In the growing and gentrifying neighborhood of Finsbury Park, loads of new restaurants keep on opening. Nevertheless, a mysterious little one, here since ages, is surprisingly different, not exactly the hipster organic type. On the first day I moved in its area, it was the first restaurant I tried, and it is still now my favourite: CATS Café des Artistes.
Apart from its interesting name, it is a classic thaï restaurant, with a large variety of plates. My favourite is the Pineapple Rice: jasmine rice steamed in pineapple with king prawns, egg, ham, peas and spring onions served in a fresh pineapple. And all this for only £5. They also have starters, curries, tofu, fish and seafood dishes, noodle dishes and desserts.
Their cheapest meal is £1.70 jasmine steamed rice and their most expensive is the Sizzling Beef Platter (Slices of topside of beef marinated in a red wine and chilli sauce, cooked in sesame oil with pineapple, baby corns, peppers and served sizzling hot). Don't worry, every dish is very filling. I would even say I tried a 1 Michelin star fried rice from the Shangri-La Hotel and it tasted exactly as the one CATS Café des Artistes have. A simple delicious dish for a very good price.
They also do takeaway if you want to have a nice dinner at home or if you want to add some of their dishes when you inviting friends. Hopefully one day, they'll be added to Deliveroo or UberEATS, as not everyone lives near Finsbury Park.
The most different aspect of this restaurant is its decoration. The walls are covered with pictures and paintings of celebrities and royals, as well as Thai decoration. The chairs are big wooden armchairs, covered with fake animal furs. The glass tables protect banknotes from all countries of the world. Many distractions then, even if the food is the main interest.