The Bengal Lancer has been Kentish Town's best Indian restaurant for over two decades. Most orders leave the front door in plastic bags, but the picture-lined space is a good spot for quiet dinners. Focus on the unique dishes, including chicken liver hazri (great sweet and sour sauce) and sabzi begun, an aubergine and chickpea pie. The BL is a long-lived survivor in an area that’s seen a lot of restaurants bite the dust, and there's good reason for that.
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Arancini Brothers is good for a chilled neighbourhood hang in Kentish Town, specialising in deep-fried risotto balls and a solid breakfast wrap.
Rustique is a ‘literary cafe’ with average food, but warmth and bookish vibes. Bring your moleskin and thickest glasses.
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Sagar is a South Indian vegetarian restaurant where the food is incredibly consistent and always tasty.
Indian Veg is a no-frills, all-you-can-eat buffet spot in Islington. It’s pretty good, and very cheap.
If you’re in or around Westfield London, Copper Chimney is a decent place to stop-in for some lamb chops and their roti basket.
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Patron Cave à Manger
The formula at Patron Cave a Manger in Kentish Town is simple. Take impeccable cheese and cured meats, and add great wine. It’s good for casual meets.
Junction Tavern is a Kentish Town gastropub that takes both the gastro and the pub parts of the label seriously.
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