Shoe Shop – Tufnell Park, London

Can you book? Yes
Food: 9/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Price paid per person: £30

Shoe Shop is a new(ish) restaurant just a minute away from Tufnell Park tube station. There are very few tables, little ornamentation and no music (if I remember correctly). So if the food had been disappointing, it wouldn’t have had any saving graces. Luckily this wasn’t the case and the food was very good!

I went with two friends, and we shared a salmon pâté and a mushroom and shallot crumble. The salmon came in a glass with a layer of something that we concluded must have been butter on top, and a basket of chunky toast. The crumble had the warming effects of comfort food whilst managing not to compromise on originality.

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The menu is quite meat and fish heavy but there still a few vegetarian dishes, such as pumpkin risotto. For main I had fillet of dover sole with straw potatoes (very very thin chips). I was pleasantly surprised to find that the sole with stuffed with fresh spinach, one of my favourite vegetables, and the accompanying sauce was excellent. I had good reports about the steak tartare, and sampled the hake and chips which was very good; fish and chip shop style chunky chips.

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Since it was my (belated) birthday, we shared a delice joconde for dessert. This was a chocolate and praline mousse with hazelnut sponge. The mousse was so delicate, it was a dessert fit for a ballerina.

Very unpretentious and great food, I highly recommend Shoe Shop.

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