The Bengal Lancer has been Kentish Town's best Indian restaurant for over two decades. Most orders leave the front door in plastic bags, but the picture-lined space is a good spot for quiet dinners. Focus on the unique dishes, including chicken liver hazri (great sweet and sour sauce) and sabzi begun, an aubergine and chickpea pie. The BL is a long-lived survivor in an area that’s seen a lot of restaurants bite the dust, and there's good reason for that.
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The Southampton Arms
The Southampton Arms, between Kentish Town and Parliament Hill, is a proper old school boozer, with a fireplace and ales.
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Gunpowder Tower Bridge
Gunpowder Tower Bridge serves the same excellent and inventive Indian sharing plates as their original Spitalfields spot.
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The formula at Patron Cave a Manger in Kentish Town is simple. Take impeccable cheese and cured meats, and add great wine. It’s good for casual meets.
Phoenicia Mediterranean Food Hall
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