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!"