Water House

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Perched on the Regent’s Canal, this stylish little spot is a barometer of the area’s increasing upward mobility. It’s also a nice place to eat. Last summer saw the closure of sister restaurant Acorn House, & the transplant of the latter’s head chef here. At lunchtime you’ll find Dalston locals tapping on their Macs & choosing from a simple, inexpensive blackboard menu. In the evenings, things get more sophisticated. English tomato soup with almond & basil pesto could segue into char-grilled lamb cutlets, carrot, cumin & tamarind, followed by wacky & wonderful desserts such as Jersey milk jelly, caramel popcorn & coriander-seed sablé. Tip-top ethical credentials include the expected focus on seasonality & sourcing, but this ‘social enterprise’ also trains local people, eschews bottled water in favour of filtered tap, & has a wormery to digest kitchen scraps.

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Water House

8 Orsman Road ,London N1 5QJ

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May 2012

Was so surprised to find this and have an enormous homemade burger and chips for £6. Even more impressive was the free bottled water on the table, not hassled to buy drinks, not charged service (apparently they only do that in the evening) and could have had a side salad instead of the chips, but the homemade chips were worth the calories (and the free mayo). Also nice atmosphere and they said they do take away…

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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Water House

8 Orsman Road ,London N1 5QJ

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Feb 2010

This is one of our ‘best finds’ of all our local restaurants. Whilst the food here can be slightly erratic, the young chefs are clearly aspirational and dedicated to interesting modern english cooking: when they hit the high notes with really good dish, you can't quite believe this restaurant isn't packed to the gills on a saturday night. When you take into account the low cost and high quality of the dishes served here, coupled with a nice wine list and a lovely canal side location (great in the...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 8

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