Food and drink
Inventive recipes, punchy flavours, precision cooking – gastronauts will love it. Ingredients are drawn from the wider Mediterranean larder (saffron, faro, dried limes, date syrup) but put together in contemporary fashion. Presentation is prettily rustic rather than chi-chi and dishes are designed for sharing: order a total of six or eight for dinner. Breakfast and lunch are very popular here too. I’ve never thought the baking or desserts were particularly good but the rest of London vehemently disagrees with me. Do pick up one of the excellent cookbooks as a souvenir.
White, white white: walls, Corian communal table, Panton chairs... puts the focus on the colourful food, darling.
Good but getting the bill sorted can be frustrating – when there’s a queue of customers out the door you think they’d try to turn tables more quickly.
Opposite the Almeida theatre in Islington.
You may be surprised that a place that runs as a café during the day can be so pricey: a hearty dinner with wine will cost around £85 – not including cook book!
See website for details of the smaller Notting Hill, Kensington and Belgravia branches.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- People watching