When I’m browsing around Upper Street I often visit the Food Lab on Essex Road for a bite to eat. When I was there this week I enjoyed a croissant and latte which cost me £4.15. Everything here is beautifully presented, like my pan au chocolat which arrived on a wooden food board topped with grease proof paper.
Food Lab is owned by Liliana Tamberi who grew up in the Tuscan province of Grosseto. Her passion for food stems from childhood memories of country kitchen cooking around the wood stove. She moved to London to learn international cooking and worked at various esteemed eateries like Jamie Oliver’s 15 in Shoreditch. Her style very much incorporates both childhood experiences and world cuisines to create something pretty special.
As you’d expect, the food has a home cooked Italian vibe and if you pop in for a spot of breakfast you can find some yummy things on the menu; full English – Italian style, egg dishes – benedict, florentine and royal and also pancakes, granola and fresh fruit. For lunch there’s a selection of starters including; focaccia with ham and house pickles and Tuscan cured meats. Mains include; pasta dishes, specials and salads. There are also plenty of delicious cakes and pastries to tempt you. Wash your meal down with a nice Italian wine or crafted Italian beer. I must say the coffee is also really good here.
Corissant and Latte, £4.15
Food Lab Menu Selection
I like this place because it’s very relaxing space. The décor is rustic with wooden floors, tables, chairs and vintage crates used for display. Patrons are locals and a few business people during the week. The Wi-Fi here is free. So next time you’re in the vicinity do pop in for some lovely home cooked Tuscan flavoured food. Credits: text and images by Homegirl London, additional images from Food Lab.
Food Lab Interiors
Name: Food Lab
Near: Upper Street, Essex Road, Highbury and Islington
Address: 56 Essex Road, London N1 8LR
Open: Monday to Saturday 7am-11pm and Sunday 10am-8pm
Wi-Fi: Yes + free
Décor: Rustic Tuscan
Seating: Outside / upstairs / downstairs