The food game in London is sprawling and constantly growing with new restaurants, each with different concepts emerging in all parts of London. My friend and I had the opportunity to visit one such restaurant called The Engine Rooms at Hexagon Classics located in North London in East Finchley.
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Scene at The Engine Rooms
The amazing collection of antique vehicles, the sleek industrial atmosphere, and the tantalising Mediterranean cuisine had us giddy with anticipation.
Paul Michaels used to run a good BMW dealership in London. It’s now an exquisite vintage vehicle shop showcasing the finest in the industry. From Porsches to Ferraris, this industrial-chic contemporary interior restaurant will astonish you.
The restaurant has a large open courtyard and heated patio, making it ideal for both summer and winter dining.
Head Chef James Harrison has put together an interesting menu inspired by the cultures around the Mediterranean Sea. Describing their menu Engine Rooms says:
“Our menu blends both longstanding favourites you’d expect from the region with our own unique creations. Chef Harrison has created a cupboard of spices that translate diverse flavours into genuine north London taste experiences.”
The fact that many of the ingredients are acquired locally ensures the cuisine is fresh and the wine is supplied from small, eco-friendly wineries that compliment the items on the menu makes The Engine Rooms unique.
All Day Dining
The cuisine contains 80 per cent UK ingredients, and the crew is dedicated to offering only the finest. In addition to the major dishes of fish veggies and meat on the all-day menu. Guests can dine either in the courtyard of Rainbow chard pizza or a Kent Mixed Baby Beets salad.
We began our lunch with Tuscan Bread combined with olive oil, which was delicious due to the bread’s suppleness. The Heritage Beetroot Carpaccio was served with a pickled apple, curved endive, beet ketchup, and walnuts for a crunch.
The Burrata is worth a try, and I found the Bucatini pasta was extremely creamy making you transported into a food coma. The truffle chips paired with Pumpkin Risotto was another favourite. The Caldecott free-range chicken breast was another pleasure from the menu that was extremely hearty and very filling.
Wine at The Engine Rooms
The exceptional wine list at The Engine Rooms includes a thoughtful selection of suppliers with wines sourced from small, sustainable vineyards. Try wines from emerging young labels and be surprised by their meal pairings.
Bottles ‘N’ Jars, a premium bottle store with hundreds of wines, freshly baked bread and gourmet deli products, is also on-site.
The overall ambience of the restaurant is particularly lovely sprawling with locals. We had a lovely old couple celebrating their anniversary ordering their “usual wine” meaning it has become a local favourite joint.
The Engine Rooms offers a great place for a cheerful dinner or even if you want to host an event for your friends and family. They offer a wide range of event rooms perfect for hosting events or even private dining.
The Engine Rooms is a great spot whether you want to do a date night or even a small dinner with your kids.
✔️ Overall Rating – 8/10
📍 North London
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