My pick of Camden’s best restaurants and bars for 2017.
One of my favourite things about Camden is its food scene. It’s certainly never dull! From egg porn brunches to exotic cocktails, street food and mesmerising ice cream, I’ve eaten my way around Camden all in the name of research. So whether you’re looking for an awesome Sunday roast, Camden’s best curry house or just need to grab a quick coffee to start your day, enjoy my guide to Camden’s hottest food and drink spots.
Camden’s Best Brunch: Leyas, Camden High Street
I’ll admit this was a tough category to judge! Camden has some great brunch spots, with special mentions going to The Blues Kitchen (for when you need a big feed) and Made Bar and Kitchen at the Roundhouse. But for the best coffee in Camden, Instagram-worthy egg porn and delicious smashed avo on toast, head to Leyas.
— Chloe Gunning (@WanderlustChloe) October 20, 2015
Camden’s Best Sunday Roast: The Colonel Fawcett, Randolph Street
If there’s one thing Camden isn’t short of, it’s pubs! While plenty offer tasty food and a great atmosphere, The Colonel Fawcett has been my favourite for a long time. This pub serves upmarket, seasonal food and has a mix of dining and lounge areas. Their beef and lamb roasts are always excellent and come with all the trimmings including perfect yorkies! Plus, if gin’s your tipple, this pub has its own dedicated gin menu.
Camden’s Best Ice Cream: Chin Chin Labs, Camden Lock Place
London’s quirkiest ice cream parlour, Chin Chin Labs mixes science and food to create delicious desserts using liquid nitrogen. Along with standard ice cream flavours, they have a weekly list of specials featuring everything from beer butter caramel and coal-smoked satsuma to fig jam doughnut. Along with ice cream, they also serve ice cream sandwiches and indulgent hot chocolate topped with meringue.
Camden’s Best Coffee: Leyas, Camden High Street
Like many, my day can’t start without a caffeine fix. Without a doubt, my favourite comes from Leyas, with Camden Coffee House a close second. Not only is their coffee great, but I also love the workspace area downstairs – perfect for the digital nomad generation.
Camden’s Best Cocktails: Fifty Five, Jamestown Road
Fifty Five’s team of mixologists REALLY know what they’re doing. Their enormous menu features all the classics, along with plenty of intriguing combos including lemon cheesecake martinis, pineapple and sage margaritas and a whole list of ice cream cocktails! They also run a great happy hour from 6-8pm every single day.
Camden’s Best Burger: Haché Burgers, Inverness Street
While Honest was a strong contender (especially for their rosemary salted chips – mmm!) Haché’s varied menu just about wins this category for me. From a reblochon and red onion chutney burger, to rosemary lamb burger and the Mexican Cajun-spiced burger served with guacamole and salsa – you’re guaranteed to find something that takes your fancy! The most exciting burger on the menu? Le Fume which is presented in a smoke filled dome at your table.
Camden’s Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Mildreds, Jamestown Road
The menu at Mildreds is so interesting at that you’ll forget you’re not eating meat. From pan-fried halloumi with charcoal roasted peppers and smoked chilli jam, to Sri Lankan sweet potato and green bean curry and their signature smoked tofu, lentil and piquillo pepper burger, you don’t need to be a vegetarian to enjoy it.
Camden’s Best Curry: Namaaste Kitchen, Parkway
With a string of awards, this curry house offers all your standard Indian dishes along with some adventurous options. For a change from your vindaloo or tikka masala, try their Goan sea bass, tandoori duck with roasted tiger prawn or Keralan lobster.
Camden’s Best Cheap Eat: Camden Market
I couldn’t write about Camden’s food scene without mentioning its incredible food market. Open 7 days a week, you really can eat your way around the globe, with everything from pad thai and sushi to mac and cheese, steak and roti wraps! If you’re not sure what you fancy, you can usually grab a few tasters to help you decide.
Camden’s Best Fine Dining Restaurant: Gilgamesh, Stables Market
With uber-chic décor, and an Asian menu to die for, Gilgamesh is one of Camden’s smartest restaurants. With dishes from South East Asia, China and Japan, the menu features fresh sushi, dim sum, fragrant Thai curries, Japanese robata skewers and tasty tempura dishes. The bar is also lovely with an extensive cocktail menu.
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