I’ve decided to compile my list of the ten best restaurants in Finsbury Park. These N4 eateries range from reasonable to higher end prices and cover various cuisines from Italian to Indian, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese and pub grub. If you’re searching for places to eat in Finsbury Park or the best restaurants in North London then you might find my ten best restaurants in Finsbury Park an interesting read. Please note that this list isn’t in any particular order and I’m focusing on restaurants rather than cafes and those which are suitable for an evening meal. These also have great selections for non-meat eaters so are prefect if you want vegetarian menus. I’ve lived in the area for some twenty years now and have eaten at these establishments many times so can’t wait to tell you about my favourite restaurants in Finsbury Park.
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Ten Best Restaurants in Finsbury Park
Dotori | Korean and Japanese Cuisine: This small restaurant is very unassuming but is so good that it’s always packed so you’ll need to book in advance. You’ll find the owner up front rolling up fresh sushi and you can see the busy kitchen in action. The menu starters include prawn and vegetable tempura which is always beautifully made. The kimchi or spring onion with seafood pancakes are also excellent. For mains its Korean BBQ dishes of seafood, chicken, pork belly or beef. They have a selection of Bibimbap which are mixed rice dishes topped with vegetables, mixed seafood, pear and beef soy BBQ and more variations, some with eggs. These come sizzling to the table so watch out because they are very hot, just stir in your sauce and enjoy. Otherwise you can opt for the stew pots, noodle dishes, noodle soup or gyoza. Or you might prefer a Bento box, teriyaki fish, maki rolls, sashimi carpaccio, nigiri sushi, temaki or sashimi. They have quite an extensive menu and it’s reasonably priced, although not cheap but it is worth it for the excellent quality.
Dotori 3A Stroud Green Road N4 2DQ
The Old Dairy | Modern British Pub Grub: The Old Dairy is a large pub serving great gastro grub with a focus on fresh ingredients to create traditional British dishes along with a few international offerings. Set in a former Victorian dairy, hence the name, this venue is vast but has a welcoming vintage interior. For brunch it’s scrambled eggs on toast, Benedict or Florentine. For lunch and dinner the starters might be soup, potted crab, pulled pork pancakes, haddock fish cakes or warm butternut squash pancakes. Mains will be along the lines of posh fish and chips, pork and leek sausages with mash, longhorn rib steak, roasted lamb rump, veggie burger or sweet potato tagine On Sunday they offer roast dinners which feature a choice of rare breed Dexter beef, Hampshire pork belly, corn fed chicken or a vegetarian option of roast butternut squash and walnut turnover. Yes, you get all the trimmings with your roast including a fluffy Yorkshire pudding! Desserts are firm favourites like sticky toffee pudding or an artisan cheese board. This is the perfect place to enjoy a grown up Sunday lunch or a get together with a group of friends.
The Old Dairy: 1-3 Crouch Hill N4 4AP (at the end of Stroud Green Road)
La Fabrica | Spanish Tapas: This is a spacious and buzzy restaurant which uses authentic meats, cheeses and wines imported from Spain. The menu is a contemporary take on traditional tapas dishes with a focus on the Andalusian region. You’ll find all your favourites from Jamon Serrano or Iberico and selection of Spanish charcuterie or cheeses. Meat tapas includes ham croquets, grilled chorizo, meatballs in almond sauce, black pudding stuffed peppers. Poultry includes chicken with garlic and chicken livers with red onion and Sherry Vinegar. Fish and seafood options are prawns with garlic, fried squid, scallops with ham and squid ink rice. Vegetarians might like the Spanish omelette, patatas bravas, pan fried green Padron peppers, garlic mushrooms, fried aubergines with sugar cane honey or Seville style chick pea stew. Desserts include chocolate churros (my favourite), almond tart, almond paste mousse and more. It’s a lively place to enjoy sharing tapas dishes with a group of friends where you can also sample some excellent Spanish wines.
