Pera Restaurant on Upper Street used to be Tod’s Grill, then it was the Brasserie on Upper Street. It now appears to have found its place in this hood. It is also a tastecard member, so there are deals to be had here with 2 for 1. Please note, you need to call before you dine. We arrived on a Monday night to an empty restaurant, but were told that phoning is required. They were nice enough to let us stay, that and the fact there were over 5 other tastecard restaurants nearby waiting to take out business if it was a real issue.
Pera Restaurant hasn’t dramatically changed the menu. The Mediterranean grill options available from its predecessors, are still present such as stuffed mushrooms, calamari, garlic king prawns etc. In fact, the menu is not dissimilar to Mem & Laz down the road. Regardless, they all do their thing quite well. It won’t get them a michelin star, but it lines the stomach for local gigs, cocktail drinking or dancing locally.
Prior to a gig at the Garage on Holloway Road, we opted for Pera Restaurant as it was at the closer end of Upper Street. I went for the king prawns in a tomato sauce with rice and a side salad. Jacki had a mixed iskender (kebab), chicken and lamb, with yoghurt and tomato sauce.
It’s a cute space and the staff are friendly enough. A good option for quick and tasty food. For tastecard holders, it’s 2 4 1 from Sunday to Thursday for up to two diners. Again, call to book!
PERA Grill Bistro
170 Upper Street
London N1 1RG
T. 020 7704 6888