If restriction is what you’re after, this is not for you. Navigating the menu at Islington 100 requires determination, and not a too-easily distracted mind. Small plates are grouped together as vegetarian, meaty and fishy options – simple enough– but with few of the ingredients listed, you have to somewhat trust your instinct. Or in our case, our very accommodating and knowledgable waitress. On her recommendation, we try a selection of small plates – that actually turn out to be not so small – and are relieved to find it probably wouldn’t have mattered if we’d picked of the menu by closing our eyes and pointing blind. The dishes are sophisticated, with interesting flavour combinations that draw on head chef Francis Puyat’s Asian heritage and his time at NOPI. The okra dahl is an unexpected favourite, along with the burnt aubergine salad that comes with shavings of granny smith and hazelnuts – a flavour combination that absolutely works. While the weather is still holding up, grab one of the seats out front – perfect for watching those lucky buggers who still haven’t been priced out of Islington make their way home.
Where: 270 Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UQ
Travel: Angel tube