Love a neighbourhood resto and Lyon’s is a great example of one. The restaurant’s focus is fish and seafood; the grub is tasty and the space is good looking. It feels quite minimalist but the tiles add complexity and character to the space. Pretty much every dish I had was a winner. If I lived in Crouch End, there’s no doubt, I’d be a regular. Read more here
Oldroyd is on Upper Street (Angel Station end) and is a pretty teeny space. In the summer, they stick a wooden bench outside. The indoor space is split level, downstairs they keep open for walk ins I believe and upstairs is bookable. It’s a very pared back, simple and rather elegant space. It wouldn’t suffer from a lick of paint and feels a bit DIY in some parts but in the most charming way. I went here for lunch and had a plate of tagliatelle doused in olive oil and chilli with crab meat and mussels. Tick.
Primeur is housed in a converted garage; when the weather is good they usually open up the whole front which is delightful. It’s not a huge space and they’ve addressed this by making the tables communal. Decor is modern with a low key luxury feel to it – love the mustard dining chairs and yellow accents throughout the restaurant as well as the fresh flowers. Slightly iffy service. Reservations recommended. Read more here
Perilla is the perfect example of elegant yet casual both in terms of the cooking and space. There’s lots of wood and foliage with a splash of marble, it’s got that organic “oh, we haven’t laboured over anything too much, we’re just stylish like” In human terms, a Zoe Kravitz type. Read more here