Mem & Laz has been a long standing resident of Islington. Its continued success even secured it an expansion into the building next door. Now there is more space to enjoy the excellent food fare without the hustle and bustle of Upper Street’s main road.
Situated next to Sacre Coeur, reviewed by the lovely Valentina last year, this brasserie gives you a second reason to visit the quiet Theberton Street, off Upper Street.
We were lucky enough to visit on the first day of what seemed like Summer with blue skies, dizzying temperature heights of……14 degrees :/ and not a hint of rain on the horizon. We sat outside and it felt like we were in some hot southern european city. The menu is big. The scrunched up small writing allows for over 70 dishes I’m sure. That said, this did not impact the speed of service or standard of food.
I can be a little bit stuck in my ways when it comes to med led menus – you will find me ordering stuffed mushrooms or garlic prawns – just look at past reviews. Guess what I did, I’m sorry – I went for the predictable. But my dining companion shook things up a bit with mussels and chicken breast with an interesting sauce.
Just to re-cap, I had king prawns sauteed in tomato, garlic and chilli served with rice to start. He had mussels in cream, garlic, shallots and white wine sauce. He is a chef, so I expect critical eyes when it comes to food – but he proudly stated that the food was great. The starter mussels came with fries, which put the fear of god into us, as we wanted to make sure there was space for the mains. This gave us the perfect excuse to take our time dining and enjoy the sunshine.
For main course, I had grilled calamari with rocket. Whilst the calamari was a little bit too tough for my taste, I still worked through it. He had grilled chicken breast with honey and mustard dressing, with a side order of Turkish spicy sauce. The chicken was tender, the sauce was interesting (I normally make it with pork chops), and the spicy sauce, well, make sure you have a glass of water handy as its not for the faint-hearted.
All in all, Mem & Laz continues to keep the locals and visitors happy. It is one for all seasons, with the intimate seating inside for the winter and the terrace seating outside for the Summer. And at £48.02 for two courses, beer and two glasses of wine (inc service), you cannot go wrong.
The problem we have now is which do we choose when we come to Theberton Street in the future, Sacre Coeur or Mel & Laz. Decisions, decisions.
Mem & Laz
8 Theberton Street
Tel. 020 7704 9089