I've come to Zilouf's for drinks and now dinner -
As you can imagine, this is a bar on Upper Street so it gets super packed here on a Saturday evenings. Bartenders are really nice and talkative - service is great. Nice eclectic interior designs and border line hipster place - it's not in Dalston/Hackney so it can't really be a hipster spot!
Came here on a Wed night for dinner. Made reservations for 3 and they were really accommodating. Restaurant was full but not completely packed. Service was excellent. Food portions are a good size (except the Pad Thai for some reason hence the 4 star review) and everything was really tasty. I was impressed with the flavours and spices used, totally legit.
For starters we got pork cheeks, salmon tartare, steak tartare, papaya salad. For mains we got the pad thai and pork. The pork portion size was especially impressive as it came with its own huge salad as well.
Top tip: They offer a £15 dinner for two menu which is 1 main per person and 3 sides to share. That's plenty of food and you'll be able to taste quite a few items...highly recommend.
I've heard the weekend brunches are amazing so look forward to trying this out in the future!
In a nutshell: Decent but unpretentious Asian/Brit fusion food that won't break the bank.
Stumbled on this place purely out of luck and was very happy with the food - really nice Asian/Brit fusion. I'm not rolling in money, but I had to be rolled out the door after the amount I ate.
A kind of chilled-out cool inside: Multiple old mirrors, high ceilings, eclectic mix or furniture and lamps. A welcoming, genuine, comfortable cool, rather than the 'what are you even doing here' kind of cool. The staff are a big part of this - friendly and efficient but not overbearing.
I had lip-smacking san choy bau (sweet and spicy fried beef and lamb mince), refreshing som tum salad, delicious confit duck, cracking pork belly. I ate so much that I became incapable of intelligible speech by the end of the meal.
This place is a pub where I love going for tea, drinks, lunches, casual dinners. It's ideal for doing some work, quick meeting a friend or even bigger group, getting stuffed in seasonal manner, coming just for something sweet etc. So yes, it is pretty versatile!
They offer great Sunday roast, a while ago I had the best cheesecake ever.
The staff has always been great! Really friendly, attentive, patient, energetic and enthusiastic. Interior is really clean, a little vintage, a little quirky, a little romantic and casual.
Zilouf's has a perfect atmosphere - its awesome for a little get together with friends!
They have a solid drink menu - my favorite was the lemon/ginger/elderflower martini --- soooooo light and refreshing!
-Chicken wings (surprise! these come with prawns and lychees
Everything was great - in the words of the Terminator, I'll be back.
I rocked up at 11am on a Saturday morning and the place wasn't very busy for brunch. And for an establishment on Upper Street, I automatically assumed this pointed only to bad things.
But my companions said their breakfasts were the best breakfasts they'd had EVER (I clarified this wasn't just an exaggeration but that they genuinely felt they were the best breakfasts they'd ever had the pleasure of eating, which is pretty high praise since they are grown men and have probably had more than a few breakfasts out in their time), and my breakfast was pretty enjoyable as well.
So, this is all to say, my usually astute snap judgments had failed me on this occasion. I accept this and wholeheartedly give Zilouf's my brunch seal of approval.
The service could have been a bit better, though.
Well well well. I really enjoyed the food here - you'd never guess from the name and the decor here that they serve Asian fusion food (with a British twist). The chick pea fritters are tasty (but small) and the duck confit curry was exceptional and spicy. Their wine list is varied and impressive, and they'll recommend something for your food too.
We were here for a birthday, and so had called ahead to arrange a cake for the birthday girl. The cake was ridiculously good, adorned with fruit and candles - a lovely touch.
If you're not here for the food, then you'll be want to sample their cocktails. They certainly aren't cheap (but they're 2-4-1 before 7pm) but they've really rather good. The gin, elderflower and champagne mix was dangerously moreish! Positive noises all round for the other cocktails tried by the rest.
There are so many restaurants to choose from on Upper St, but this deserves a try if you've not been before. I need to find an excuse to go back now.
