Yipin’s menu covers a lot of the map of China, but you should concentrate on the Hunan and Sichuan sections – that’s where the chefs are from. This is upscale Chinese in an upscale area and therefore not cheap, but big portions mean you don’t have to max out your plastic to get well fed. Many dishes contain massive quantities of chilli, fresh and dried. You can eat them all or just swallow a mouthful of napalm - it comes to the same thing. Order spiced fungus (a kind of wild mushroom), numbing and hot beef, and stir-fried pig knuckle.
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Provisions is a casual wine and cheese shop on Holloway Road where you can stand around with friends date, drinking great wine and nibbling bread.
If you’re after a big night out involving The Strokes’ discography, head for The Lexington in Islington.
The CoffeeWorks Project Islington
CoffeeWorks serves some of London’s best coffee, and the Islington branch has a great selection of food as well. Beware of crowds on the weekends.
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Broadway Market + Netil Market
Broadway and Netil Market is most likely the trendiest Saturday only food market in London, where the options are as diverse as the crowd there.
Green Papaya Xi’Viet
Green Papaya Xi’Viet is a Vietnamese and Xi’anese hybrid on Kingsland Road that suits any situation, and serves some really good noodle dishes.
Xi’an Impression is a small restaurant in Highbury making some of the best Chinese food in London. Don’t miss the hand-pulled noodles.
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