We discovered Mirey’s bistro tucked away down a quiet Islington side street, currently popping up in the Charles Lamb pub. As an added bonus we managed to score an outside table in the sun it was the perfect place for a long relaxed Sunday lunch.
We started off with burrata paired with figs, honey and thyme. Bursting with freshness the sweetness of the figs were the perfect foil for the creaminess of the burrata. The chefs behind Mirey’s are French (Gerald) and Japanese (Ko) so naturally enough the food is French with a Japanese influence. You notice this popping up in things like the flavourings in the steak tartare, that came with accents of wasabi, yuzu and sesame seeds, which was delicious.
Then, it was Sunday, so we had a roast, it’s the law you have to! I was seriously torn between the duck, lamb and pork as I love all those meats equally but Gerald persuaded me to go for the Kentish lamb and I did not regret my choice. The lamb was full of flavour, if a bit fatty, and it came with homemade mint sauce that bore no resemblence to the overly sweet jarred monstrosities that the supermarket sells. J opted for the 6 hour slow roasted Dingley Dell pork and I confess I did swipe a bit of his crackling so I feel I got the best of all worlds!
The roast comes with all the trimmings including a giant Yorkshire pud, my only slight niggle was that the roast potatoes weren’t quite as crispy as I would have liked them. But we still cleared our plates in between chatting with Chip, the friendly American behind the bar.
We finished off with a chocolate brownie with matcha ice cream (there’s that Japanese influence again!) and J got a cheeseboard. I would have liked my brownie to be a bit sweeter to balance out the bitterness of the matcha. J said the cheeses were well kept and there were some interesting ones on there.
Finally, the sun disappeared behind a tree and we dragged ourselves away from our 4 hour lunch reluctantly. Gerald told us that they would like to have their own place in the Islington area in the style of a Japanese izakaya (an informal Japanese gastropub). We really enjoyed our lunch and are keeping our fingers crossed that they find somewhere suitable.
In the meantime, they’re at the Charles Lamb till the 15th September, 2017. Go check them out!
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