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Le Mercury Restaurant

140a Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1QY

(((() French
  • Le Mercury - London
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  • Le Mercury - London
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Main course: £11
Food spend: £19
Opening hours
Monday to Thursday: 12:00 - 00:00
Friday & Saturday: 12:00 - 01:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 23:00.

Lovely restaurant with excellent food and service. Good value for money.

Helen 26 November 2018
from Sheffield

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An Upper Street favourite for almost 30 years now, Le Mercury is a charming neighbourhood restaurant with a classic French flavour. Sumptuous brasserie-style dishes are served in a relaxed space, filled with lush pot plants and soft candlelight in the evenings.

The Le Mercury menu is filled with gourmet French bistro favourites, complemented by a polished wine list. Start off with foie gras and ham hock ballotine with toasted bread and apple compote, or moules marinière cooked in white wine with a dash of cream. Well-priced mains include roast breast of Barbary duck with pommes purée and Grand Marnier sauce, while vegetarians can enjoy treats like the asparagus cheddar tart with balsamic reduction.

Vintages from across France and further afield are served at Le Mercury in Islington, with dessert wine and port to finish. Other after-dinner treats include glazed lemon tart, and a generous cheese platter.

An approachable slice of French dining in London, Le Mercury is a 10-minute walk from Highbury & Islington Tube Station.

Le Mercury Restaurant

140a Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1QY

Contact +44 2073544088

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4.4 (((() (based on 43 reviews)
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Recommended for

  • dinner (34)
  • value (25)
  • romantic (19)
  • lunch (18)
  • private dining (8)
  • trendy (6)
  • large parties (4)
  • business (2)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • child friendly (1)
  • views (1)
  • ((((( 26 November 2018 by Helen from Sheffield

    Lovely restaurant with excellent food and service. Good value for money.

  • ((((( 25 November 2018 by Kristina from London

    “Le Mercury” restaurant is a very small and cozy place. Service was quick despite that restaurant was full (on Wednesday!!) Food is delicious and not expensive. Had a good relaxing evening with my friends. Highly recommend!

  • ((((( 17 November 2018 by Grahame from ORPINGTON

    Made to feel very welcome by the staff. The menu was very varied and there was something for everyone. Courses were just the right size and very good. Promptly served but not rushed. Staff were "aware" when to approach one.

  • ((((( 16 November 2018 by Michelle from Birmingham

    Excellent as always. Was dining alone and it is a test of good service if you feel comfortable in that situation. I did and the food was great. The best thing though is the atmosphere. They have it just right. I always dine there when I’m in the area.

  • (((** 12 November 2018 by Victoria from London

    This restaurant has changed since I first came here some 20 years ago, and not for the better. The food is mediocre, the desserts were pretty awful and 8 of us were squeezed around a tiny round table with a couple of us sitting forcibly forward against the overhang of the bar! This restaurant is certainly trying to squeeze in the most people possible, at the expense of comfort and ambience. And to top the bill, the toilets were really dirty, with dirty paper all over the floor. I always think that the state of the toilets tells you a lot about the restaurant! When you see that this is immediately next to the kitchen in the basement, it does leave you feeling a bit uncomfortable as to the cleanliness elsewhere... I would no longer recommend this restaurant, and I wouldn't revisit it. Such a shame. What was a dinky little French restaurant is now a money making machine charging high prices for food which disappoints. Maybe if they had less diners, they could concentrate on quality rather than quantity, and then we'd leave feeling happy and wanting more. Sorry, not the review I'd hoped to be writing.

  • ((((( 6 November 2018 by Lucy from Devon

    Such a lovely little restaurant, would recommend the set lunch menu.

  • ((((( 6 November 2018 by Carl from London

    Excellent food, service and value.
    The atmosphere was very relaxed and we were not rushed, but once ordered food was served in good time.
    The quality of the cooking was superb and all four of us left the restaurant very satisfied.

  • (((** 2 November 2018 by Mark from London

    My partner and I returned to Le Mercury after a long time. We used to eat here with friends who lived locally in the 1990's. We were pleased to see the look and feel of the place hadn't changed. However, unfortunately, the entrecote steak I chose (cooked rare) was very tough in parts and I could not eat it all due to this. We did mention this to the waiter and she said she would pass our comments on the chef. The wine was very nice though.

  • (((** 30 October 2018 by Jo from LONDON

    The place which was recommended by a colleague, but was not what we expected. Dark inside, small tables and very little place to feel comfortable. The food was OK, but nothing spectacular. We had foie gras, which was nicely served with toast. very delicious. For main we took duck, which was not cooked enough and was disappointing .It was not a great experience as we wanted to have a really nice Friday evening.

  • ((((( 28 October 2018 by Clare from London

    It’s a pretty little restaurant with candlelit tables and a lovely and welcoming atmosphere. The staff were very friendly, the food was excellent and had lots of flavour - everything on the menu looked appetising so it was a hard choice.
    I had the roast chicken supreme with a delicious potato gratin and peppercorn sauce. The wine was equally good, so all in all a perfect evening!
    I definitely recommend this restaurant for a birthday treat or a romantic meal.

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