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Carob Tree

Restaurants, Greek Kentish Town

Time Out says

Carob Tree’s big contemporary dining room (red drapes, white pillars, lots of wood) was rammed on our midweek visit, so much so that a slightly late arrival caused our table to be given away. Not a problem: we were seated by the bar with a drink until another came up. Which gave us time to listen to multi-generational families chatting in Greek, and big birthday groups knocking back Cypriot Keo beer.

The crowds, high ceilings and open-plan layout (the building was once a pub) combine to make pretty lousy acoustics – nothing, however, that can’t be compensated by attentive service and a plate of carefully sourced (breeds and butchers are name-checked) charcoal-grilled meat. Gloucester Old Spot souvláki was a shining example, while a generous portion of neatly butterflied grilled prawns was freshly flavoured simplicity at its best. A cold mezédes selection showcased perfect taramosaláta and tzatzíki among a few duds (dark-brown, tasteless melitzanosaláta; briny peppers that tasted as if they’d come straight from a tin).

The management seems to be missing a trick by offering such a limited Greek wine selection (just two whites and one red), but it’s the friendly, neighbourhood vibe that keeps Carob Tree packed until closing time.




Address: 15 Highgate Road
Transport: Tube: Kentish Town tube/rail or Gospel Oak rail or bus C2, C11, 214
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