It’s named after a song by The Strokes, there are vinyl sleeves on the walls and the tables are all scuffed up, but it’s quality all the way at this near-flawless solo venture from chef James Cochran (ex-The Ledbury and the Harwood Arms). Flavours are new-Brit with a Scottish/Caribbean kick reflecting Cochran’s roots, while compositions are complex but never OTT. Midweek lunches (Wed-Fri) promise three plates for £15, and Sunday lunch is one mighty blowout.
FEBRUARY 2020: We’ve added two new Italian spots (Milan-esque Latteria and Puglian-inspired Terra Rossa), as well as the Islington branch of hip kebab joint Bababoom. We’ve also singled out the utterly brilliant burgers at Four Legs at the Compton Arms as well as the mouth-numbing esoteric victuals on offer at Sichuan House. Finally, we give the nod to the N1 branch of ‘brunch and booze’ favourite Brother Marcus.
There’s plenty to please the sophisticated palate in N1. Take a tour of the great restaurants in Islington: Turkish delights on Upper Street, poshed-up gastropubs and modern European brasseries are just a few things you’ll find.