Islington remains one of London's most transient restaurant areas - new projects come and go here like passing ships, but Frederick's remains resolutely in its rightful place on Camden Passage. This beloved Islington institution has been here for over 50 years now, and customers (some of whom have visited for a number of decades) will all tell you - it's as good as it always has been.
The unassuming frontage doesn't give any clues as to what to expect on the inside. Frederick's has a gorgeous, airy courtyard dining room that doubles as a conservatory. The domed glass roof bathes the restaurant in light, and there are planters with bushes and trees among the tables. In the summer, we'd venture that this is one of London's most delightful dining rooms. Glass doors at the back open onto an open air terrace for al fresco dining.
Frederick's serves a smart modern European menu full of well-executed classics. Starters include crab bisque with puff pastry and rouille, pan-fried scallops with braised fennel and pomegranate and mango dressing, and ham hock and parsley terrine with potato salad. There's a focus on quality meat and fish dishes among the mains (for example, chargrilled chicken breast with wild mushroom risotto, an assiette of duck, and a roast Welsh lamb rump with crushed new potatoes and a butterbean gratin) but there's also a separate vegetarian menu as well. Desserts like pistachio creme brulee and baked passionfruit Alaska are worth saving space for.
The wine list is equally well curated, with a mix of affordable and fine wines from Europe and the new world.
familiar yet focused service and an enviable wine list. Frederick's continues to be run by the Segal family and is proud to be regarded as an Islington Institution.
Frederick’s will be open from Tuesday through to Saturday with private parties bookable on Sunday and Monday. The same team is looking forward to seeing you. We can’t wait to shake you a martini and decant a fine wine for you to enjoy.