So what do we need to know about Lyon's Seafood & Wine Bar?
This new North London opening may look like a normal neighbourhood spot, but the team behind it bring a wealth of experience in high end restaurants to the game. Running the show is Anthony Lyon whose background includes Hix and The Wolseley while Head Chef Talia Prince comes here via Le Gavroche and The Fat Duck.
Whereabouts is it?
You'll find it Crouch End, just off the Broadway on the spot where Here cafe used to be. Getting here requires a tube to Finsbury Park and then the shuttle W7 bus - it's less than 10 minutes from the station.
Where should we meet friends for a drink first?
You've got a good choice of places. Our personal favourite is probably Nickel, which has a surprisingly starry clientele - on recent visits we've seen both Ewan McGregor and Christopher Ecclestone propping up the bar there (separately). Otherwise a very good alternative is Little Mercies cocktail bar by the team behind top London bar Three Sheets.
When we arrived early on a Friday evening it was segueing from being a family-friendly spot into somewhere more for dates and groups. There's a few counter dining seats by the front, otherwise the dining space is split into the cosier section upstairs with an open kitchen and the main dining area on the ground floor with its own bar.
What's on the menu?
Sustainable local seafood is the name of the game here, so everything is from the British Isles and Ireland. Chef Talia has said she's keen to run a fin to tail menu, so you'll find some more unusual cuts on the menu too.
Here's what we had:
What's on the menu for vegetarians?
The menu is predominantly one for pescatarians, with the odd meat dish, but there are still a few hero veggie dishes including a barley risotto with hazelnuts and celeriac (£9) and this marvellous thing....
What about dessert?
There were just two desserts on offer when we went - a thyme ice-cream sandwich with clementine and this...
And the wine?
Any list that's been put together by an award-winning sommelier must be worth a go and the list here is by Kelvin McCabe who was Group Head Sommelier UK for Yauatcha, and Head Sommelier of ZUMA and ROKA. Almost 100% of the list is organic and plenty is biodynamic too. Owner Anthony recommended a bottle of Vins de Pedra (£38) - a small winery in Spain run by Marta Pedra that went well with pretty much everything we'd ordered.
We're already plotting a return trip to Lyon's when Hot Dinners Snr is down in London for Christmas. It's one of those rare-ish London restaurants that suits folk from right across the age range from toddlers to grandparents and we're totally up for that. All in all, a seriously good addition to Crouch End's food scene.
More about Lyon’s Seafood & Wine Bar
Where is it? 1 Park Road, Crouch End, N8 8TE
How to book: book online.
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