Upper Street in Islington is a foodie’s dream. With back to back restaurants serving every type of cuisine you could want, it’s tough to actually make a decision. I’d heard so many good things about Comedor Steakhouse so we headed over.
It was a lovely warm evening so we decided to enjoy a few cocktails al fresco on their cute patio before heading inside. Mike had an El Padrino, which was a great mix of bourbon and Disaronno, a simple but very potent cocktail. I love a bellini so the passion bubbles was a great choice with a dash of passoa.
Two lovely cocktails later we headed inside and were shown to a cute window table. The place had a really relaxed yet buzzy atmosphere, with almost every table taken. Brett the manager made us feel so welcome and whisked over some red wine while we looked over the menu.
To start we shared the tiger prawns a la plancha. Sprinkled with feta, pomegranate and balsamic dressing it was bursting with flavour. The bed of grilled romaine lettuce was almost as good as the prawns, drenched in the balsamic and prawn marinade we polished the whole dish off.We also went for the special of the day, lightly fried pieces of calamari served with a garlic aioli. The gorgeous chunky fish pieces had a lovely texture and didn’t last long on the plate. Brett then brought over the meat board. It got me very excited. He was so knowledgeable when explaining how to choose your perfect steak. Depending on how you like your steak cooked, the taste and fat content all help when deciding. Definitely their USP and something not many offer. After much deliberation I went off-piste and instead of choosing my classic fillet I went for the lesser known picana steak. Oh my, was it worth the risk. 300g of pure deliciousness. With every slice the juices would seep out and fill my mouth with the most intense flavour. This was nothing like I’d ever had before, slightly charred on the edge but perfectly medium rare and pink in the middle.
The pot of chimichurri was the best addition as it didn’t overpower the steak, just light oil with herbs and chilli. I was in steakhouse heaven. Mike went for their prized South American cut, a huge ribeye. Slightly thinner than mine it had tiny threads of marbled fat running through it which made it so juicy. I snuck a taste and I couldn’t believe how tender it was. A creamy béarnaise was poured over to add some indulgent creaminess. We had to control ourselves with the sides as there were so many to choose from. Huge chunky triple-cooked chips hit the spot, fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.
I always need a bit of green alongside and the rocket and parmesan salad was a perfect accompaniment. Then something a little different, a Columbian dish called humita. It was made up of creamed corn mixed with mozzarella. It was super stringy and you can see by my face how happy it made me. Fun presentation wrapped in a corn husk, we scooped every last bit out.To finish we went with 2 of the house specials as there was something about this team which I trusted completely, and they hadn’t let me down so far. We shared a dulce de leche cheesecake which was surrounded by cream and soft berries – absolutely gorgeous.
Then a traditional Eton mess. I loved the crunchy meringue paired with the fresh whipped cream, a great summer dessert.
We had a fantastic evening at Comedor, the team were super friendly and sure know their stuff when it comes to steak recommendations. The food was absolutely delicious from start to finish, not to mention the cocktails. Comedor is clearly a front runner, not just for steak on Upper Street but in the whole of London. I can’t wait to return.
Comedor Steak Restaurant
176 Upper Street, London , N1 1RG