Seven Sisters, one of north London’s most fantastically grubby-looking roads, is home to Nag’s Head Market, one of London’s most fantastically grubby-looking markets. Inside that is Zen Washoku a lovely little Japanese restaurant where you can pick up a bowl of egg donburi, or a vegetable curry, for under seven quid.
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Franks Canteen is a neighbourhood cafe in Highbury that does some pretty sensational things with eggs.
Bergen House is a neighbourhood bar on Newington Green serving a selection of modern sharing plates and a pretty good steak.
Trattoria N16 is an all-day café situation and neighbourhood hangout on Newington Green serving very decent wood fire pizzas.
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Kurumaya is a tiny restaurant near Smithfield, with small prices, big bowls of katsu curry, and some decent sushi.
If you’re looking for a Tokyo-style dining experience in central London, visit Koya Bar for excellent udon noodles and small plates.
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