Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Somewhere to eat: Season

With 1x sister back from holiday, last week we went out for my family birthday dinner.

Despite having lived in the area for a number of years (some more than others), none of us had tried Season Kitchen & Dining Room on Stroud Green Road, so I picked it as my birthday dinner venue for its great value Early Bird deal: £15 for any main and a glass of wine/beer/soft drink.

Season's menu changes monthly due to the use of only seasonal, preferably locally sourced ingredients (they keep chickens and grow some of their own veggies in a garden behind the restaurant!).

Image borrowed from here.

First impressions: the interior is cosy, rustic and quirky without trying too hard, and although our reserved table wasn't quite ready when we arrived, we were quickly mollified with some glasses of bubbly on the house.

More bonuses: Free olives and bread for the table as appetisers. I'm not a huge fan of olives but the homemade bread (a kind of wholewheat soda bread) was outstanding, and I loved that they gave us the recipe to take home.

The mains: I don't eat a lot of steak, but I'll often order it for a special occasion. I opted for Season's rib eye with Bearnaise sauce and watercress, with a side of crinkle cut chips. The steak was juicy and well seasoned (barely even needed the sauce to go with it!) and the chunky chips were so fat, crispy and yet soft on the inside that my sister declared she'd come back just to sit on the waiting bench outside with a bowl of them.

Lewis about to get carnivorous 

My sisters ordered the fish dishes, wild sea trout and mackerel respectively, and both were beautifully and creatively put together and presented.

Lisa, elegant with her mackerel

The desserts: Three out of four of us opted for this baby:

Rosemary chocolate pot with sea salt and a black pepper biscotti. It sounds odd, but it was delicious and really different. Highly recommended! Lisa went for the nougat glacé, which was also really good.

The verdict? A little more expensive than our usual Stroud Green Road hangout (Pizzeria Pappagone) but in a different league food-wise - beautifully presented, delicious dishes with a bit of carbon footprint consciousness (I approve!). This will definitely be my 'go to' local for special occasions.

Season Kitchen & Dining Room, 53 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3EF, http://www.seasonkitchen.co.uk/

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