Islington, situated in North London, promotes an overall metropolitan feel when it comes down to finding a decent place to dine in. Offering everything from organic pub grub to Indian street food and beyond, the restaurants are financially balanced and offer something for everyone. We have picked out some great establishments highlighting their key features to help you choose where to fill-up.
Established in 1989, first in Hammersmith, by Adrian and Michael Daniel, brothers of Indo-Iraqi Jewish heritage, The Gate draws inspiration from all over the world for its vegetarian dishes, which focus on seasonal foods . The high ceilings and walls are decorated minimally with a lot of lighting, which creates a sophisticated and elegant feel. Inventive menus, including a weekend brunch menu, consist of dishes such as wild mushroom and spinach pakora, Thaigreen curry, Middle Eastern platter, plus many more palate-pleasing creations.
Dhabas are street canteens found in North India offering food created by using unique recipes that have trickled though many generations, and that is exactly what inspired the Delhi Grill. A friendly restaurant, their eclectic menu is small but boasts genuine Indian meals of huge creativity. For the lunchtime rush, the spicy sheekh kebabs with a slow-cooked masala in a soft roti is a great option, whilst evening diners can choose from over 12 slow-cooked dishes straight from the pot. An exclusive feature is the live chapatti making at the bar.
Joining forces with Riverford Organic, only last year, The Duke of Cambridge is the UK’s first and only pub committed to serving 100% organic food and drinks. Sporting an ever-changing blackboard menu, visitors can expect flavoursome delights from feasts of roast pork shoulder, crab and prawn spaghetti, chocolate fondant and much more. Bar snacks are also available. It isn’t just a gastro pub; it also offers farmers markets, supper clubs and cookery classes. The general atmosphere of the place is relaxed and warming, inviting patrons in all times of the day and evening.
One of four branches, the Ottolenghi Islington is a reasonably priced deli and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast consists of dishes such as Welsh rarebit on sourdough, served with a fried egg and mixed leaf salad. The lunch menu possesses a beautiful mixture of fresh salads plus meat and vegetarian dishes, whilst the dinner menu entails of meals from both the counter and the kitchen. The seating plan of the venue allows guests to sit communally, contributing to a bustling atmosphere.
Established by Enver and Erdal Ucar in 1996, there are three Gallipoli restaurants located on Islington’s Upper Street, all of which offer a menu of dishes from Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. Breakfast is served in the form of traditional English and Turkish versions along with a hefty range of refreshing drinks. A wide selection of ‘Meze’, basically meaning a selection of small dishes, is available in vegetarian, meat and fish versions. Lunch and dinner specials are served with a good availability of alcoholic beverages. With dangling lamps and trinkets along with picturesque pictures adorning the walls, a cosy vibe is created. By Angie Quinn