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Published November 25th 2012
Unleashing Islington's best kept secret
Almost precisely halfway between Shoreditch and Angel, a surprisingly delightful restaurant is humbly tucked away at the end of a block of convenience stores and takeaway sandwich shops. Located on City Road a block away from Moorfields Eye Hospital, The Royal Star is a hidden gem that shouldn't be overlooked.
The Royal Star is a trendy bar and restaurant with a unique menu full of tasty options. The food menu is diverse with many choices for starters, mains, small plates, sandwiches and desserts, creating a perfect setting for guests with any range of appetites. They serve an impressively vast selection of craft beers, wines, and beers and ciders on tap, with shelves of bottled wine decorating an entire wall.
The small plates, most of which are priced between £3 and £8.50, are a fun way to have a varied meal if you don't want to settle on one traditional main course. You could go traditional with chips (regular, cassava, or sweet potato), or get creative with something like the butternut squash dumplings with pumpkin pesto, beef empanadas, or if you're feeling particularly adventurous, the grilled octopus with pineapple jam. Most options on the menu are made with meat and fish, but the few veggie items are certainly enough to satisfy a vegetarian (or at least this vegetarian).
The wait staff are friendly and attentive, and look very hip taking orders on an iPad rather than a boring old pen and paper. The atmosphere is cool, comfortable and modern with hanging light bulbs dimly illuminating the space.
The Royal Star's location, although centrally located less than five minutes from Old Street tube, isn't exactly an area you'd typically stumble upon by chance. But it's worth the trip if you're somewhere nearby-- once you're inside you'll feel like you've just been let into one of the area's best kept secrets.