Easy to grab a table. Waiting staff attentive and efficient (rushing around like blue-arsed flies on speed). Brunch experience with an interesting variation of dishes from the norm. Lively clientele and will definitely pop back again if in the area. Would like to try the evening menu in the future. Laid back atmosphere and in the bright winter sun you could easily mistake yourself for being in an New York brunch establishment rather than on Upper St, Islington."Yay! I'm a fan."
How many times have you seen "apple pork money bags" on a menu? Yeah, first time for me, too. But then Zilouf is full of surprises.
It takes a little to convince me to go up to N1 for dinner on a weeknight, but the friend who made the reservations assured us it was worth the trek. A big part of the allure was the special deals: two courses for 13.50 and 2-for-1 cocktails until 9pm (and no, it wasn't a TopTable deal). Typically I'm skeptical of this kind of special because it turns out to be only one or two choices, and not dishes I would normally pick. I was pleasantly surprised that Zilouf included pretty much everything on the menu except the lamb and the surf & turf.
The apple-pork money bags ended up being a wonton, but a tasty one surrounded by pan seared scallops. We also tried the tiger prawn and soba noodle salad (delish), the Indian corn fritters and the duck spring rolls. The mains weren't quite as good - the pork belly was tough and the lamb had a lot of fat, but the jungle duck curry was tasty.
The atmosphere was great - candelabras on all the tables, hardwood floors and bustling without feeling loud. There are a bunch of leather sofas and an antique organ around the bar that make it feel a little like a cross between a library and a boudoir. And room for groups.
While the food was maybe 3 stars, the value for money and the atmosphere more than make up for it. Plus you get to order something called "apple pork money bags" - come on!
Came here on a top table deal (16.50£ for 2 courses, selection from a la carte), so this may be a biased review based on a slightly more limited selection that you would otherwise get here.
I remember coming here for drinks with my friend Sean a while ago, and remembering that if you're not here during a happy hour or some special evening, the drinks can get pretty steep.
In any case, it was Hallow's Eve (or Halloween), and we popped in, everyone was dressed in Western/Cowboy/Cowgirl gear... as this warranted a free drink... we went for Saw Bone, a combination of apple juice, lemon juice, and gentleman jack's... so so combo, but I should have known better.
The pork ribs were excellent and succulent... and were a big success... the duck confit in a laksa noodle curry... less so; i like my confit to be crispy, and fall of the bone... effortless to eat... this wasn't the case.
The chilli con carne was very good, just needs a little more kick and it will be spot on.
All in all, a good place, the service staff are super friendly and nice, and the food is a-ok. Some things are hit or miss; but the ambience is hot, loud, and busy, which, if that's what you're looking for, will hit the spot.
Solid 4 stars--was close to a 5. I'd say 4.5.
I've been dying to go to this place--Rebecca O. beat me out for a first to review.
The front is a cool bar with tables, couches with little coffee tables, and a really nice bar. A great place to grab a drink. The decor is eclectic yet cool and well-coordinated--odd tables, leather couches, a sewing machine on the bar, cool lamps, a piano without the shell???, odd mirrors, candelabras, old radio equipment, and exposed HVAC equipment....
The resto is behind the front lounge area.
Service lacked a tad, but of course this is England. The barhand was very helpful in making sure my friend's old fashioned was well made.
The drink menu is excellent--lots of interesting cocktails, innovative combos, and inventive ginger-lemongrass-pear puree for some. The wine list was fabulous--it made me soooo happy to see Carmenere, Sancerre, Pouilly-Fuisee, Abarino, Valpolicella! Hooray!
I was satisfied with the food. Not only do they have t his 13.50 for two courses, but most of the mains were 9-10 quid. Very reasonable. The food was really really good--good pumpkin soup with lemongrass and chili, chicken with Asian flavors and cabbage-wrapped sausage, lamb with braised cabbage and good fries with Wasabi mayo.
All and all, a great night--great cocktails, great food, and not a bad bill. Soon to be back, although a booking next time might be essential, especially as word gets out.