La Fabrica: 45 Stroud Green Road N4 3EF
Osteria Tufo | Italian Cuisine: This restaurant is owned by an Italian couple who make their own white and black ink pasta on the premises. This will be served with tasty sauces ranging from Neapolitan sausage with porcini mushrooms in a light tomato sauce or Cornish crab with sweet Sicilian cherry tomatoes and saffron. Fish dishes are often featured like grilled sea bass or lobster. There will usually be a couple of meaty dishes like butter and sage pan fried calves liver or sliced prime Scottish fillet of beef with balsamic dressing and rocket. Desserts include a homemade tiramisu. The restaurant is the most upmarket Italian restaurant in the vicinity and ideal for a romantic date night or a small group of foodie friends.
Osteria Tufo: 67 Fonthill Road N4 3HZ
Pasta Remoli | Italian Pasta Speciality Restaurant: This restaurant opened up recently at Clifton Terrace which is right near the Finsbury Park Theatre. You can choose from a list of fresh pasta and combine with your favourite sauce which are created from good quality Italian ingredients. It’s such a simple idea from the chef Simone Remoli who is fanatical about pasta, but it really works. The pasta is made fresh on the premises and includes spinach and ricotta ravioli, ham and Parmesan tortellini, tagliatelle, spaghetti, potato gnocchi and much more. Sauces include oxtail, beef Bolognese, Italian sausage ragu, cherry tomatoes with ricotta, cheese sauce, creamy mushrooms, basil pesto, etc. They also have some amazing desserts which you can pick out at the counter. It’s a very friendly place which is always busy and the food is served quickly so it’s great to pop in and enjoy a meal when you get off the train, tube or bus. It’s reasonably priced for the quality and the food is consistently good. There are a few tables on the street and the interiors are modern and quite funky.
Pasta Remoli: 7 Clifton Terrace N4 3JP
La Saporita | Italian Pizza. There are quite a few pizza restaurants in Finsbury Park but I’ve decided to tell you about this one because I think it is a little undiscovered. You’ll find it located just off Stroud Green Road and although it isn’t massive inside, they are big on hospitality. The pizzas are really good, they come in 12” or 16”, have a thin crust and are cooked in a clay oven. You can go for a simple margherita or a vegetarian special with mozzarella, tomato, mushrooms, red onions, pepper, spinach, broccoli and olives. Meat eaters will love the salami, bresoola, Parma ham and pepperoni with tomato and mozzarella. There are plenty more options or you can make your own from a long list of ingredients. They also have risotto, pasta, meat and fish dishes. It’s a non-fussy restaurant with a low key friendly vibe, good service and great pizza. A great place to catch up with a friend over a glass of Italian wine and a 12”.
La Saporita: 174 Tollington Park N4 3AJ (just off Stroud Green Road)
Yard Sale Pizza | Pizzas: On Blackstock Road you’ll find a little pizza restaurant which does a great trade in take-outs. You can also sit down and enjoy your pizza which you eat using your hands so don’t expect any knifes or forks here (you do get them for the salad though). Order yourself a delicious butternut squash or tender stem broccoli topped pizza and a fresh side salad. Check out the blackboard for special pizza editions which are always amazing. Finish with a freshly baked brownie and you’ll be totally satisfied.
Yard Sale Pizza: 54 Blackstock Road N42DW
Salvation in Noodles | Vietnamese Noodles: After success of their Balls Pond Road restaurant, SIN has opened up on Blackstock Road and we were so happy when they did! Here they serve hot and cold Vietnamese style noodle dishes in urban industrial style surroundings. You can start with summer rolls or fried spring rolls, chargrilled lemongrass marinated lamb chops, crispy chicken wings or pork and water chestnut dumplings. Hot noodle soups are prepared fresh each day with an aromatic broth which can include ingredients of thin rare steak, king prawns, shredded chicken crab, pork belly or tofu with mushrooms. The soup base varies from oxtail, chicken and vegetable. Rice noodle salads are served with pickled carrots, Vietnamese herbs, Nuoc Cham dressing sauce and garnished with roasted peanuts and fried shallots. The variations include pork with wood-ear mushrooms, grilled pork patties, beef wrapped in betal leaf, chargrilled and garlic prawns or crispy tofu. Try the Vietnamese ice coffee while you’re there. A great place for a casual and informal meal with your partner or a few friends.
