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Restaurants, Contemporary European Tufnell Park
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(27user reviews)
Jael Marschner

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A small, quirky family-run place in Tufnell Park, café by day and serious French restaurant/cocktail bar by night.

Thanks, Time Out Love London Awards! You alerted us to a new restaurant in Tufnell Park that we probably wouldn’t have heard of.

Fans of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ will recognise the name: the Korova Milk Bar served milk mixed with mind-bending drugs. Don’t worry, there’s nothing sinister going on in TP. The name (Russian for ‘cow’) is more a reference to the venue’s origins: Tufnell Park formerly supplied a lot of London’s milk, and this place was once a dairy.

More recently, it has been a graveyard for a café-deli and a bakery. Now Steve Wilmot (owner of the Zensai bar in Camden Town) and his wife Sital have bet they can do better with a café that turns into a cocktail bar and restaurant by night.

It was brunch that got good comments online. We went for dinner, however, and it was really memorable. There’s a tiny menu, just four choices at each stage. Shallot soup had silky texture and deep flavour. A special of seared foie gras, with lozenges of baked apple, was perfectly executed. Beautifully cooked ribeye came with a lush gratin dauphinoise; tender braised lamb shank with creamy-textured butter beans. Chocolate mousse was nicely bittersweet.

No main course costs over £15, but the bill will swell if you fall for cocktails and the wine list. Do yourself a favour: fall. Especially for their negroni and the Vesper martini; as 007 would have said, ‘Same again, bartender.’ 

There’s something very retro about Korova. The decor combines original tiling with new features such as an art-deco-style cocktail bar. The soundtrack was the very best of the 1960s. Our steak had a green peppercorn sauce based on a heavy reduction of stock – haven’t seen one of those for a loooong time. If ‘Come Dine with Me’ had been on telly between 1965 and 1985, that chocolate mousse would have played a recurring role.

This area has long had just the Tufnell Park Tavern serving serious food, so Korova is well placed. The quality we saw suggested it can succeed where others have failed. It needs to raise its lunchtime game, whatever online comments say, particularly in the making of omelettes (meagre and dry). Dinner? Any time, thanks. But hold the drug-infused milk.




Address: 9 Campdale Road
N7 0EA
Transport: Tube: Tufnell Park.
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80.
Opening hours: Tue-Thur 6.30pm-10.30pm; Fri 6.30pm-midnight; Sat 10am-midnight; Sun 10am-5pm
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Users say (27)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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6 of us had a birthday breakfast at Korova. my friend whose birthday it was was treated to a Mimosa on the house! we all had different plates, Vegetarian breakfast was delicious as so were the Banana Pancakes, my friend keeps on going on about the One Pan(eggs, bacon, chorizo, avocado, spinach, cheese in one pan) he had, so Korova we will be back!

Love this little Gem, menu is small, concise, seasonal and fresh, had French Asparagus with Chervil butter, followed by Stone Bass with a Clam Chowder. Cocktails are great, will be coming back to have brunch

Well thought out compact menu , perfectly executed. Good selection of wines and friendly service

Wonderful restaurant very much in the French style of those cosy Parisian neighbourhood bistros, but without trying to do so. Four of us dined here and amongst the food we ordered were also nods to Italian, British and Asian cuisine.Everything was perfectly cooked and the service was personal and attentive.The small but creative menu was very seasonal , featuring wild garlic, French asparagus and even monks beard was partnered with an equally good wine and cocktail list .

Menu highlights were the wagyu beef and the vesper martini

Have been here a few times now for brunch and dinner.

Both have a different feel , brunch is very kid friendly with probably the best hollandsise sauce I've had on my eggs benedict. Evening service is a lot more intimate with a well thought out small menu. The food is very well presented and service is spot on. It's not on a Main Street but it's well worth the trip

For a local restaurant this place is amazing, it's very intimate and run by a really nice couple who take care of everything . The food is on par , if not better than any west end restaurants we go to. It's a mix of classic French cooking with some really clever use of spices and flavour combinations. The decor is untouched from the 1920s so it has a real retro Parisian feel without being tacky. The chef talking you through the blackboard menu is a real touch too.

Great family run restaurant. Delish food, good value and nothing pretentious. 5 stars!

Always fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Amazing food, cocktails and ambience. Love it there.

One-pan brunch was tasty but nothing to write home about. The coffee, on the other hand, was superb. Will be back to try other brunch options and dinner...!

Exceptional neighbourhood restaurant with top-quality seasonal cooking and lovely heritage-chic atmosphere in former butchers shop. Intimate, candle-lit perfection plus superb drinks list and cocktails.

This is such a delightful restaurant. Delicious food, great service and fab cocktails. I cannot recommend this place enough

Such a wonderful place - we were super impressed by the very carefully constructed menu, and the wonderfully prepared dishes. 5 stars all round! Delicious cocktails as well. Our new go-to place in Tufnell Park!

Great cocktails, simple and executed perfectly (and drank too quickly)

Delicious and underrated, this restaurant delivers top quality cuisine (and cocktails) at very reasonable prices. Recommended!

Welcoming local restaurant with honest tasty food. Friendly staff, skilled chef. A great little find.

The food is amazing! had a couple of cocktails made at our table, we will be back for more very soon

Fantastic restaurant,great food ,good service,classy cocktails and probably the best decor of any local restaurant

Great classic cocktails, and even better food. so happy it's part of the neighbourhood.

Great classic cocktails, and even better food. so happy it's part of the neighbourhood.

Lovely new arrival to Tufnell Park. The food is fresh and delicious. Great looking - love the old tiles - and the staff/owners are so friendly. Lovely day and night - Cocktails are a must. Thanks

A great place that's just opened but already serves the best brunch around! Excellent coffee and cocktails too make this an absolute must in the Tufnell Park area. Staff are super friendly with a lovely atmosphere throughout the day and right into the night.

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