Oldroyd is a cute little restaurant, just minutes from Islington Green and Camden Passage with its quirky little shops and antique market stalls. Serving internationally inspired dishes with a daily changing menu, it is Tom Oldroyd’s, former chef-director of the Polpo restaurant group, first solo restaurant. The restaurant stretches over two floors with an open kitchen counter and only a few tables on the ground floor and a lovely dining room on the first floor with warming wooden elements and vibrant blue walls.
We were seated at a nice corner table right by the window on the second-floor where we browsed through the menu options of the day. Our waiter patiently answered all of our questions regarding the different dishes. We eventually decided to go for their full three-course menu. Meeting up with Suze, we started lunch in style with a refreshing glass of Kir Royal perfectly blended with the right amount of Crème de Cassis.
For starters, I opted for smoked cod’s roe, radishes and celery salt – a lovely combination of different flavours and textures. The cod’s roe puree was well-balanced and a nice soft contrast to the crunchy radishes which also added a nice touch of colour.
Suze opted for the grilled calcots, salsa romesco & toasted almonds. A very interesting combination as well which worked beautifully with the toasted almonds.
For mains, I continued with the seafood theme with squid ink & bottarga tagliatelle, chilli & garlic. Bottarga is cured, pressed fish roe which added a hint of luxury and an intensely savoury flavour to the dish.
Suze had spinach & ricotta malfatti, baby artichokes & crispy sage – which were absolutely delicious!
For dessert, we both opted for bergamot & lemon posset, served with a pistachio biscotti on top.
Oldroyd, 344 Upper Street, London, N1 OPD. Tel: 020 8617 9010