Metro Storage has been open at its brand new store in Islington since the beginning of 2016 and in that time has been keen to learn more about the area. One of the things the Metro Team likes to do best is to go and have a good meal and we thought we could share our ‘Top 5 Restaurants in Islington’ with you all.

We started off taking some advice and found one of the best sources of information was the well-respected ‘Zagat’ website.  In their own words, “For those looking for standout experiences, Zagat cuts through the clutter of available dining choices and guides you towards the best places, wherever you are. We arrive at this premium selection by collecting and analyzing ratings and reviews from avid diners just like you, as well as through the guidance of our on-the-ground experts.”

Number 5: Akari

Great Japanese food – especially good for small plates to share. Good value and set in a Victorian pub.  Always busy with good service.

196, Essex Road – 020 7226 9943

Number 4: Afghan Kitchen

A great introduction to the delights of Afghan cuisine at this seriously cheap but delicious café.  Tables are to be shared and the food enjoyed.  It is always busy, does not take credit cards and you may have to queue, but it is worth it!

35, Islington Green – 020 7359 8019

Number 3: Trullo

This seriously good Italian is a staple for skilfully created quality food in a buzzy atmosphere.  With paper topped tables and pared back décor it does not allow the look of the place get in the way of the quality of the food it offers at a great price for what you are getting.

300-302, Saint Paul’s Road – 020 7226 2733

Number 2: Ottolenghi

With a Mediterranean twist and a focus on North African and Middle Eastern fare, this place offers healthy but delicious (often vegetarian) dishes with inspirational salads (and desserts!).  This place is great for a quick and reasonably priced meal – whether that be breakfast, lunch or dinner.

287, Upper Street – 020 7288 1454

Number 1: Mem & Laz Brasserie

Our second Mediterranean-style restaurant comes at the top of the list for us. Always a great atmosphere, the food is both delicious and great value. We love the décor (especially the glass chandeliers) and bar area!

8, Theberton Street – 020 7704 9089

This is just our list of favourites – we are sure you will have your own to add.  Let us know any we have missed as we love to check out new places!