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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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John Salt. This was a recommendation from my boss. This tapas style restaurant is also a bar so there was a lot of noise. The restaurant was packed so we had to sit in the bar area and it was strange making my food order at the bar too and paying up front. But this was a minor issue and the food was good.
As sharing plates we ordered six items in all. Fried courgettes with fennel salt, charred mackerel with pepper salsa, crab kampot in sourdough bread, jerk pork with pineapple, fillet beef with chimichurri and aged dripping chips. This was all enough for Laura and I and was very delicious.
A brief breakdown; the Kampot crab was amazing. Crab with Cambodian flavours of garlic, ginger, a hint of chillies and other things I don't know on top of bread almost like a pâté. They were not stingy with the crab it herbs so this was awesome and a great way to start. The food comes out once its ready and not in any specific order. Next the crispy courgettes were nice and crunchy yet soft and juicy inside. The fennel salt made it very moreish and its great that Laura is only little and doesn't eat much as there was more for me.
The mackerel was good but slightly underwhelming, especially after the crab. The meats we ordered were nice and had the Mediterranean flavours of North Africa and Greece in them. Laura described then as pork which was “tender with some crunch from the cornbread” and the fillet which was cooked medium had “lots of flavour, oil and oregano”.
A good place to go and at just over £50 for two with a drink each = a great night out. I do enjoy date night with Laura and tapas is great because you get to try various dishes and it is always a bit of excitement whilst waiting for what comes next.