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The latest restaurant from Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, the uber-restaurateurs who count The Wolseley, The Delaunay and Brasserie Zédel among their ranks, takes its name from Monsieur Bellanger (seller of Delaunay-Belville automobiles) and, more importantly, makes a welcome addition to chain-heavy Upper Street. A trademark interior of polished wood, oil paintings, and gold finishes gives the spacious dining room a bright bistro feel, all designed by Shayne Brady of Brady Williams.

During our pre-opening lunch, we ate from a shortened version of a menu which celebrates the brasseurs (brewers) of Alsace. Expect a selection of French classics (similar to those which have made its siblings Brasserie Zédel and Colbert famous), alongside more Eastern European-leaning dishes: tangy salad râpées was brought up to date with the addition of celeriac and beetroot alongside the typical grated carrot, while beetroot-cured salmon with horseradish was perfect in its simplicity. Other options included a hearty pâté de campagne with fig jam, soupe à la bière (yes, that’s beer soup), or the 1980s favourite, a crayfish, prawn and avocado cocktail. For the main event, grilled chicken paillard was light and will no doubt prove popular among lunchtime diners, while cod à la Grenobloise (lemon, capers and parsley) was surprisingly rich, made more so by a side of creamy spinach. Sharing seems to be encouraged: coq au Reisling and baeckeoffe (beef, pork and lamb braised in Gewürztraminer wine) are offered for two or four people, while there’s a dedicated saucisse selection inviting diners to choose from varieties including Toulouse pork and wild boar with cranberry and venison.

For pudding, expect French classics such as tarte au pommes, Crêpe Suzette à la mode and vanilla crème brûlée. We’d been tipped off to order the tarte flambée, however, which arrives paper-thin on a wooden board, smeared with sticky apple and scattered chards of caramelised nut brittle. We’re told that when Bellanger is fully open, these will be available with savoury toppings such as goats’ cheese or bacon: basically the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine at the bar. We have every confidence that classy Bellanger will gain a strong reputation in Islington.

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Bellanger

9 Islington Green ,London N1 2XH

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Another great meal at Bellanger

by   bronze reviewer (6)

Apr 2017

Bellanger has quickly become a 'go to' destination in Islington for anything from a coffee and croissant to a celebration meal. The staff are unfailingly welcoming and professional, and the food excellent. On this occasion, a friend and I had an evening catch up in a quiet booth over two delicious courses (confit duck and scallops as mains, then a pastry and an ice cream coupe). The lunch time through to 6.30 pm set menu is very good value, although the a la carte can become quite expensive...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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Bellanger

9 Islington Green ,London N1 2XH

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Bit of a disappointment

by   bronze reviewer (7)

Nov 2016

Booked this restaurant because of good reviews. We came to London to enjoy an anniversary present our kids gave us some time ago and I asked for a nice table. When we arrived we were shown to a booth, wich was opposite a service station. So certainly not the nicest location. The restaurant was mostly empty and therefore lacked atmosphere. We were given menus but were not asked if we wanted to order some drinks while we were studying the menus. After quite some time, the head waiter came and took...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 6

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9 Islington Green ,London N1 2XH

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Polished grand cafe

by   platinum reviewer (85)

May 2016

A lovely welcome and we were swept into the grand salon at the back of this turn of the century-style brasserie. Water, bread and butter arrived promptly, and we studied the menu. There are so many things you want to eat! We started with citrusy and nutty avocado and superfood salad, and perfect English green asparagus with hollandaise, apparently simple but so delicious. Then we had the Coq au Riesling - braised landaise chicken with mushrooms and pearl onions in creamy sauce for two - served...

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Lynn W.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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9 Islington Green ,London N1 2XH

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Welcome to Islington

by   silver reviewer (18)

Feb 2016

Editor's pick Islington at last has a fine restaurant in one of its prime positions, overlooking the green. The latest outpost of the King and Corbin empire whisks us off to Alsace. The rather tired interior of Brown’s has been overhauled and the deep T-shaped space has been decked out stylishly but subtlely. A few rough edges in the service will no doubt be ironed out as the days go by – the waiter had to come back to check which bottle of wine we’d ordered, and another hadn’t quite gauged that difficult science...

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James J.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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9 Islington Green ,London N1 2XH

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Bit of a shame

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Dec 2015

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We tried this as a new restaurant hoping it would be better than the previous option here. Unfortunately the food was not good - a bland main and sides. McDonald's do better fries. Service was average and ww were squeezed in next to another group when the restaurant was pretty empty. A shame - could have been good but wouldn't go back.

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 1

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    Britain’s long relationship with France has been a fraught and tangled one, to say the least. Thankfully that hasn’t stopped a surge of new French restaurants opening in London over the past couple of years. Bellanger, from the people behind Brasserie Zedel and The Delaunay, focusses on cuisine from Alsace-Lorraine. This region of France has alternated between French and German control many times over its history, resulting in food that’s a unique combination of Gallic and Teutonic.
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Steve Collins

Steve has built his career in the Hospitality industry since leaving school and brings with him a wealth of experience that has already shone through since joining us as part of Bellanger's opening team. Previously working for businesses such as Smith and Wollensky, The Blues Kitchen and ME Hotel London, Steve is a mature, highly competent and adaptable head chef and we are excited about the future for the Bellanger kitchen and team with him at the helm.

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On a slightly raised level towards the back of the restaurant, Bellanger's semi-private 'Upper Room' features dark wood panelling, mirrors and soft lighting. 'The Alcove', located towards the front of the restaurant is a more intimate space which seats up to 10. For availability, menus, further information and to book, please email events@bellanger.co.uk.

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