Oh gosh, where to start? I've been to Zilouf's twice for cocktails and once for their Sunday brunch, and everything was fantastic. The atmosphere is very laid-back and warm, the service is great, and the drinks... oh my. I am hard to please when it comes to cocktails, and they just get it so very right. The drinks are interesting, they're pretty strong (the S. Tea D. is not for the faint of heart), and they're delicious. I've yet to taste a bad one, and I've tasted a fair few. They range from about £8.00 to £10.50 per drink during normal hours (there are some 2 for 1 deals from 5-7pm) and are completely worth it. Much better than some of the other similarly priced drinks I've had around town. The bartenders really know what they're doing back there, and the drinks shine as a result.
Brunch was also to die for. I had the Maple Glazed French Toast while my partner had the Vietnamese Pork Baguette and we were both extremely happy with our choices. The French toast was fluffy, filling, and served with real maple syrup (such a happy thing for a former Vermonter like me). The baguette was stuffed full of pickled veggies, pork crackling, and goodness like the ones we used to get at the Vietnamese market in Prague. I also had the strawberry basil drink which was really tasty. Sweet, tart, and with that lovely fresh basil flavour to top it off. Our server was prompt, friendly, and quick on the refills of our cucumber lemon water. All in all, we intend to revisit Zilouf's on a regular basis and recommend it to anyone who asks for a good bar or brunch spot.
Zilouf's is a place I come back to again and again when I'm in the mood for a cocktail. They're interesting, delicious and, if you visit during happy hour, cheap.
The cocktail menu changes fairly often so if you order something a bit crazy and you want it again next time, make a note of it.
I am a fan!
Looks like a bar from the outside but they have a dining section.
Food is pan - asian, really really good for quite reasonable prices. Good fish dishes, duck, etc.
I have eaten here a few times and always had a special deal (like starter & main for £15).
Nicley presented food, funky atmosphere, they have a few couches at the front, good drinks etc.
Towards the north end of Upper St, Zilouf's is a relaxed cocktail bar and restaurant with casual sofas and low tables at the front and a dining section further back. A den -like interior that isn't over designed.
The atmosphere is warm and laid back.
Definitely worth a visit for the food alone. The menu has been described as pan-Asian but I would say it's more British with a Continental and Asian twist - a good combination in my book. Examples include pork belly (a favourite but resisted this time), duck confit, risotto, steak for two with some Asian influences.
For starters I had crispy squid which came with pea shoots, sweet chilli sauce and thin crispy fried garlic slices. The squid was perfectly cooked and tender and the combination of flavours was excellent.
Confit of duck with crushed potatoes and bok choi was good, the confit was OK but not as good as the excellent starter.
My partner's mushroom risotto was also good -but a touch on the bland side.
Desert of sticky toffee pudding was impressive since the pudding was perfectly balanced with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sticky toffee pudding is something I like but varies so much from place to place and can be heavy. The Zilouf's version was light and not too sweet - just right.
Starter and pudding were the highlights of the meal on this most recent visit.
Service is always super polite and friendly which is another big plus.
Prices are middling, not cheap, not too high so medium value for money.
I really like this place. The menu is a bit all over the place but pick wisely and you'll be fine. I had crispy five spice tofu with daikon salad. It wasn't too spicy but it did have flavour and great texture. My friend had a confit of duck which he enjoyed. Importantly, there is a great cocktail menu. I had an espresso martini. This is one of my favourite drinks and I was pleased to find that they can make it well. Amazingly it didn't keep me up all night either. My friend had a cocktail the name of which escapes me which I hated and he loved so I guess they have something for everyone!
This is a really good date place or place to go for a birthday meal with friends it's got character, benches to sit on (yay, I love benches) and friendly waiting staff. Our waiter was only too happy to help me with my menu choices without being too pushy.
Easily the best foof at the best prices in London.
The Mixed drink list is creative and refreshing.
The fish dishes are excellent.
Great service, superb bar.
I feel bad for posting since this place is such a hidden gem.
Went there last week with a friend of mine for a few drinks and we had a great night out. The 2 for 1 cocktail deal is just the best. I don't remember how much we've paid but it was no more than £15 (qype.co.uk/people/SarahR…) . Excellent staff service, I'll make sure I come back again.
