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Thyme & Lemon
139 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1QP
020 7704 6855
Serving authentic Basque, Catalan and Iberian tapas with a few twists, Thyme & Lemon is a welcome addition to Upper Street. The large space is cleverly divided up into intimate sections with the use of different decor styles and flooring. Stylish high stools are arranged around a huge marble bar (where you can eat as well as drink) and there are high tables to sit at too – great for a quick bite at lunch or a fun visit with the kids.The advice is to order two or three dishes per head, but you’d be hard pressed to stick to this. Spicy yet sweet padron peppers, tender beef rib-eye with chimichurri to make it dance, meat balls in fresh tomato sauce, a soft-as-a-pillow salt cod pil pil, aubergine cannelloni, heritage tomato salad brought to life with a roasted almond and sherry dressing, and a modern take on patatas bravas are just a few of the menu items. Churros with chocolate sauce is a Restaurant Club favourite! The Almeida theatre is round the corner and there’s a great value two-course pre-theatre menu at £12. The brunch menu features ‘Torrijas’ – eggy bread Spanish style!
Weekend brunch is a real treat here!
‘Amazing cocktails and fabulous tapas. Attentive service and lovely surroundings with a wide choice of authentic dishes. The octopus carpaccio is delicious!’ Joanna
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