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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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We ate here as a group of six for a friend's birthday. It was a worthwhile visit but there are things the owners could improve. The first thing I noticed was that it looked quite different to the pictures above, the second was that it was quite loud which made the big table something of a barrier to conversation. 241 cocktails from 5-8 are a steal but I was only able to try one because it took 40 minutes to arrive and they refused to extend the happy hour by one drink for us – too busy they said, get more staff then, we thought. None the less my Angel's Kiss was a tasty number which worked really well with a sage leaf on top. We ordered our food from the interesting but perhaps slightly under-explained menu. I found many of the side dishes more tempting than the mains and there was quite a reliance on meat and potatoes – the pescatarians in our party weren't spoilt for choice but they were some tasty sounding fish options – maybe giving a meat free choice on the mussels might be a good idea? When the starters came they were tasty. My burnt leeks were not actually burnt but were flavoured burnt and very agreeable they were too, coming with a free floating egg yolk helping to create an unctuous oozy mess. The ham and eggs looked good, the raw beef was lovely and fiery, the scallops solid but the cod cheeks slightly undercooked. We then waited about 25 minutes for our main course, it was a little longer than we would liked to have waited but it was worth it. I had the chilli poussin which was cooked to perfection and the sauce was divine – it was like an excellent posh chinese take-away dish. The fries on the side I wasn't so sure of, they contained a cross continental offering off pulled portk, kimchi (which was nowhere near as sour as the ‘real’ stuff' and cheese. All nice in its own right but unconvincing mixed with some pretty average fries. My girlfriend raved about the pork hash and nobody had any complaints about their onglet steak.
All in all this was a tasty experience with interesting and well executed dishes, however the service and the surroundings could get on your nerves in a way which might just detract from the enjoyment. It was certainly not a bargain but I've definitely felt more aggrieved at the size of a bill before!