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Under £10 - Isarn

Bento boxes around £6 in Islington, a tip for Gordon and Tony

Written by . Published on March 30th 2012.

Under £10 - Isarn

There is something about Islington that seems to mitigate against decent food – there is no shortage of places to eat but all are paying horrendously high rents and that translates into poor value.

It just does not seem to be a restaurant part of town.A few blocks down in Clerkenwell is a different story but on top of the hill, well it is just themes and plastic menus and foods one suspects that has lived in freezers.

IsarngreencurryIsarn green curryThe Thai Isarn can be more expensive in the evening but the lunch menu offers bento style boxes for around £6 which are hard to beat, in fact unbeatable in the neighbourhood.

This was, for you students of restaurant history, formerly Granita scene of the infamous meet between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair where they divi-ed up the leadership of New Labour. Perhaps they could have just agreed to let the Thais take over the country.

In restaurant terms Isarn does a better job than Granita. It does a better job than most Thais, not as extreme as Naan, more high street perhaps but the stamp of a restaurant family from Tina Juengsoongnuen whose brother is Alan Yau of Hakkasan.

The water melon cocktails push the bill up a little but are worth the extra. 

IsarnwatermelonIsarn watermelon

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