Seven Sisters, one of north London’s most fantastically grubby-looking roads, is home to Nag’s Head Market, one of London’s most fantastically grubby-looking markets. Inside that is Zen Washoku a lovely little Japanese restaurant where you can pick up a bowl of egg donburi, or a vegetable curry, for under seven quid.
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Bergen House is a neighbourhood bar on Newington Green serving a selection of modern sharing plates and a pretty good steak.
Jolene is a bakery, café, and restaurant on Newington Green serving very nice, very grainy, very wholesome breakfast, lunch and (on some days) dinner.
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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Uchi is an stylish Japanese restaurant in Clapton serving sushi, yakitori, tempura, and drinks.
In addition to nice Japanese comfort food and good beers, Brixton’s Nanban is a solid place for a hang with mates.
Compared to other ramen restaurants, Ippudo in Covent Garden has the advantage of a cool-looking dining room, a bigger menu, and more room for groups.
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