Top Cuvée

At last, Blackstock Road has its very own top local spot! The word has clearly spread: past the nameless window, Brodie Meah (dinner by Heston in Melbourne), Dan Miller (ex-Naughty Piglets), Max and Noel Venning (Three Sheets)’s home is all bubbling, no-fuss fun between the warm tangerine walls and exposed bricks.

Dan wins us over with his crispy-gooey sweet potato and sage croquettes, Piglet style, and the “best soda bread out of Ireland” says the Irish bread expert who knows a thing or two. Keep going with a creamy burrata, electric pickled carrots and crunchy cashew pesto; slightly ‘déjà vu‘ Cornish clams and ‘nudja; and a soft and strong beef tartare with smoked eel and sorrel, before the retro-gourmet crème caramel… Brighten up the parade with natural sips and loud, friendly chatter. Filling a Finsbury Park/Highbury neighbourhood food gap, this little bistrot 2.0. nothing groundbreaking, and that’s just the way we like it.

Valentine Benoist

THE SPOT TO KNOW

Table for two in the left corner

WHEN TO GO

Share a casserole dish on weekend lunches

TAKEAWAY

Menu

Snacks: £2.50-10
Sharing plates: £8-14
Desserts: £4.50-13
Wine: glass from £6, bottle from £25

Wednesday-Friday 6pm-12am
Saturday-Sunday 12-3pm and 6pm-12am

177B Blackstock Road
London N5 2LL

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