Review on Sardine

Steve Parle's protégé Alex Jackson, a former Head Chef of Rotorino and Dock Kitchen opened his first solo restaurant called Sardine in June 2016. Tucked away in a quiet location on Micawber Street, just off Wharf Road in Islington, it can be found adjacent to the Parasol unit Foundation for Contemporary Art.

A ceiling to floor glass frontage displays a neon light bearing the restaurant's name, while inside there's a few bar stools set against the colourful tiled, pewter-topped bar. An 18-seater communal table dominates the room, but there's also small wooden tables set with bistro style dark wood chairs, overlooked by the open kitchen.

Alex offers diners a concise menu showcasing dishes that offer the richness and intensity that is typical of Southern French cuisine. The restaurant is open all day from breakfast, though to lunch and dinner and embodies a casual laid-back vibe. Given the restaurant's name you will obviously find sardines amongst the starters, but meat fanciers might prefer the roast quail with warm olive sauce. When it comes to main courses lamb à la ficelle with white beans and green sauce cooked on a special vertical grill is a popular choice, or elsewhere there's wild sea trout with flat beans and aioli. Desserts hit the button with a chocolate pot, brandy prune and cream or crepes, cherries and apricot kernel ice cream.

The wine list focuses on southern France and Italy, alongside a selection of craft beers and tasty cocktails that are reasonably priced.

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Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 10.00am - 3.00pm Sat & Sun
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm

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Facilities at Sardine

  • 40 covers


15 Micawber Street
North London
N1 7TB

Nearest tube station: Old Street

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