Vins Islington

Last Friday, my partner and I treated ourselves to a date night. We finally,(after 2.5 years), dipped our toe into the world of babysitting. Luckily, our son’s nursery offer babysitting, so his keyworker was able to pop around. He loved having her here and showing off all of his toys and bedroom to her. It was a great first experience and something we definitely need to do again.

Once we were happy that he was settled, we headed to Islington for the evening. We were there to review the menu at Vins – an intimate restaurant and wine bar near Canonbury station.

Vins Islington

Vins is a bit of a hidden gem. Perfect for date nights or catching up with good friends, the restaurant is a beautiful space, tucked away from the bustle of Islington. The menu comprises European food with wines from small batch vineyards.

The food menu comprises a range of small plates, great to be shared. From snacks to starters and mains to dessert. To start we enjoyed some drinks with olives and sourdough bread, that came with a gorgreous treacle butter. (So good you could eat it by the spoonful kind of butter). Followed by a starter of pease ,ricotta and brioche crutons. Wonderfully light and summery – perfect scooped up with some of the sourdough.

Peas and Ricotta
Celeriac Risotto

Moving on to mains, we chose to share the breaded sea bass with Jersey Royal potato salad, fennel and romesco. Plus the salt baked celeriac and porcini butter risotto. The owner of the restaurant was very good at staggering our food, meaning we were able to enjoy each main seperately. Personally, I my favourite dish of the whole night was the celeriac risotto. The celeriace had an incredible caramelised texture and the risotto was perfectly al dente. My partner however, preferred the sea bass. Which I have to admit, the Jersey Royal potato and fennel salad were very good. Fennel has become one of my go-to vegetables lately.

Breaded Seabass with Romesco
Chocolate Cremeux with Orange Polenta Cake

Finally, for dessert we shared the cheese plate and chocolate cremeux. The chocolate cremeux was rich and decadent but the little pops of orange polenta cake and pistachio helped balance the dish.

Whilst we sat inside, Vins boasts an outdoor covered terrace for those wanting to enjoy the late summer sun.

Sweet Monday

*All food and drink were complimentary in return for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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