Neighbour Bar & Restaurant
Time Out says
A seasonal brasserie on Kentish Town Road.
Please note, since the publication of this review Neighbour's cuisine type has changed. Time Out Food editors, April 2018.
Neighbour, on the Kentish Town Road, is one laidback local eatery. The soft glow of the table lights, the chilled soundtrack and the leisurely, friendly service are enough to make the day’s woes gently dissipate.
An all-day affair – with everything from brunch, lunch and dinner to cocktails – it comes from the team behind popular joints like Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, The White Lion and The Gatehouse. Here, the chefs switch up the menu every couple of months to reflect what’s in season and the single-page dinner menu makes things simple: small plates or large ones.
The tapas-style dishes were good for sharing: the duck egg arrived in a crisp breadcrumb coating, while succulent chorizo chunks oozed unctuous juices, accompanied by prawns and padrón peppers (although these lacked real flavour). In the depths of winter, the soul-warming mains really helped this place shine. A smoked haddock risotto was indulgent and creamy – as comforting as a hot water bottle on a chilly evening. Small haddock chunks and peas gave it subtle bite, and shavings of chives and cheese added extra layers to every soothing mouthful.
The cumin-roasted cauliflower steak (bathed in date honey and served with harissa kale) worked beautifully: the sweetness was balanced with a slight spiciness, and the scattered roasted hazelnuts gave good crunch. Whether or not you’d finish the enormous portion is another matter. Dessert was decent – the pistachio crème brûlée had a good, snappy top, and the so-called sticky date pudding was delectable, although it missed that medal-worthy adhesiveness.
On my Friday evening visit the restaurant was half full and the bar downstairs empty. Perhaps it’s the January effect, but I’m not complaining: too many people here and that carefree ambience might be lost.
2-4-1 burgers Monday and Tuesday. £10 lunch Monday-Friday. Weekends = all-day brunch.
Private hire available downstairs in Jukes Bar.
300 Kentish Town Road
|Transport:||Tube: Kentish Town|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £70.|
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Myself and a friend stopped off at Neighbour for some food and a drink before a Lacuna Coil 20th anniversary concert at the 02 Forum just across the road this past weekend. As it was my friend’s birthday we wanted to select somewhere which looked interesting, inviting and had character. Neighbour had all 3 in abundance.
I can’t stress enough how friendly every single member of staff was during our meal. Everybody worked together to ensure we were never lacking for drinks, food or dessert. They couldn’t do enough for us including bringing everything to the table and asking how the food was. I asked one of the staff if they could suggest something for my friend’s birthday and after listening to what she likes made her a cocktail she thoroughly enjoyed. The interaction we had with all staff on duty was an absolute pleasure; we felt truly welcome and looked after from entry to leaving.The food we were served was immaculately presented and tasted excellent. The lamb which I enjoyed was very tender and the accompanying veg selection complimented to create a superb main. My friend enjoyed one of the best dressed salads of her life, the taste matching the presentation. The desserts were rich but not over facing. Dishes to enjoy slowly and savour, I had a crème brûlée which topped off an almost decadent meal.
As we left they said they hoped we enjoyed the show. Visiting Neighbour beforehand was by far the best choice to ensure we were already very happy before heading to the venue. If I find myself in the area again next time I’m heading into London Euston I’d not hesitate to take a short trip to Kentish Town to try some more of Neighbour’s excellent menu.
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