30 May Sardine
Tucked behind the sad City Road McDonald’s and the Old Street gas station lies this little shiny gem of a neobistrot (bright wood, concrete, pastel colours and communal table) open from dawn to dusk.
Inspired by the Mediterranean, chef Alex Jackson (Dock Kitchen, Rotorino) rustles up simple and straightforward with a loud Provencal accent, but not only: radishes, crème fraîche and bottarga; Spanish-like grilled calcots and romesco sauce; fragrant hake, clams and rouille stew; roast chicken with anchovy butter, bacon and sprout tops; nougat ice cream and fennel biscuits… Linger over the charming company of Michele Alois’ Caulino Falanghina, and come back en famille to share a bouillabaisse or a lamb à la ficelle.
WHEN TO GO
La Grande Bouffe events
£15 onglet steak + glass of house red (Monday from 6pm)
Pre-order for week lunches (Tues-Fri)
Daily sandwich (£5.50)
Salade niçoise (£10)
Menus: £16-20 (Mon 6-7pm, Tues-Fri 12-3pm and 6-7 pm)
Family dishes to share: £19-40 pp
Wine: glass from £4.50, bottle from £25
Tuesday-Friday 12-3pm and 6-10pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm and 6-10pm