Islington

  • Sambal Shiok are opening a permanent laksa bar on Holloway Road

    Sambal Shiok are opening a permanent laksa bar on Holloway RoadMalaysian laksa specialists Sambal Shiok have finally found a permanent spot for their critically-acclaimed dishes. Opening up on Holloway Road they're planning some epic weekend brunches and the Riesling wine list sounds good too.

  • Kanada-Ya is bringing their legendary ramen to Islington's Upper Street

    kanadayaFans of Kanada-Ya will already know the deal: big, soupy bowls of rich broth, served with springy noodles cooked to your preferred level of firmness, likely preceded by a lengthy, but worthwhile session spent queueing outside.

  • LeyLey's comes to Holloway with burgers and chicken skin sugar doughnuts

    LeyLey's comes to Holloway with burgers and chicken skin sugar doughnuts

    Looking for a new burger spot in Holloway/Highbury Corner? They LeyLeys may be exactly what you need. They've already appeared as a Marylebone pub residency, and now they've have found a new home in Holloway for six months. 

    It's been set up by William Leighton, who told us:

    "LeyLey's was an idea born out of time I had spent living on the west coast of the US, I fell in love with the

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  • Scotch Egg Challenge 2018 shortlist revealed

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    Updated 8/2/18 with auction details

    Has it really been eight years since the Scotch Egg Challenge first pitted London's chefs against each other in a battle to come up with the best deep-fried egg combo? Apparently so as the eighth bout of this annual contest is about to come round again.

    Taking place at The Canonbury pub in Highbury & Islington on 21 February, the challenge will be hosted by author and writer Joe Warwick. The judges

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  • Llerena is Islington’s new tapas bar (and they’ve got loads of jamón)

    Llerena is Islington’s new tapas bar (and they’ve got loads of jamón)Delicacies from western Spain, ingredients from expert jamón producers Jamon y Salud and a *very* summery drinks menu mean that Llerena a fantastic little addition to Islington’s ever-growing collection of restaurants.

  • Farang is going permanent in Highbury - we catch up with Sebby Holmes to find out more...

    Farang is going permanent in Highbury - we catch up with Sebby Holmes to find out more...

    Ever since it opened early last year, the praise has flooded in for Seb Holmes's Farang in Highbury. With a background of Smoking Goat and The Begging Bowl, as well as a lot of street food under his belt Holmes brought some properly authentic Thai food to the area. 

    However - there was always the worry that it wouldn't be a permanent venture. Farang was set up on the

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  • St Paul cafe is coming to Highbury

    St Paul cafe is coming to HighburyReplacing Nanna's in Islington is St Paul, a new all-day cafe. Expect cakes, pastries, small plates and more.   

  • Test Driving Linden Stores - Islington gets another winner

    potatoesLinden Stores in Islington turns out to be a great wine shop mixed in with some wonderful small plates - we're pretty happy with our new local.

  • James Cochran closes his Islington restaurant

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    James Cochran's Islington restaurant has closed within four months of opening. The restaurant, which was upstairs at the Angel Shopping Centre in Islington, quietly closed its doors a few weeks ago. But following various enquiries on and off social it seems the restaurant has finally put up a notice confirming its closure.

    Odd thing though. When you look for information on his website, there's simply a notice that "This popup location has now

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  • Linden Stores wine shop and restaurant comes to Highbury

    LInden Stores wine shop and restaurant comes to HighburyTaking over the spot vacated by Prawn on the Lawn, this is a new wine shop and restaurant in Islington - run by half of both Oklava and Boustead & Bidois.

  • Islington’s Thai Square reopens nearly a year of post-flood refurbishment

    Islington’s Thai Square reopens nearly a year of post-flood refurbishment

    Lots of us will remember when last year, a burst water main led to some pretty epic flooding around Islington’s Upper Street. The cost of the damage caused ran into the millions, and of course, affected the area’s abundance of

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  • Borough Wine & Beers' next residency is Elaine & Pete's Dining Room

    Borough Wine & Beers' next residency is Elaine & Pete's Dining Room

    The chef from Dalston’s A Little Of What You Fancy is the latest to step into the residency role at Borough Wines & Beers downstairs brewery.

    Elaine Chalmers, along with her long-term associate chef Pete Le Faucheur will be setting up Elaine & Pete’s Dining Room in Brewery Below.

    It’ll be a seasonal, regularly changing menu with some intriguing ingredient combinations, like

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  • Motu are expanding their delivery service to Islington and Swiss Cottage

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    It's good news for North Londoners today as JKS Restaurants (the family behind Gymkhana and Trishna, among others) has just said it'll be opening two new Motu Indian Kitchen sites this autumn, in Islington on October 17th and Swiss Cottage on November 3rd. That brings what they term their 'refined' versions of Indian takeaway classics to area ranging from Camden and Holloway to Hamstead and Finchley Road.

    Both sites of the delivery-only service will feature dishes that are

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  • Tel Aviv chef Oded Oren is popping up with Lebanese wines at Borough Wine and Beers

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    Islington restaurant and micro-brewery Borough Wine & Beers has been keeping busy this year with a series of excellent pop-ups. They're showing no sign of letting up for the time being too. Now they've announced that the next to join will be Oded Oren, an Israeli chef who's previously worked down south in the well-received Louie Louie

    This time

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  • Grain and Graze is a Merchant Gourmet Islington pop-up restaurant

    Grain and Graze is a Merchant Gourmet Islington pop-up restaurant

    Online retailer Merchant Gourmet (where you can buy all manner of pulses and grains) are getting into the restaurant business with a pop-up space in Islington. It's working as a companion to their website so, as you might expect, those grains and pulses are heavily featured on the menu.

    While it's a strongly vegetarian affair, it's not completely veggie either with a few meat dishes cropping up. And for

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