Nuala 1

70-74 City Road , London, EC1Y 2BJ

Nuala London restaurant bar chef Niall Davidson

SquareMeal Review of Nuala

Irish chef Niall Davidson cut his teeth at top restaurants, including St John Bread and Wine and Chiltern Firehouse. He’s now opened a 75-seater, all-day space on City road that is all about comfort food and cosy surroundings, contrasting starkly with the industrial vibes of the location. Nuala centres on a firepit that burns all night long, and is used to turn out beef and fish dishes. Elsewhere on the menu, you will find the comforting likes of flamed clams in cider, clay-baked spider crab with Indian spices, and bone-marrow savoury doughnuts. After dinner, guests can head to the basement bar for drinks and to listen to some Irish music, referencing Davidson’s Celtic heritage.     

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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...

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