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New restaurants add to Islington's appeal

April 25, 2012

Food lovers are in for a real treat as two new restaurants launch in Islington. A popular pop-up seafood and game restaurant returns on a permanent basis in Chapel Market. Seagrass, based at M Manzes Pie and Mash Shop picks up where Bonnie and Wild left off when it closed in the last few months.

Bonnie and Wild had taken over the 100-year-old pie shop on weekend nights and had proved very popular with discerning diners.

But, being a pop up restaurant, it shut up shop on February 4. Seagrass stepped in to fill the void, and has the same chef cooking high quality game and fish dishes.

The popularity of pop-up restaurants however is not slowing down with a disused car garage of hangar-like proportions being the latest venue. Popular chef and food writer Philip Dundas and Robert Barker, who runs food-delivery service Farm Direct, have turned a former Citroën garage in Upper Street into The Barn - a pop-up restaurant and farm shop.

Guests are treated to anywhere between three and seven courses, depending on what Pip can whip up from what he has in the kitchen, and most meals are accompanied by live music.

"Restaurants and entertainment are a huge part of what makes Islington so desirable to homeowners and tenants," says Alina Banionyte, assistant manager at the Islington branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. "It is great that these two new restaurants have opened, it keeps Islington interesting and is the place to see and be seen in!"

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