On a sunny day in Angel the bistros are teaming with beautifully dressed women with expensive pushchairs. Lovely little salads at Fig & Olive, lovely little cakes at Ottolenghi, lovely long lunches at The Almeida – it’s an intimidating place to hang out when you’re used to eating on a shoestring.
I was with a friend who told me great things about Le Mercury though, so we went to check it out. The French restaurant is over two floors inside a stunning red brick building. There’s a bit of an old school vibe about the place, but not in a bad way – it’s really light, with huge windows downstairs to let the sun stream in.
The starters were all £3.95 – pretty good seeing as there were seven different choices ranging from crayfish and lobster ravioli to beef carpaccio.
The main courses were just £7.95 with lots of choices from roast saddle of lamb to seared fillet of Scottish salmon and vegetarian cossoulet.
I’m not going to over-egg Le Mercury. It wasn’t jaw-droppingly good, but it is excellent value. The food was well cooked, and there wasn’t any scrimping on the ingredients – at just £12 for two courses, and bellinis at £3.95, it’s a really great place to go without breaking the bank.
140a Upper Street
London N1 1QY
020 7354 4088