Frederick's

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This popular Islington restaurant has been in the same family since it launched, back in the late '60s. The slightly ritzy plush of Frederick’s entrance cocktail bar, the surprising spaciousness of the dining room beyond, the striking 1980s artwork, the lofty conservatory and pretty hidden garden alongside all come together to convey the idea that a meal here is a bit of a treat.

The (mostly) European food menu offers dishes such as crab bisque, ox-cheek raviolo with onion broth and croutons, pan-fried duck breast with celeriac fondant, croquettes and Gascon cabbage, and Welsh lamb cutlets with sautéed potato and garlic French beans. Salt and pepper squid with chilli sauce, and pistachio and herb-crusted tuna with courgette and carrot spaghetti, edamame beans and a mirin dressing are also available.

Keep an eye out for seasonal menus and Saturday brunches, too.

 

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Venue name: Frederick's
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Address: Camden Passage
London
N1 8EG
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 5.45-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Angel tube
Price: Main courses £12.50-£26. Set meal (lunch; dinner Mon, Tue; 5.45-7pm Wed-Sat) £15.50 2 courses, £19 3 courses
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Me and my girlfriend went to Fredericks on quiet Wednesday evening. Unfortunately even if you book the table in advance they can't guarantee you good table, as any table can be given to bigger company and you have to pray them to get a table in good location. The food was OK, but just OK not fine for such an high-end restaurant they claim they are applying such a high price policy for their menu. Portions were very tiny so we left this place half empty paid for starters+main course+desert something around 90 pounds. What's about service it was really not worth 12.5% we paid for them as a service charge ( how can argue and don't pay it in front of your girlfriend? ). Wine glasses were always empty and we had to wait at least 10 minutes for them to be filled, same for water, bread was offered just once and we had to wait 8 minutes for empty plates to be removed although 6! waiters were working around. Also they claim, that they can offer 50% TasteCard discount, but actually we were offered just fixed 15 pounds discount without any explanation, so it was like rip-off for me. As conclusion: for such a price you can find excellent service, big portions and better ambience in any posh Mayfair restaurants and not in tiny family-run place in Islington.

Manningalive
Tastemaker

The swanky looking place down Camden Passage. Which is also deceptively big; the restaurant opens up into a garden room with patio. The food was good, we went on a Monday for the fixe menu (2 courses for £15). The standard menu is fairly pricey. Couldn't fault the service at all, they have the nice touches down to a tee.

Emma P
Staff Writer

It's true that the food here is too expensive when you consider a good local gastro pub would offer similar Modern British dishes for less. But the setting does make supper here feel like a trea – it's the combination of the front cocktail bar, the attentive service, the interesting wine list and the stylish dining room out back. We had an excellent fish pie, a good meat dish and a combination of starters for the vegetarian in the party (there aren't many mains that fit the bill). Puddings were generally good although I still think that putting blood orange in a creme brulee is a mistake. 

Daniel J

Great Owners and Staff, Top Chef in control of a great seasonal menu. Never had a bad meal at Fredericks and recommend highly 

Steve B
Staff Writer

Enjoyed my visit to Fredericks. Food was fantastic without being too pretentious. Nice relaxed atmosphere also helped!

Mari

Very disappointed with Frederick's for the over-priced menu and smallish portions of bland and boring dishes - I tried pork on two separate occasions and it was inedible....the front of house staff did not even question why the food was untouched on the plate!  The only reason it is still popular is the lack of imagination of the loyal followers and newbies trying it out for the first time or with vouchers... There are so many other gorgeous food choices available, you don't need to settle for mediocrity! 

Lucy

A great place for a special treat, especially when the reduced price menu is on early eve or early week. I agree, not great for vegetarians, but impeccable service and great atmosphere.