Time Out says
Despite its longevity on the Islington scene, Isarn still exudes a slinky, contemporary vibe – thanks to timeless black-and-white interiors, decorative lampshades and warm yellow lighting. Although it’s named after the chef’s home region of Isaan, the menu is mostly composed of familiar Thai salads, soups, curries and stir-fries rather than distinctive regional specialities – still, there a few less familiar items such as crispy duck with dried shrimps, pomelo and palm sugar or spiced minced chicken with lemongrass, chicory and toasted rice. To finish, you can head east (mango with black sticky rice) or stay closer to home for crème brûlée or banoffee fritters. Isarn may look expensive, but the food remains surprisingly wallet-friendly – especially if you pop in for a bowl of pad thai or one of their £10 set lunches.
An affectionate reference to the chef's birthplace, Isarn is renowned for its powerful and fragrant flavours. Signature dishes include green papaya salad served with gai yang (grilled chicken).
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