Review on Restaurant 12:51
After an acrimonious departure from his former self-named restaurant in Central London, BBC2 Great British Menu 2018 winner and Ex-The Ledbury chef James Cochran has opened a new venture 12:51 in Islington. Named after 12:51, the 2003 song by the American indie rock band The Strokes, it's laid out over two floors of a Victorian building, once home to the Chinese Laundry restaurant.
Showcasing a menu that focuses on trusted small independent Kentish producers, James offers diners a menu of small and large plates, ideal for sharing. From the sea there's dishes along the lines of Whitstable oyster, beer, molasses and pickles or line caught mackerel, Hackney Nduja, cucumber and pork scratchings, while from the land you can enjoy offerings in the shape of fuielle de brick, chicken liver parfait and beetroot or roast haunch of venison, celeriac and yeast puree, pancetta and walnut crumb, pickled mushroom and smoked bone marrow. To finish on a sweet note, there's banana bread, bananas, peanut and spiced milk ice cream or slow roast pear, milk crisp, honeycomb, whiskey, and goat cheese ice cream.
A global wine list showcases organic wines and there's tasty cocktails like Tin Cup bourbon, pomegranate, sweet cicely vermouth and orange bitters.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card