Way back when, I happened on an Upper Street breakfast joint called Ziloufs. We had an amazing brunch with some healthy juices. The service was good and the environment was chilled to compliment our hangover status. Fast forward a year or so and I am here again, except now it is a different place. Sister to a restaurant called 100 Hoxton on the Hoxton High Street which is a place that has been sizzling under with good reviews on its food. The Hoxton spot is stationed in a residential area full of kebab shops, however it holds its own and entices the more discerning diner who want their food on a plate with cutlery. Big shoes to replicate on the busy Upper Street.
Now they have secured their second spot which is similar. It’s all about the good food, chilled vibe and unpretentious experience. It is called 100 Islington and has somehow raised the bar from its predecessor Ziloufs. Why? Because whilst the food grabbed my attention in its former life, this time the staff also shone brightly. Firstly, it was chick central. Not sure if thats always the case, but an all female team ran the show on this Saturday lunch time. They expertly worked the room, the bar, the drinks, the food. It was a delight to watch front of house people who looked like they were genuinely enjoying being there.
Lucky for me, it was not too busy, so I did not feel too embarrassed about being a lone diner. I sat down for poached eggs with steak and sourdough bread. There was a side of al dente broccoli which actually worked. Washed down with a strong and tasty Bloody Mary, it was heaven. My brunch experience was spot on.
The top half of Upper Street is always quieter than the bottom half. This, for me, is a good thing. It means you get to enjoy your experience with ease away from the anxious shoppers. Plus, head a little bit more North and you get to enjoy a sexy community of restaurants that are forming a foodie alliance on the roundabout like Le Coq and Trullo. The top part of Upper Street is the place to be and 100 Islington fits in well.
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