There are no shortage of restaurants on Upper street. With it being quite close to my digs, I do venture that way sometimes. I normally keep it simple and do Nandos (I know, not really a restaurant).
Having met a friend at the Cock Tavern on Highbury Corner, a favourite spot of mine for watching sport with friendly Irish folk, we were craving some food so began our walk down Upper Street. We passed The Blue Legume and our attention was caught by the intimate and cosy setting inside. The manager saw us and came out to say hi and give us a flyer offering a glass of wine complimentary with our meal. We were sold. Not necessarily because of the freeness, but because he wasn’t pushy and he seemed genuinely welcoming.
Inside, we were sat amongst a lot of couples, so I am guessing this is a good spot for dates. The menu is med, meaning that it has Spanish, French, Italian, Greek etc. Sometimes a mash-up of so much can be a little confusing, but all the major food groups are covered, the dishes are not too complicated, its just a good solid fill me up kind of menu.
We started with asparagus wrapped in parma ham, grilled garlic prawns and chorizo with potatoes in spicy tomato sauce. For our main courses we had lamb chops with chips, chicken breast stuffed with goats cheese & tomato (note that it is in breadcrumbs) and a side order of steamed spinach. The pricing is right with starters averaging £6 and main courses averaging £11.
The Blue Legume is a great option for lunch and dinner. There are also based in Crouch End and Stoke Newington. Enjoy.
The Blue Legume
177 Upper Street
London N1 1RG
Tel: 020 7226 5858