Nestled in the heart of Hampstead Village, Aubaine serves up relaxed French all-day dining that is a true blend of cosmopolitan style and haute cuisine. Food may be on the pricier side, but their pan-fried sea bass with roasted artichoke purée and mussels in a white wine and parsley sauce, served with French fries are the perfect comfort food dishes with class.
Aubaine, 82 High Street, Hampstead, London, UK, +44 20 3432 9260
Directly translated as ‘the mistake’, La Gaffe is by no means a disappointment. This family-run joint is a well-loved Italian restaurant, offering traditional and authentic delicacies that have stood the test of time. Like the rest of the menu, their spaghetti alfredino, is one budget-friendly option.
La Gaffe, 107-111 Heath Street, Hampstead, London, UK, +44 20 7435 8965
With a history dating back centuries, The Flask is a north London institution that has seen many a famous author, playwright and rockstar come through its doors over the years. The pub, situated halfway between Archway and Highgate underground stations, has a reputation for delicious pub grub that makes the most of the freshest and seasonal ingredients with their ever-changing menu.
The Flask, 77 Highgate West Hill, Camden, London, UK, +44 20 8348 7346
Jin-Kichi’s homely dining room, with its central robata grill, is certainly a place to come for authentic and affordable Japanese cuisine in a cosy setting. The menu is extensive to say the least, offering a wide selection of vegetable and meat skewers, as well as a range of sushi favourites. With high quality, knowledgeable and attentive service, it’s no surprise that Jin-Kichi is always busy, so make sure to book a table in advance.
Jin-Kichi, 73 Heath Street, Hampstead, London, UK, +44 20 7794 6158
This family-owned and run restaurant arguably serves up some of the best Indian food in the capital, let alone North London. Kiplings has strived to bring the exotic and unfamiliar to locals at a less exotic price, using the freshest of ingredients and continuing to cook in the traditional Tandoor oven.
Kiplings, 2 North Hill, Highgate Village, London, UK, +44 20 8340 1719