Vins specialises in serving low-intervention wine and simple food. It bucks the small, expensive, sharing plates trend by serving big rustic dishes like fregola with pigs cheek and spring onions (small sharing plates are also available), and, as such, is not the kind of place you’re going to leave feeling hungry. In fact it’s a great neighbourhood spot. It’s perfect for a date, but it’s equally good for crowding a bunch of old friends around a table and catching up over a couple of bottles of wine.
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Dotori is a busy, cash-only neighbourhood restaurant in Finsbury Park serving excellent and inexpensive Korean, and passable Japanese food.
Mountgrove Bothy is a relaxed wine bar in Highbury serving market-fresh snacks in the week, and hosting pop-ups in the kitchen at the weekend.
Trullo is the kind of neighbourhood Italian restaurant you’d find in an actual Italian neighbourhood, and the food is simply fantastic.
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Hoi Pollo is an all-day restaurant inside the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. It works for a lot of things, but we like it for breakfast and low-key dinners.
Six Portland Road
Six Portland Road is a low-key neighbourhood spot serving elegant, unfussy food to lucky locals in a well-to-do corner of Notting Hill.
Duck & Waffle
London’s favourite 24-hour, swish restaurant at the top of a skyscraper is perfect for brunch or very late night eats.
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