Following on from a successful soft launch (always good to hear) 100 Islington is now fully open. If the name sounds familiar, then it’s because it’s from the same team as 100 Hoxton.
Taking its lead from its sibling restaurant, 100 Islington will continue to serve up pan-Asian, fresh, healthy dishes with unique flavours albeit in a more spacious interior that features a larger bar (again, always good to hear) and with a hidden events space. Yaojen Chuang is overseeing the design which draws inspiration from the Bauhaus -inspired, former council block that 100 Hoxton is housed in, with the main attraction being this bigger bar, which sees a hanging steel structure held with invisible wires and surrounded by cloud light formation.
Here you’ll be able to order pressed juices, coffee and the 100 Hoxton cocktail made with lychee, lemongrass, chilli, ginger and topped with Prosecco. The food will stay simple, split into five sections, the menu which is created by Mediterranean trained Pinoy Head Chef Francis Puyat (NOPI) features sharing plates which combine Asian and Middle Eastern flavours. Expect to find the likes of courgette and haloumi fritter with lemon yoghurt; chargrilled lamb belly, aubergine, burnt goats cheese, pine nuts, green tahini and harissa; chilli fried rice with chilli prawn sambal, fried egg and Chinese sausage and to finish chilli chocolate ganache, spiced nut crumb chocolate mousse.
You can create your own tasting menu for £30 by choosing a dish from all five sections and at lunch time you can pick up a box to go for just £5. Keep an eye out for when they launch brunch soon, you’re not going to want to miss it.
100 Islington: Open Now, 270 Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UQ, www.100restaurants.co.uk