Having popped up in a prime Islington Green spot, that once was Browns, I couldn’t help but approach Bellanger wearing my cynical hat (it’s grey and kind of cloud like). I thought it would be overpriced, an obvious choice, BUT, I have to say, I have been won over hook, line and sinker!!
With its grand interior and 5* service, it makes a real occasion of a brunchtime (when I visited), and it’s also open for lunch and dinner, with breakfast soon to follow! Such a classic establishment, suitable for whoever you may be rendezvousing with, be it friends, dates, people “with kids now”; I can see it being a particular hit with the distinguished kind as there’s no queuing, has a well-spaced dining room, lovely toilets, serves wine in wine glasses, exceptionally polite service, and a classic menu.
“And what with the food?” you may well ask! Wood paneling, smartly uninformed wait staff that say “my pleasure” when you thank them, and lovely little lamps, can only get you so far (quite far), but our tasty fare surpassed expectations, choosing a filling chicken salad, a grilled chicken paillard, and a couple of coffees, while complimentary bread and little chocolates with our coffees were small appreciated extras! Also, the lemon was so well styled, it had its own jacket!!
It makes perfect sense Bellanger is brought to us by the team behind Brasserie Zédel and The Wolseley, there’s a particular large-scale brasserie-style formula, in which they are winning. Already very busy, Bellanger is set to become the emerald in Islington Green’s crown – move over Waterstones! 😉