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|Address:||131 Upper Street, London N1 1QP|
|Tel:||020 7359 7501|
|Price: £43.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £50.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-12M (Fri -1am) Sat 11am-1am Sun 11am-11pm|
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Don’t eat here. It’s probably for the best. In particular, don’t eat here if your expectations are sky-high (an earlier reviewer complained that it’s not as good as the pre-opening hype!!). Don’t eat here if you’re bothered about eating on the mezzanine floor of a bar/pub. Don’t eat here if you’re expecting three courses of fine dining – at least, not if you're coming here on a Saturday night for 12 courses, as I did. Don’t eat here if your favourite restaurant is in the River Café mould: quality ingredients served as simply as possible. Don’t eat here if the idea of a three hour dinner fills you with dread. Don’t eat here if you expect to love every single thing that comes out of the kitchen. DO NOT EAT HERE. Because you will be bitterly disappointed. You will hate it, and you will feel like you’ve been robbed.
But. If the idea of experimental yet flavour-filled food excites you, eat here. If you are thrilled by a menu that delivers theatricality and eye-popping presentation which doesn’t get in the way of the grub, eat here. If you want a dinner that provokes heated debate amongst everyone round the table, rather than just acts as wallpaper to an evening out, eat here. If you’re prepared to trade a dish or two that aren’t to your taste for others that are madly brilliant, eat here. If you enjoy service that is zealous to the point of cult-like, eat here. If you might get a kick from sampling the earliest solo project of a potential future British food superstar – an unashamed, back-breaking six-month pitch for a major, expensive restaurant of his very own – EAT HERE. You will remember it for a long time to come.