In a nutshell: Seasonal brasserie food and drink on Kentish Town Road
Summing it all up: 300 Kentish Town Road has just been taken over again, this time by seasonally focused brasserie Neighbour, who’ll be catering for locals and visitors to The Forum with lunch, brunch, dinners and drinks above ground, plus cocktails in basement bar Jukes.
The restaurant at 300 Kentish Town Road has been through several cycles over the years, from the Kentish Canteen with its hearty salads and burgers to the recently closed to BBQ joint Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar - but nothing so far has seemed to stick. Now Neighbour is having a go, with a seasonal menu of brasserie-style food and a new interior (have a look at their Instagram https://www.instagram.com/neighbournw5/ if you’re curious.)
The food will be seasonal so, for now, the menu contains summery plates like sea trout with pea salsa, and zingy fritto misto with salsa verde. There’ll be brunch served all week, too, and a dinner menu with a few more slightly meatier, heavier duty dishes like herb-crusted saddle of lamb or chicken kiev.
Some of the other dishes that caught our eye include:
- Secreto Ibérico de Bellota, romesco, charred green onion
- Mushroom & celeriac in filo, squash, spinach, porcini sauce
- Clams, mussels, aioli, green salad
- Fried chicken, paprika aioli, green salad
We also like the look of their snacks menu, which include those lovely, massive Gordal olives, smoked almonds and oysters, which you could order to accompany a few small sharing plates instead of going all in with a main.
Locationwise, Neighbour will be perfectly placed to reel in the gig crowd heading to the nearby Forum for a pre-show bite to eat and drink. There’ll be a bar in the restaurant which can provide more discerning revellers with glasses of an organic bio wines, craft beers and the like (before they’re forced to blow a tenner on warm beer in the venue).
However, if you’re serious about getting in a real drink here, it’ll be Jukes downstairs you’ll be wanting, who’re taking over the cozy little basement bar. Expect serious cocktails, private booths in arches and more moody red speakeasy lighting than you can shake a stick at.
More about Neighbour
Where is it? 300 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2TG
When does it open? 19 July 2017 -
Opening offer: They're doing soft launch evenings on 19 and 20 July before opening fully. To get a table email contact@neighbournw5