FOOD: Street N4
Written by: Natalie Davies
A bougie bottle of olive oil in a fancy flip-top bottle. A pre-packed sandwich teetering on the border of chilled and frozen that leaves a remorseful feeling. A sub-standard twenty pack in a shady corner shop. One and a half pints in Islington…just a selection of things you can purchase for £7.
Arrêt! Hold fire and put that glacial sandwich down! New casual dining joint ‘Street N4’ has the perfect remedy. A lunchtime deal falling into the ‘hot dinner’ criteria that even the most highly-strung mum would approve of. The offering? A burger (beef or veggie) or a burrito (chicken or veggie) plus salted fries and a generous mason jar topped up with syrupy coke and finished with a baby pink straw. Wilted greens about to join the pension queue just won’t do.
We went for a beef burger and a chicken burrito, which came served on a tray akin to Meat Mission but without the scraggly kitchen roll. Yes, Street N4 give you the dining privilege of a paper napkin. The burger was perfectly pink in the middle and screamed ‘real meat’ rather than a dehydrated post Vegas stag weekend patty. The burrito was a real hefty number loaded up with a sort of shredded pulled chicken filling, rice, beans, peppers and onion. The only thing missing was a vat of soured cream or guacamole for dipping but at price you really can’t grumble. The fries were crispy and the Coke was sweet. Surrounded by exposed lamp bulbs, rustic style tables and an artists wall (open for submissions) there is a touch of American street-food with the familiar London splashes.
If you’re feeling flush and not on a mission for a bargain meal there’s a whole other realm of streety culinaria on offer at Street N4 – ranging from a hot-dog-meets-burger contraption (padded out with a hefty Cumberland sausage) and a deep fried chicken breast burger that you can slather in en vogue buffalo sauce for 50p extra.
To wash it all down they offer a selection of ‘softies’, delectable sounding cocktails (we didn’t feel hard enough to drink at 1pm) and a local beer roster ranging from brewers in Tottenham right down to Bermondsey and in-between.
Takeaway is also available for those days when social interaction and sitting near strangers who won’t stop talking about cat memes is just too much.
North Four says: hangover comfort eating, a weekday treat lunch you don’t hate yourself for or a weekend booze and carbs session with that special someone.
8 Clifton Terrace
London, N4 3JP
Close to Finsbury Park tube station.
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Photos: Claire Holly Davies
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