Seagrass is a semi-permanent restaurant set in Manzes pie and mash shop on Chapel Market, Islington. It's a brilliant idea - the pie and mash shop doesn't open in the evening so on Wednesday-Saturday evenings it opens its doors as Seagrass, serving a small, seasonal gourmet menu.
Don't expect any luxuries here - it's marble floors and battered wooden tables with wooden benches either side. The restaurant is in a pie and mash shop, after all! There's a certain charm to it though. You have to walk through the (massive) kitchen to get to the gents' toilet - don't know how health and safety would feel about it but I thought it was hilarious! Each table is a sort of booth and you can only sit about 6 people round it, so probably best to avoid groups bigger than that.
The menu is extremely small - the day I went there were three starters, two mains and two desserts - and the choices are fairly gourmet so it's definitely not for fussy eaters. Choices were pigeon breast with serrano ham and crispy potatoes (delicious) or some sort of smoked salmon dish to start, followed by duck or dressed crab for mains. Dessert choices were cheeseboard and sticky toffee pudding. All the food was excellent. Service was also very friendly.
The menu is set - it's £30 for 3 courses. For the quality of the food (and the ingredients, given that they serve fairly expensive options), that's perfectly reasonable, particularly as it's BYOB. There is a Waitrose just round the corner so you can pick up a decent bottle there if you don't have one at home.
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