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9 Islington Green
020 7226 2555
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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9 Islington Green
020 7226 2555
Angel Tube Station 475m
Essex Road Station 648m
The Screen on the Green Cinema 86m
King's Head Theatre 210m
Tues-Sat 8am-10pm (Fri-Sat -11pm) Sun 8am-10pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Food + drink: 4
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 for three courses. But overall highly recommended.
Food + drink: 3
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 our order. Wasn't sure if the beef tartare was hand cut or not. My wife ordered a crab, crayfish and avocado salad and it looked like a bowl of mush. Food was just delivered without any courtesy, no Bon appetite or similar. We didn't feel like spending more time there and asked for the bill. Then a nice touch, a plate of petit four arrived, with happy anniversary written in chocolate. It didn't quite make up for an underwhelming dining experience.
Friendly and professional after theatre experience. Good uncomplicated food, good value, pleasant and efficient service. Excellent addition to Islington. Would recommend
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