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Angelina’s shtick of blending Japanese and Italian cuisine might seem like a novel one, but it’s been tried before – in 2003, Shumi in St James’s served ‘Italian sushi’ (and was widely mocked for its efforts) while in 2016 high-end Japanese Sumosan moved from Mayfair to Knightsbridge, rebranding as Sumosan Twiga and introducing alternative menus of Japanese and Italian dishes.

Here in Dalston, Angelina takes things one step further, combining elements from both culinary traditions in the same dish from a weekly changing five-plate sharing menu. The combination of cuisines is gentler than anticipated – we found what we ate was mostly Italian food with welcome notes of Japanese influence.

Take the fritto misto/tempura, which involves cime di rapa coated in a crisp and lacy batter and served with a sweet soy sauce for dipping. Elsewhere, tomato linguine is pepped up with shavings of wasabi, while dense discs of braised pork are deep-fried and coated in breadcrumbs and served with a sweet-and-sour sauce. To finish, there’s an exemplary take on a rice pudding – a creamy concoction studded with chunks of tart blood orange, pellets of pistachio and finished off with chocolate shavings.  

It’s a chic and minimalist space, featuring streaked marble tables, hanging Chinese lanterns and an open kitchen complete with counter seating. Another ace up Angelina’s sleeve is its tiny in-house cocktail bar Golden Gai, which has just six seats and operates a strict no-phones policy.

Quirky and cutting-edge without feeling gimmicky, Angelina is a welcome and well-considered addition to Dalston’s burgeoning restaurant scene. 

About Angelina

Following the lead of restaurants like Sumosan Twiga in Knightsbridge, Angelina serves a menu which blends Japanese and Italian cuisine, but in a far more minimalist space in the grittier surrounds of Dalston.

Headed up by chef duo Joshua Owens-Baigler and Daniele Ceforo, whose CVs include the likes of Bocca di Lupo  and The River Café, Angelina serves a daily eight-plate sharing menu, while those short on time can opt for the Chef’s Choice daily plate with a glass of wine for £12.

On the menu, you might find the likes of unagi risotto with burnt soy butter and dashi, or tonkotsu with egg and keta caviar. Head downstairs to experience the Golden Gai bar, which seats just six people. Here, you’ll find wines alongside cocktails such as the Gianduja Coupe: a blend of Gianduja Italian chocolate, espresso, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur and Japanese blended Nikka whisky.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Italian, Japanese
Ambience
Cool, Lively
Special Features
Counter dining
People
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Location for Angelina

56 Dalston Lane, London, London, E8 3AH

020 7241 1851

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-23:00
Thu 18:00-23:00
Fri 18:00-23:00
Sat 18:00-23:30
Sun 18:00-23:30

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Ms/Mrs. Melie C

16th Feb. 2019 Tonight at Angelina's Dalston.
16 February 2019  

The place looks VERY nice AND elegant, romantic even ...  :) You can even see the chefs cooking if you wish. Comfortable sitting. ( Good/soft lighting and candles give it a restful and pleasant atmosphere.) the background music is very nice and not too loud or intrusive. The service was very good and quick! I was taken care of by Arman and Tom this evening...both did an excellent job at answering all my many questions ( ahah) patiently, explaining the dishes etc...and also telling me that they did vegetarian and vegan dishes if requested. I never once had to refill my glass, they had a keen eye! I enjoyed the delicate and good quality food. I had a taster menu. I enjoyed every dish ( quite original and unusual )  and the beef was cooked just as I like it and tender.  All was good including the pannacotta (?) dessert ...I just wish there had been more of it/dessert... but this may be me being greedy? ahah it was sooo nice!! I live so near I will come again. I do recommend. It made a special night out for me and my friend. I wish you good luck guys!! :) Melie& Sevki.    

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