Foodie Spotlight: Hip Cafes & Restaurants

Newington Green has become a true hub for adventurous foodies.

Book a table or simply drop into one of these excellent eateries when you’re in the neighbourhood.

Perilla

 

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This relaxed neighbourhood restaurant opened its doors back in the Autumn of 2016 promising an effervescent seasonal menu that would warm cockles in the winter and tempt diners through to the balmy summer; a promise that has been well kept to. Not only is the food wide-ranging and boundary breaking (Octopus Bolognese anyone?), but it’s reasonably priced too; a near-fine dining experience of this calibre, with drinks to accommodate, will put you back around £70 per head.

Where? 1-3 Green Lanes

Lizzy’s On The Green

 

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The pleasant decking area that is afforded Lizzy’s On The Green offers just enough space to enjoy a lovely breakfast/brunch/lunch, made even more special by the excellent coffee that is available there all the year round. Their trademark black-cherried Alchemy beans are usually enough to pique the interest of the most casual of coffee lovers whilst most foodies will no doubt be tempted by the likes of their smokes creamed corn and jalapeno toast or delicious cakes.

Where? On Newington Green

Feest at the Greenhouse N16

 

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Near the bottom of Green Lane you’ll find the rather cavernous and tremendously hip Greenhouse N16. This bustling co-working space is home to a baffling variety of folks and start ups, with graphic designers and writers jostling with budding entrepreneurs figuring out how to set up a cleaning business. The cafe downstairs caters to this young crowd well; excellent coffee is paired with wholesome lunch options ranging from curries and immune-boosting salads to stunning sandwiches and salads.

Where? 49 Green Lanes

Acoustic Brasserie

 

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Adil Kolcak is the man behind Acoustic Brasserie, a Mediterranean eaterie that offers a glimpse into his three decades of experience in the food industry. Whether you’re eating brunch or dinner, you’ll spot little touches of Turkish, Italian, French and even Lebanese cookery throughout the menu here. Dinner is far from a complicated experience here and the friendly waiting staff offer the kind of relaxed service that you’d expect in sunny Tuscan ristorante – in short, it’s a real treat.

Where? 60 Newington Green

Trangallan

 

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Tapas has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years, from foodie darling to hair-trigger eye-ball rolling cynicism, but thanks to decent places like Trangallan (Galician for a kind of fashionable rapscallion) this style of eaterie is seeing something of a resurgence. Although you will find some classic tapas dishes here that you’ll no doubt be familiar with (see their traditional tortilla and green salad), they do try to push the boat out, try out their Iberian pork abanico with spinach and beets & hazelnut praline to get a taste of this adventurous spirit.

Where? 61 Newington Green

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