Cheap, relaxed restaurants in North London are a bit of a black hole in my good places to eat knowledge. Since being invited to eat at The Hideaway Neighbourhood Bar & Kitchen last week however, I now have at least one place I will be able to recommend or visit on excursions north of the river.
The menu focusses on pizza and calzone, with classic toppings and fillings, proving that it is better to do one thing really well than offer up a jack-of-all trades mix of options. Indeed, both the Puttanesca (with rich, salty olives, capers and anchovies, and sweet, juicy cherry tomatoes) and Parma (slivers of parma ham with peppery fresh rocket) that we ordered, both boasted fresh, flavoursome toppings, crisp bases and gooey mozzerella, making them fine examples of proper, home-made pizza. The pungent pot of aioli that accompanied, for the purpose of dipping the crunchy, doughey crusts, was certainly worth bonus points too.
A selection of simple salads, bursting with generous portions of fresh ingredients, provided the perfect accompaniment.
True to its name, The Hideaway has the perfect neighbourhood ‘home-from-home’ feeling. A huge fairy-lit garden, informal decor, welcoming staff, and alluring cocktail list mean that when you’ve finished your pizza, whiling away the rest of the evening, as I did, with a margarita, seems only right – especially, as if often the case, there is live music on.
Prices are reasonable, food is good, drinks are strong and the atmosphere is warm and friendly – what more could you want? Well, other than a branch in South East London…
020 7561 0779
114 Junction Road