strengthofabear's Qype reviews
5 Chapel Market, Islington, London N1 9EZ
10 Thornhill Road, Barnsbury, London N1 1HW
strengthofabear wrote on 15 January 2012
Had a very tasty Sunday lunch here today. As a group we had the whole roast chicken, the beef and the pork. All were great although the amount of chicken per person vastly exceeded what you get with the beef and the pork. The kale and carrots that came with each were also very nice. I couldn’t eat any of the potatoes as I’m not a massive potato fan and I was too full of chicken. We had a bottle of the house wine (its branded as the Albion’s own house wine) which was tasty and reasonably priced at £16
80 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0NU
strengthofabear wrote on 2 January 2012
We had dinner here last night. There was 7 of us and we all had Thalis – we were all still suffering a bit from new year’s eve so Thalis were the safe and easy choice as you get a bit of everything. I chose Goan prawn as the main curry with the Thali, and got two vegetable dishes, a poppadom, a chapati, some salad and sauces. One of the vegetable dishes was lentil and was good, the other had potatoes in and was red (I’m guessing tomatoes?) and was not very tasty. The prawn curry was average at best. It feels to me like this place is more focused on marketing and interior design than having great tasting food. If you want a good curry in Islington Roots @ N1 is a million times better
77-78 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0NU
strengthofabear wrote on 3 September 2011
I can’t believe I didn’t know about the “eat as much meat as you possibly can” Brazilian restaurant concept until last year when I went to one in Putney, as its complete genius and perfect for me. To be honest I’d been a bit disappointed in Putney as some of the meat was overcooked and once they had worked out that we were big eaters the meat started to come more and more slowly – so I had lower expectations when we came here.
Rodizio Rico proceeded to completely smash my expectations. The meat was all cooked just right, tender and not chewy, and it kept coming and coming – our waiter had a little glint in his eye when bringing the meat skewers over, seemed to love it when we accepted his meat, and was visibly disappointed when I had to concede defeat and not eat any more. I didn’t have much from the buffet (why waste space for meat with empty carbs) but I did have some beans and some of the various chilli sauces to accompany the meat, these were very good too.
The service was friendly and relatively quick, all round a really great evening.
80 Liverpool Road, Barnsbury, London N1 0QD
strengthofabear wrote on 3 July 2011
Its probably a bit unfair to judge this place on last night as it was one of the only places in the whole area, including Upper Street, to be showing Haye-Klitschko. As a result it was utterly rammed. Being crowded was not the pub's fault, in fact the queues at the bar were quite reasonable - but the plastic glasses which meant my beer kept getting warm, and the fact that when I left the pub the get cash, leaving friends and drinks inside, I had to queue to get back in - these things were the pubs fault.
333 Goswell Road, Islington, London EC1V 7DG
341 Caledonian Road, London N1 1DW
strengthofabear wrote on 15 May 2011
The best place I've tried on the Caledonian Road for a fry up. Its not amazing but is much more acceptable than the grease mountains you get at other places. You get nice Italian bread rather than toast. Very healthy portion sizes as well
169 Hemingford Road, Islington, London N1 1DA
strengthofabear wrote on 18 April 2011
We had brunch here last week. Unusually they had tortilla with avocado Mexican beans and a poached egg on the menu, so all four of us had that. It was very good, and we followed up with french toast and pancakes to share. The waiter was friendly and helpful. I didn't realise this was a "proper" restaurant at dinner time until I read the other reviews on here but definitely up for trying it
115 Hemingford Road, London N1 1BZ
strengthofabear wrote on 9 April 2011
This place is about 2 minutes away from the flat so I knew it was opening, had made friends with the restaurant on facebook and was following it on twitter, but didn't get round to going to try it out until Thursday this week.
The welcome was very warm and genuine, the waiter seemed pleased to see us especially after I told him I followed him on twitter. Its quite small inside for a restaurant, which helps with the atmosphere as it feels more like the local neighbourhood pub or somebody's house.
The first thing we had was a pre starter, which was sort of a lentil soup (I can't remember the proper name). It was almost perfect, the lentil taste came through just the right amount whilst the texture was creamy but also light.
Then I had lamp chops with mint puree, and tomatos, red onion and beetroot. The lamb melted in my mouth, and was quite delicately flavoured with Indian spices. But the real revelation was the salad, this had also been spiced and flavoured so was sharp but also slightly sweet which cut through the fattiness of the lamb and complemented it very well indeed.
I had fish for the main course, which came with curried squash and a coconut sauce (in a seperate jug). Fish with a curry is quite often disappointing as fish has a less strong flavour the the meats, so it can easily get dominated by the curry sauce. Not so here. I thought the sauce might have come in its own jug for exactly this reason, so I could choose how much I needed to avoid overpowering the fish - however, the sauce was so tasty and light I had all of it. The surplus was soaked up nicely by the squash, which meant I hardly needed any rice. We had spinach with garlic and ginger as a side dish as well, this was more like a sauce and was also excellent, each mouthful tasting of a nice mix of the three ingredients rather than only of garlic or ginger.
We shared carrot pudding with vanilla ice cream for dessert. We had assumed this would be like carrot cake but it wasn't, it was carrot flavoured but was warm and came with other seeds and spices, and a swish of raspberry and mango jams. Great. And they brought us a glass of muscat on the house to go with it.
I will definitely be back.
36 Parkfield Street, Islington, London N1 0PS
strengthofabear wrote on 6 February 2011
A totally average place to watch a film and eat popcorn. Not worth travelling for but convenient for locals. We had the bigger seats but they weren't really that much better than the normal ones, not anywhere near as good as the seats at the Electric cinema, for example.