Primrose Hill is packed with little cafe-slash-restaurant thingies, but not all of them can boast dining rooms perennially packed with food lovers drooling over the menu. Ever since Fay Maschler’s rave review, the phones have been ringing off the hook and its almost impossible to bag a last-minute table on a weekend now. Fair warning – book in advance – the popularity’s entirely justified. Fluffy scrambled eggs and gloriously thick smoked salmon, moreish eggs benedict and creamy porridge are served at brunch. Hungry yet? The lunch and dinner menu is a more sophisticated twist on modern cuisine. Think Daylesford Organic meets Ottolenghi; chic, foody clientele combined with fresh, healthy food and an eclectic influence of flavours. Management’s a bit overwhelmed by the popularity of the place, but we reckon give it a few months and it’ll all be running smoothly.
Who knew performance art could be this tasty? The Roundhouse’s swish restaurant and bar is worth a visit just for its own sake, especially given the drab chain restaurants, 24 hours pizza joints and dodgy ‘chinese’ food stands that pass for Camden’s usual food scene. Run by graduates of the Ottolenghi empire, the food has a similar seasonal freshness with a dash of exotic flair. Soak up the New York artshouse vibe before or after a show in the long bar-cum-dining room, or pop in for a spot of brunch on the weekends just ‘cos. That’s what the in-the-know locals do. Chomp on the ‘Made in Camden fry up’ or shakshuka and balsalmic mushrooms on toast if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous. The coffee (roasted by Caravan in Exmouth market) packs a punch too, so don’t worry about nursing your hangover through those Sunday matinees.