Five years ago, wedding caterer Paul Warburton opened Franks Canteen in Highbury as a weekend only brunch spot, just a few doors down from popular Thai spot Farang.
Now, having built up an incredibly loyal local trade, and dabbling with some supperclubs, he's about to open Franks Canteen permanently in the evenings.
"Our plan is to run in a similar way to our daytime operation," he told Hot Dinners, "which is food influenced from all over the world, using seasonal ingredients from our list of great suppliers. We try not to over complicate dishes and just concentrate on classic techniques to create enjoyable food, local bistro style really!
The evening menu sounds very enticing with dishes like:
- Charred hispi cabbage, fermented chilli jam, cashew butter, herbs
- Fried monkfish cheek, pea & mint puree, pecorino
- Roast Swaledale chicken, schmaltz gravy, pomme puree
- Roast courgettes, tahini white beans, candied red chicory, almonds
And it will change constantly "much like the daytime menu which changes weekly," says Paul, who's also teamed up with the superb wine suppliers Highbury Vintners for the evening drinks list. All in all it sounds like a top spot for locals, and anyone coming to the area for a match at the nearby Emirates too.
More about Franks Canteen
Where is it? 86 Highbury Park, Highbury East, London N5 2XE
When? Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening from 21 November
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