Islington Shines in Culinary Stakes

A Clerkenwell restaurant has been awarded one of the highest accolades in the culinary world, and that is a prestigious star in next year’s Michelin guide.

North Road, in St John Street, specialises in Nordic cuisine and has received the great honour. They will now feature in the 2012 list of Michelin star restaurants.

The guide reads: “The owner/chef’s Danish roots are evident in the clean crisp cooking, which uses the sous-vid technique, little or no butter or cream and is fully respectful of seasons.”

The Head Chef at the restaurant, Christoffer Hruskova, has been quoted saying: “It was very emotional for me. It’s something I have wanted for a long time in my career. When we opened, our goal was to get a star within two years, so to get it in 10 months is very good news. We are over the moon.”

He then went on to add the following: “It has been a great boost for the restaurant already. We have almost doubled the amount of customers and the midweek days, which used to be quiet, are now very busy.” We doubt this particular restaurant will therefore have any problem paying its restaurant insurance amongst all the other costly overheads, which is great news!

There are now two Michelin starred restaurants situated in Islington, and both are, coincidently, on the same road. The aptly named St John, in St John Street of course, was previously awarded the immense accolade.

Only the City of Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea are boroughs with more Michelin starred restaurants.

Islington is also well represented in the Bib Gourmand category. This symbolises great food at a moderate price. Restaurants in the Bib Gourmand category include, Comptoir Gascon, in Charterhouse Street, Farringdon, 500, in Holloway Road, Archway, Medcalf and Morito, both in Exmouth Market, Farringdon, and The Drapers Arms in Barnsbury Street, Barnsbury.

Furthermore, Islington also had nine pubs listed in the pub eating out guide. It seems that it is pretty difficult to go hungry in Islington these days with so many great places to eat out! Why not try one of them out this weekend?

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