If you’re the owner of one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, what’s a logical next move? The guys behind Bocca di Lupo decided that it should be to open a Creole and Cajun-style place in a converted pub in Islington. Stepping inside the new Plaquemine Lock feels like walking into a kitschy theme pub, and there are po’boys and seafood gumbo on the menu. While the food’s fine, the service aspect can be hit and miss.
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Shambol Shiok is a neighbourhood favourite serving Malay specialties on the Holloway Road. Come for the laksa and stay for the shrimp sweats.
Island Queen is the sort of pub you go to if you want to settle down for an afternoon of schmoozing or watching the big match on a large-screen TV.
Little Georgia in Islington has fun vibes, friendly waiters, and an excellent Georgian menu. Come for a group dinner or date night.
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Duck and Waffle’s second location doesn’t have spectacular views, nor is it open 24 hours, but it’s a solid low risk option in Piccadilly.
The Orange Buffalo
Street food giants Orange Buffalo have moved into the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen. They have a bigger menu, but the wings are still the main draw.
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If you want to know where to find the best Italian food in Soho is, it’s at Bocca di Lupo.
Want low-key cool in Highbury? Westerns Laundry is a modern wine bar & restaurant in a converted garage that does brilliant small plates.
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