Salvation in Noodles: 2 Blackstock Road N4 2DL
Jai Krishna | Indian Cuisine: This is a no frills restaurant with minimal attention to décor but the vegetarian food is reasonably priced and very good. It’s all quite old school because they give you a piece of paper and you write down your own order, which you get back at the end with the prices written next to each dish and a total. Jai Krishna is an institution and has been in existence ever since I can remember. From chana masala to mixed vegetable korma, aloo gobi, spinach paneer, okra curry, aubergine curry and so many more vegetarian curries, it might take you a while to decide. They also have their ‘exotic dishes’ like chilli paneer and mushroom dopiaza. The lemon rice with cashews and mushroom rice were exceptional. You can bring your own bottle of wine or order a salt, sweet, pistachio or mango lassi. Desserts are kulfi plus a few ice creams. It’s a real mix of clientele from students to middle class curry lovers. A cost effective restaurant to visit with a few friends.
Jai Krishna: 161 Stroud Green Road N4 3PZ
My Cottage Café | Lebanese Cuisine: This small restaurant has rustic interiors and is run by a husband and wife team. The chef is very passionate about his cooking and the extensive menu is brimming with Middle Eastern meze delights along with chargrilled meats and fish plus kebabs. The food is healthy and halal and is really fresh and full of flavour. You can try the meze selection of cold and hot starters featuring falafel, humous, cheese Sambousek, Moutabel, tabbouleh and warak enab. Mains feature minced lamb kebabs, boneless baby chicken, sea bass and steak. They also serve plenty of speciality savoury pastries and Lebanese flat breads. With couscous, various rice dishes and plenty of salads you will be spoilt for choice. This cute restaurant is ideal to visit for a bite to eat if you are going to the Finsbury Park Theatre or pop in on your way home from work for a meze and glass of wine.
My Cottage Café: 10A Clifton Terrace N4 3JP
Where You’ll Find The Best Restaurants in Finsbury Park
If you’re not familiar with Finsbury Park, there are a couple of food hot spots in the area which include Stroud Green Road, Clifton Terrace and Blackstock Road. Stroud Green Road runs from Finsbury Park Station up to Crouch Hill which pretty much ends when you reach the Old Dairy Pub. This is quite a long strip which houses many restaurants and cafes with every cuisine you can imagine.
The Old Dairy Pub
The other restaurants in Finsbury Park can be found at Clifton Terrace which is an interesting location because it is behind the underground and train station near the back bus depot. Thanks to the Finsbury Park Theatre and recent new buildings being developed in the vicinity it is starting to bubble with a string of eateries. We are hoping that now Salvation in Noodles has opened up on Blackstock Road that this will kick start a chain reaction on this street. If you continue down Blackstock Road towards Highbury you have some more restaurants and one of my favourites, called Little Sadegna, is situated at 170. This is officially in N5 so is not included in this feature but it is fabulous if you love Sardinian food.
Travel to the Best Restaurants in Finsbury Park
These restaurants in Finsbury Park are easy to reach because of the great travel connections. The underground is serviced by the Victoria and Piccadilly Lines. One tube stop away at Highbury and Islington you have the Overground Line and the end of Stroud Green Road is right by Crouch Hill which is an Overground station. We also have a train line serviced by Great Northern. There are two parts of the bus station, one at Wells Terrace and the other at Station place. Buses travel to and from Angel, Battersea, Waterloo, Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Hackney Wick and many more popular places. All the restaurants are walking distance from the main travel hubs. What are you waiting for? Come and dine in N4!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me at all these restaurants in Finsbury Park.