Restaurants: Where shall we meet in Camden?
Saturday 13 March 1999
Some restaurants, however, are bucking the image. Sauce barorganicdiner, a basement restaurant conveniently located on the way to the funky, hippy stalls at Camden Market, is a great ambassador for the organic trade. The impression here is that both cooks and diners care about food. There is no skimping, and no solemnity, and, although there is a plethora of smoothies and juices available, it was patently obvious that no one grouped in the booths felt inhibited about indulging in the excellent organic wines and beers on offer. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that organic produce is expensive, house wine is a very reasonable (for London) pounds 9.95 a bottle. And you can really tell the difference with organic food. I've rarely had a prawn more flavourful than those in my shrimp starter.
Mother-of-godchild was a tad disappointed that the vegetables accompanying her
main course were the same char-grilled ones she'd had as a starter, but pronounced her marinaded chicken delicious. And I actually enjoyed a hamburger - tender, well-flavoured and accompanied by fat chips. The lemon cheesecake was delicious too, and though poor old godmum, obviously on a bad night (she started the evening by destroying a wall-light cover) had to send back her chocolate cake because of its nut content, she was well pleased with the organic ice-cream that replaced it. How nice: to gorge and believe it's doing you good.
Sauce barorganicdiner, 214 Camden High St, London NW1 (0171-482 0777)
Cottons 55 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 (0171-482 1096)
The Engineer 65 Gloucester Ave, London NW1 (0171-722 0950)
Wazobia 257 Royal College St, London NW1 (0171-284 1059)
Cafe Delancey 3 Delancey St, London NW1 (0171-387 1985)
Arts & Ents blogs
Too upsetting? Academy members voted for Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave 'without watching it'
The Independent Bath Literature Festival: 'Top Gear' makes Saudis look liberal, Kirsty Wark tells book festival
Mad about the girl: The cult of Veronica Mars
Stewart Lee: Beware - this man may be only joking
Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 3 Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
- 4 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
- 5 Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it