Homegirl London’s Food Review: James Cochran N1. This restaurant recently opened in the Angel Central shopping area behind Upper Street. James take inspiration from his Scottish and Caribbean heritage to dish up flatbread creations and small plates along with cocktails. Think Haggis Scotch Eggs and Jerk Chicken and you’ll get an idea of what’s on offer. If you’re looking for restaurants in Angel, new places to eat in North London or bars near Upper Street then you should give James Cochran N1 a try.
“Tuck into a freshly baked flatbread with interesting toppings while you sip a cocktail and listen to the DJ play in the heart of Angel Islington,” Homegirl London
James Cochran N1 Restaurant Menu
James previously worked The Ledbury in Notting Hill (two Michelin stars) and has been involved in a series of foodie pop ups. On the back of his restaurant located near Liverpool station, he recently opened up this sister eatery in N1. The menu is limited but I always prefer fewer options which are well executed. We popped in for an early lunch when we were grocery shopping in the vicinity.
We were eating non-meat dishes so picked out the Tenderstem Broccoli snack which was quite sizable. It was delicious thanks to the seasoned yoghurt, curry leaves and abundance of crispy shallots scattered on top. We also went for the Crispy Cauliflower with pomegranate seeds, yoghurt, peanut crumb and curry leaves (the chef seems to have a thing for curry leaves!). Other veggie options were the Heritage Beetroots or Cheese and Cauliflower Croquettes. I hear the chef is famous for his Jamaican Jerk Buttermilk Chicken, Glazed Pork Ribs and Haggis Scotch Eggs so if you’re a meat eater you must try those.
The main event was flatbreads. I ordered the Wild Mushroom version which was topped with plenty of fungi, blue cheese, pine nuts, onion marmalade and parsley. This was absolutely delicious, it was very filling and the flat bread was top notch and perhaps the best I’ve ever tasted. Homeboy loved his Cornish Monkfish version with satay sauce, aubergine, cucumber, yoghurt, peanuts and coriander. The other flatbreads were Braised Lamb Shoulder or Treacle Glazed Shin of Beef. They also have a couple of ‘Plates’ like the Slow Braised Short Rib of Beef with pickled cabbage, chillies, smoked sour cream, watercress pesto, peanuts and bone marrow. The other Plate was Monkfish Fillet with tenderstem broccoli, seasoned yoghurt, aubergine caviar, crispy shallots and curry leaves (there’s the curry leaves again!).
Wild Mushroom Flatbread
Unfortunately, we were just too full to try the ice cream scoops served on almond crumb. It was a real shame because I really did want to try the Salted Caramel and Black Coconut. Alternatively, they have Mango or Lemon Sorbet. To give you an idea of prices, the snacks are £2.50-8, flatbreads are £10-12, plates £18 and the desserts £2-2.50. Drinks include white and red wine, prosecco, beers and cocktails.
James Cochran N1 Restaurant Interiors
The restaurant occupies what was formerly Ed’s Diner. The take-away entrance is downstairs and if you head up a couple of flights of stairs you will find the main dining space. There are a few cosy booths facing the open kitchen and you will also see a terrace which is opposite the Vue Cinema. Towards the back of the restaurant is a window overlooking Upper Street. The décor is contemporary and minimal with moss wall hangings giving the place a bit of greenery. You will also see a few visual logos featuring the chef’s face dotted around. There’s room for 60 inside and another 20 on the terrace. It’s a great place to hang out before seeing a movie at Vue.
James Cochran N1 Restaurant Information
To find out more about the restaurant go to the James Cochran Website. The restaurant address is 35 Parkfield Street, Unit R7, Angel Central, London N1 0PS. The nearest tube station is Angel. Currently open for lunch 11.30am until 3pm and dinner from 5pm until 11pm with last seating at 10pm but check online. In the evenings, there is likely to be a DJ spinning a few tunes.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me.