Roots at N1 is a new(ish) Indian restaurant located on the lovely quiet streets of Barnsbury in Islington. The team behind the restaurant have a wealth of experience – the chef has worked in Benares, as has the Director who also spent time at The Ritz which probably explains why the food is such high quality.
Outside it looks more like a gastro pub than an Indian restaurant, inside the decor is simple, bright and relaxed. The menu offers a small selection of dishes which can be served either in a starter size or main portion. To start the Tandoor roasted vegetables drizzled in aged balsamic were soft without being overly moist and the combination of spices and sweetness worked well – we cleared the plate. The Pea`n’ Potato cake with toga chutney is a simple take on a popular Indian street food dish, the chutney provided a well needed kick.
The Tandoori tiger prawns with prawn pickle was our favourite dish, three gigantic juicy prawns cooked to perfection, served with a pickle of smaller prawns. The Seared sea-bass, curried squash and coconut sauce also got the thumbs up as did the selection of Indian breads, especially the mango and coconut one.
Wines are matched to the dishes and the restaurant offers a good selection of hand picked wines. We left Roots at N1 stuffed, satisfied and without one single complaint. If you like Moti Mahal or Red Fort you’ll love it, the food is of the same standards only the prices are slightly cheaper. Win, Win baby!!
115 Hemingford Road, Islington, N1