A perfect place for dinner with cocktail. You can enjoy some great drinks along with varieties of cocktail menus.
popped in here last night for cocktails. on a toned down hen do, so the bride to be was intrigued by zilour's. we popped in. the staff promptly welcomed us and got us a table that looked reserved for a birthday. i appreciated the extra effort to get us seated. the cocktail menu is amateur mixologist fare. i had the pear and lemongrass, which was tanqueray with pear and lemongrass juices. the bride had a dark and stormy, which was not the best d&s i've had but delicious all the same.
what i loved most about z's was the decor. it was an odd mix of knick knacks that reminded me of being in someone's den. there are not one, but two sewing machines. a typewriter afixed to the wall.
it can be hard to get orders in from staff members on a saturday night, so might be good to head straight for the bar. overall, a pleasant experience and the crowd seem casual and friendly. i'll be back for happy hour.
Good cocktails and great place to meet friends for drinks. They have excellent happy hour deals. Will definitely be going back.
I really like this bar as it's great for lots of different types of meeting/times of the day. If you go after work you get 2-for-1 cocktails and indulge in a bit of people watching as they all spill out of Highbury & Islington station (it's a 2 minute walk away). If the weather is nice you can sit outside on wooden benches or you can venture inside and grab a spot by the window. If you're feeling wiped or are with a big group you can lounge on the leather sofas or if you're feeling fancy you can sit at the back in the restaurant. What I really loved was the menu order before 7pm and you get two courses for £15. For starters, the corn cakes are excellent, and the pad thai was de-li-cious! I liked it so much I came back a few days later for some great alcohol-free cocktails. I'm moving to the area soon and think this will be a regular haunt for me.
solid 3 stars. Pork Belly was very good. Ordered sides to accompany the pork belly but the portion was very small for the price but tasty. Sides ordered were: chips & green beans. Also ordered 2 starters: the squid salad to start--tasty with bits of lychee (nice surprise); house made bread served warm and a good appetizer as the main dish could take a bit but worth the wait.
I'm lucky in that I live just down the road from Ziloufs, so it's something of a local to me. It's not exactly a gastropub, more of a gastrobar. Funky decor, and they always have a choice soundtrack on, not too loud if you're dining or want to have a chat.
Cocktails are delicious and mixed with love, they have no draught beer, but each bottled beer comes with an ice chilled glass.
The food is delicious. Well prepared and quality, and I get the impression the chefs are passionate about their offerings. The last time we were there, they had changed the recipe and we were asked for our feedback. I would have to say very nice.
I would describe the food as modern British, lamb rump, belly pork, crispy sea bass, rib-eye steak etc, nicely prepared and presented, with good service and a relaxed atmosphere. It's a good place to take a date. In short well worth a look for food and drink. Recommended.
Went to this place last night and was really surprised to be disappointed after reading a few good reviews. The waitress was pushy and tried to tell us what to order. She was also unapologetic about there being no bread - apparently it's made fresh so you shouldn't expect there to be any left at 8pm.
Everything was seasoned wrong; My starter was way too salty, and the fusion just didn't work (coconut chick peas tasted a bit like sick)
and if the desserts weren't too sweet they were too sour.
Overall it just felt like they were throwing stuff together for the sake of being progressive.
Probably wouldn't have minded so much if the waitress hadn't been so rude. - asked me "Are you leaving a tip?" out loud when delivering the bill. Erm, none of your business? Or rather, "no".
Very unusual find. Upscale cocktail bar with real gourmet menu in a not particularly large venue in a not particularly central location - very ambitious and difficult to pull off. However, there is obviously a great attention to detail that one can see as soon as one enters. Very quirky furniture and decorations that give it a lovely classic retro feel. Had a real homemade feel to it. The cocktails are evidently a big selling point so I experimented with a couple of novel creations. Was particularly impressed by a honey & basil rum concoction. The food was highly experimental considering the relatively simple ingredients used. The flavours worked very well together. Crispy pork belly a star anise flavour was wonderfully tangy, crispy and tender. Good party vibe to round things off.
Really like this place, great atmosphere with bar and restaurant brilliant cocktails and food is good.
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