Perilla
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Silver Award

On a corner of Newington Green with huge windows looking onto the busy streets, Perilla’s interior looks like a masterclass in salvage: old doors are repurposed as tables, drinking troughs serve as wine coolers and there’s a vintage terrazzo floor, while huge linen napkins add a welcome touch of luxury. The food is adventurous but genuine, with bags of imagination applied to good ingredients: shards of cauliflower-shaped ‘sparassis’ mushrooms are teamed with salted plums and ricotta, all shrouded in lustrous lardo, while mains include a wonderfully meaty dish involving 60-day loin of beef topped with a sliver of rump, served with steamed mussels and Tropea onions in a rich green sauce. To start, superb seaweed bread is brushed with roasted lamb fat and served with delicious burnt butter (sticky fingers all round!); to finish, don’t miss the sweet clover-infused custard with Muscat grapes and tarragon. The perfectly judged European wine list has plenty by the glass or carafe, but there’s also hipster local beer and a choice of homemade soft drinks. Perilla’s owners are on a mission – and the locals seem to love it.

About Perilla

Set in one of north London’s loveliest neighbourhoods, Perilla is a laidback restaurant serving up modern European plates that use basic but high-quality ingredients to elevate them to new heights. Open for both lunch and dinner it welcomes diners who repeatedly return for the regularly changing menus that feature just a handful of options per day. Not to be missed is the house made sourdough with brown butter. Following on from the opening act, the small plates’ section might bring a robustly rich mushroom tart or whiting fried in beef fat with chip shop curry sauce. If you’re after a fuller feast there is a set five course menu that encompasses some of the chef’s favourite dishes of the day, and at £44 reflects great value.  

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Cool, Lively
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Special occasions

Location for Perilla

1-3 Green Lanes, Newington Green, London, N16 9BS

020 7359 0779

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:30-15:00
Sun 12:30-16:30
Dinner
Mon 18:00-22:00
Tue 18:00-22:00
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun 18:00-20:30

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