked brilliantly. In fact the only real culinary complaints we had were a duck breast that could have been pinker and an okra dahl a little heavy on caramelised onion.
Lamb belly (‘what wankers call the breast’, according to my charming local butcher) with aubergine, burnt goat’s cheese, pine nuts, tahini and loads of harissa was a belter, as was rainbow trout with deliriously crispy skin, earthy brown shrimps, almonds, samphire and judiciously restrained pineapple. Even those dishes that read less excitingly (sweet potato salad with chunky pea purée, apple, mint and sesame seeds, and a fruity chilli fried rice with Chinese sausage and chilli prawn sambal) were great. Portions were huge, too.
That meant I didn’t try dessert, but judging by the coos over a mango, lime and lemongrass panna cotta next door, perhaps I should have forced one down. No matter – I’ll happily return.
|Venue name:||100 Islington||Contact:|
270 Upper Street
|Transport:||Essex Road rail|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £95.|
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Just had the pork belly roast and goodness me, it was absolutely amazing. The pork was so tender and loved the crispy crackling. All the roasted veg and the chef was so accommodating in giving me the gluten free version. The staff are lovely and the ambience is great! Love the place!
Went here on a Tuesday night, and what can I say I absolutely loved it. Wanted to start in the bar to try their 2 for 1 cocktails (which where amazing - would recommend the Godzilla Tokyo Drift - which was not part of the deal, but worth it), was seated in a couch by a waiter and given table service in the bar for an hour before we moved on through to the restaurant. Was meet there by yet another lovely waitstaff who recommended a nice bottle of wine to meet our tastes. I had an amazing scallop entree served with a lovely dashi broth to start and followed it up with Pot Roasted Short Rib, which was succulent and so so tasty. My friend had the 2 courses for 15pounds, cuttle fish salad to start and crispy pork belly to follow. And from what I tasted and the comments of my friends we loved every bit of it. From great service, to great food and drinks, to casual interior I would recommend this to anybody who wanted a casual quiet night out or a fun weekend. Will def have to try brunch one of these days as well.