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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Café
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“A modern pub with lots of seating. A good selection of drinks. Mostly known for hamburgers, but also does all the usual breakfast and lunch favourites such as eggs benedict/royale.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Café
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“A truly lovely cafe, a short walk from Highbury & Islington station. Delicious vegetarian and vegan food, coffee and fresh juices.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
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“Coal-black US-style rock bar with powerful jukebox, frequent host to bands and music fairs. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Shaanxi Restaurant
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“The hand-pulled noodles, the cold noodles, the chicken in ginger sauce, and one of the beef buns. At a maximum, go nuts on the other authentic Sichuan staples on the menu. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“The sister restaurant to the beloved Primeur, Westerns Laundry is a small plates spot in Highbury that’s been set up in a converted garage. Focusing on seafood and natural wines, the Spanish-inspired menu changes every day based on whatever’s in season. So you might get some langoustines with a dollop of old-school Marie Rose sauce one day, or a seabass crudo with nice olive oil the next. However, despite the rotating menu, you’ll always find croquetas, oysters, and a rum baba for dessert. The food’s consistently good and though it sounds sophisticated for a neighbourhood restaurant, the experience feels surprisingly casual, especially when you clock that you’re eating in a redecorated parking space.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Fantastic quality Japanese food - we eat from there at least once a month. Delicious. Don't miss the Wakame salad. The Yaki Udon are great, as are the Donburi. The Seven Sisters Roll is a treat if you're in a group.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Traditional Ethiopian cuisine with vegetarian options in a no-frills restaurant with African motifs.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“ The pizza produced by these guys is up there with the best! Starting out in 2014 with a shop in Clapton (seats 20ish) Yard Sale has since been mentioned in any top pizza article, competition, conversation... and rightly so. Their 2nd shop in Finsbury seats 28 however also delivers to the local post codes. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Great Spanish food a very reasonable prices. Lovely warm atmosphere run by a Spanish/Portuguese family who have been there for 30 years. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Traditional Vietnamese small & shared plates, pho, & drinks in a relaxed space with vintage photos.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Little known, but much loved Thai restaurant in Upper Holloway. A few minutes on the 43 or 271 bus, or a 25-30 minute walk. If you like Thai food, it's worth a visit.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I went there the day it opened and have had delicious Chinese food there ever since!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“The entire family thinks this is the best place in London for Indian food - we've eaten here for decades ... and it's just around the corner from home.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Mediterranean staples made with Calabrian produce, plus match-day menus in a child-friendly venue.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
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“Low-key cocktail bar. There is a guest gin every week, a weekly pub quiz night and there are pop-up restaurants serving food. Small beer garden out the back, ping pong table downstairs.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“Nearby bar in a very impressive old music hall - very cheap drinks and food!”
  • 4 locals recommend