Nuala 1

70-74 City Road , London, EC1Y 2BJ

  • Nuala restaurant small plates tartar chicken drinks
  • Nuala restaurant interior wood leather circular booths
  • Nuala restaurant t bone steak small plates drinks

SquareMeal Review of Nuala

Owned by former Chiltern Firehouse chef Niall Davidson and with a team whose CVs include The Fat Duck and Noma, Nuala sprinkles a little bit of stardust to a grimy corner of City Road by Old Street roundabout (choose a seat facing into the restaurant). But while the view through the huge windows may be aggressively urban, it’s softened inside by curvy leather banquettes, warm brick and wood walls, homely Cesca chairs (also spotted at Roganic) and a firepit in the kitchen.  

We preferred mains of cod with leeks and a beautiful, buttery sauce, and a roughly chopped steak tartare made sloppy with egg yolk and a stout sauce, to starters of sautéed sweetbreads mismatched with a sort of cauliflower cheese, and a pedestrian (but very pretty) bowl of salt-baked beetroot with ricotta and orange. Extras impressed the most: seaweed butter with good sourdough, a pre-starter cracker slathered with cod’s roe, dauphinois potatoes with lamb fat gravy, and fried cabbage and bacon (the last two would make a lovely main course in themselves). 

We enjoyed what we ate, but didn’t find it very different to a good gastropub, while service from too many staff and long waits for drinks (from an interesting list) gave our lunch a rather disjointed feel. Guinness, whiskey cocktails and live music in Nuala’s downstairs bar might be a better first taste of a newcomer with promise. 

Nuala is recommended for

Buzzy | Cool | Widely Spaced Tables | Group Dining 8 Plus | Special Occasions Under 40S | Afternoon Eating | Sunday Roast

Are you the restaurant owner?

Click here for Links & Logos

Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Old Street Tube Station 42m

Old Street Station 127m


Address: 70-74 City Road , London EC1Y 2BJ

Area: Clerkenwell Barbican

Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-12M (Fri-Sat -2am)

Nearby Landmarks

The Brewery 549m

The Barbican Arts & Conference Centre 662m


Telephone: 020 3904 0462


Cuisine: Irish British


Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 9.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Mike S. bronze reviewer 15 January 2018

When you read the career trajectory of the head chef here you expect great things, and when you walk into this place and see the open firepit and smell the sucking pig roasting you expect even greater things. Set in an industrial themed space upstairs featuring exposed brickwork, steel girders and huge slabs of granite for work tops. Our party was 7 in total, old friends who haven't seen each other for a while, and this place is perfect for it. Large friendly atmosphere with staff who are more than happy to engage in conversations with you, the music is great and not so loud you have to shout, which is becoming a big turnoff in my old age. The food arrives, I have veal sweetbreads to start and rabbit for my main, others in the group had cod, the pumpkin salad and a couple have steak. It's all excellent, made evident with the chatter having stopped completely and our only communication being nodding and pointing to plates with forks, exchanging plates with the other members, then nodding some more. When you finish dinner we head downstairs to the bar serving some classic cocktails and excellent whiskies. A special mention should go to one of the bartenders, who not only made me one of the best old fashioneds I've had, but also made multiple excellent whisky recommendations including a Tullamore Dew 14 and a delicious Glenfarclas 25. Chatty and friendly she's hard to miss, just follow the bright blue hair... I'll be back here, it's perfect for small to large groups who want good food done very, very well. I just need to find a small to large group immediately...

Check out the SquareMeal Lists which include Nuala