Ostuni Highgate 1

1 Hampstead Lane , London, N6 4RS

1 reviews

40 Italian Highgate

  • Ostuni Italian restaurant North London
  • Ostuni Italian restaurant North London
  • Ostuni Italian restaurant North London
  • Ostuni Italian restaurant North London
  • Ostuni Italian restaurant North London

SquareMeal Review of Ostuni Highgate

Puglia, that southern, sun-soaked region of Italy, had been under-represented (ie non-existent) on the London dining scene until this double-fronted cantina opened its doors. Ostuni’s shtick is rustic plates of pasta, seafood and ‘bombettes’ (rolled pork with provolone cheese) baked in a traditional stone oven. It’s packed most nights, which means service is frenetic, but it’s warm and authentic – just like the food. Tonno carpaccio is light, and garnished with lemony raw fennel salad. The slow-cooked octopus with fava bean purée is umami-rich and perfectly cooked. Foglia d’ulivo – olive leaf shaped green pasta with garlic mushrooms, truffle and a dollop of burrata melting on top – is heaven in a dish. Fresh fish is brought in daily, so the sea bream baked in a salt crust or catch of the day is worth a shot, served with a rocket and fennel salad, leaving room for a mug of tiramisu to finish. Kick off with a Negroni then move on to a carafe of Locorotondo, a punchy white that pairs well with meat and fish.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Highgate Tube Station 671m

Archway Tube Station 1km


Address: 1 Hampstead Lane , London N6 4RS

Area: Highgate

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-10.30pm


Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Lynn W. platinum reviewer 24 July 2016

The food is rustic and seems authentic. We started with a bowl of different breads - all of them good - and a plate of salami and cured capocollo. Then we had a dish of roasted meats to share, including bombette, chunks of lamb and a tiny bit of chicken along with some fennel and radish salad, and a sort of sweet chilli tomato sauce for dipping. Add some ultra-thin and crispy courgette fries and this was filling and plenty for two. With a bottle of Puglian red we felt very relaxed and almost on holiday, made even more so by bumping into some friends we hadn't seen for ages. This feels like a good community place, and good news for Highgate.