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100 Islington: where East meets West

SEEN loves to keep you updated with the best London restaurants, and frankly, we can’t wait to visit 100 Islington, a new 140 cover Asian Fusion restaurant and bar that will open properly on Monday 27th of June at 270 Upper Street, Islington. The bar and restaurant is the second venue from those super-talented guys behind the successful Shoreditch smash hit, 100 Hoxton.

SEEN loves to keep you updated with the best London restaurants, and frankly, we can’t wait to visit 100 Islington, a new 140 cover Asian Fusion restaurant and bar that will open properly on Monday 27th of June at 270 Upper Street, Islington. The bar and restaurant is the second venue from those super-talented guys behind the successful Shoreditch smash hit, 100 Hoxton.

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100 Islington cuisine fuses Asian and Middle-Eastern flavours to create a menu of small sharing plates. So, expect dishes to include Singapore soft shell chilli crab with peanut & lime and chargrilled pork belly with aubergine, burnt goat’s cheese, pine nuts, tahini and harissa.

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To celebrate the opening of 100 Islington, they are on soft launch with 50% off food only from Tuesday 21st to Sunday 28th June for both lunch and dinner, with reservations being taken now.

100 Islington’s older brother, 100 Hoxton, began life as a passion project: a pan-Asian food-led operation which has evolved over the last two and a half years to become a restaurant, bar and community stalwart with an emphasis on unique flavours, fresh food, healthy eating and creativity. 100 Islington builds on this with a more spacious interior, larger bar and, intriguingly, a hidden events space at the back of the restaurant. Interior designer Yaojen Chuang repeats the aesthetic of the Bauhaus-inspired former council block in which 100 Hoxton resides. Of course, the bar of 100 Islington is the centre-piece attraction, with a hanging steel structure held up by nigh-invisible wires, and lifted by a surrounding cloud light formation.

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Once again, the food concept is simple – small sharing plates with influences from Asian and Middle-Eastern flavours, spices and ingredients – East meets West at its absolute best.
Francis Puyat and his kitchen team have created innovative dishes with elegantly matched ingredients that enliven rather than overwhelm the palate. They include Courgette and Halloumi fritter with preserved lemon yoghurt, Chilli fried rice with chilli prawn sambal, fried egg & Chinese sausage and for dessert, Chilli chocolate ganache, spiced nut crumb & chocolate mousse. You can create your own five-course tasting menu by choosing one plate from each section of the menu. SEEN certainly will be.

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100 Islingon will also offer great drinks and a Happy Hour daily until 8 pm (music to SEEN’s ears). While fresh pressed juices and gourmet coffees are essential for lunch, cocktails and wine lead the way at dinner. The eponymous 100 Hoxton cocktail of lychee, lemongrass, chilli, ginger, topped with Prosecco, continues the kitchen’s theme of spice and topicality, while their sommelier carefully selects the wine list to specifically complement the food being served.

100 Islington
270 Upper St
Islington
N1 2UQ
020 7226 1118
www.100restaurants.co.uk

Opening times:
Lunch: Tuesday – Friday 12 – 3pm
Dinner: Tuesday – Thursday 5pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm – 11pm
Brunch: Saturday Sunday 10am – 3pm
Sunday Dinner: 3pm – 8pm

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