The Blue Legume

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The Blue Legume

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A healthy, homemade flavour comes to the London enclave of Islington thanks to The Blue Legume Café, Restaurant and Juice Bar. Situated on the always busy Upper Street, The Blue Legume is an all day venue where guests enjoy everything from leisurely breakfasts accompanied by the broadsheets to quick business lunches and dinners with friends. The quirky interior of The Blue Legume suits its wholesome approach to food well somehow, the exposed brick walls, scrubbed wooden flooring and mix ‘n’ match interior design featuring mirrors mounted on the ceiling, blackboard special menus and painted wood furnishings in keeping with the home-spun food and drinks that are the venue’s real selling point. The Blue Legume sells a wide variety of healthy Mediterranean dishes ranging from burgers for meat eaters and veggies alike to hearty salads and simple main dishes featuring wholesome ingredients from quality sources.


Venue name: The Blue Legume
Address: 177 Upper Street Islington
N1 1RG
Price: £25 and under
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I really like the food here. Not the cheapest, but then you pay for what you eat - the quality of ingredients is great and the recipes are super healthy and mega tasty! Perfect if you want to eat out and are trying to avoid heavy, greasy food.


Really great brunch here with plenty of healthy options. Tried the Hallomi plate (which was huge) and the eggs benedict - (not as big but really tasty!). Great smoothies - not a good place to go if you want a drink with your brunch though, we got a very nasty look for trying to order a mimosa with our breakfast.


My friend booked this place for Saturday night dinner and it was a real delight. Tasty, substantial portions with good service and at a reasonable price. 

We shared a meze platter to start, which came with just one pitta bread which we quickly realised wasn't enough for the generous amount of hummus, tzatziki and a coriander salad. We requested an additional pitta shortly after beginning and I was a little surprised to see that we had been charged extra on the bill but really, that was the only downfall. 

My main, comprising salmon steak and goat's cheese, was really well cooked and tasty. My friend chose the vegetarian lasagne (which was also accompanied by rice and salad!).

We decided against dessert, having consumed a good amount of food already so requested the bill. As we were paying, our server (who had been extremely friendly and courteous throughout) invested time in checking we were satisfied with our meal and following a lengthy chat, treated us to a Baileys on the house before we left.

All in all, a really enjoyable meal with friendly staff. I will definitely return here again soon.


This place was jammed when I got here on Sunday afternoon last week. There was no hostess it seemed, as I waited behind a group of Spanish tourists for what seemed like ages. Finally, they were seated and then I was. I asked if I could charge my phone in the back kitchen/bar and was told a stern "no" by the hostess. Uhhh ok, this never seems to be an issue in 99% of the restaurants I go to. So dink a star for that. Then, I waited a bit for a waitress (turned out to be the same hostess) to serve me. I ordered the aubergine stuffed with peppers and goat cheese; it comes with three salads. For £7.95 it seems like a great deal... except the aubergine and peppers are flavourless for the most part. Even the goat cheese can't save it. The side salads are also incredibly bland: a bowtie pasta salad, a green beans portion (I hate green beans) and chunky beets and greens (the only good part). I had to wait a while as well for a server to pay attention to me to get the check. Good riddance.