Eat London with Kids: Roots at N1

Butter chicken Roots at N1

Roots at N1 is a popular Indian restaurant in Barnsbury, practically on our doorstep.

But for some reason we’d been slacking on checking it out, even though I’d heard great things about it from around the ‘hood.

When I called up to reserve a table, I was told there was a large party coming in at 7pm so we had better hurry down. I assured them we could be there in 5 minutes.

As soon as we entered, the waiters were instantly warm and friendly, making jokes with the kids as they took our coats.

Inside, the decor is tastefully understated with cool light fittings and a cosy ambience.

There was a delicious but subtle scent of sandalwood and soft balearic beats playing in the background.

We placed our orders and while we waited, the waiters served up a surprise for our kids — yummy cups of mildly spiced tomato soup with breadstick, on the house!

Tomato soup at Roots N1

A lovely touch.

A party of at least 20 arrived as forewarned. But even though there were only 3 waiters working the room, they remained just as attentive to our table as before.

The menu at Roots N1 changes seasonally and they pride themselves on sourcing local British produce.

I had the Lamb shank and it was super tasty, slow-cooked until the meat practically melted off the bone.

Lamb shank Roots at N1

My only gripe was the sauce which was loaded with flavour, but I found slightly overwhelming both in density and richness.

Off the kids menu, the babes had Butter Chicken massala, two generous child portions (they could easily have shared one) and Abiye had the adult version.

Babes at Roots at N1

Next time we come here, I might not be able to resist getting the Butter Chicken as it was so tender and beautifully marinated. It was practically a transcendent experience compared to the bog standard ‘rubbery chunks in cream’ takeaway version.

We all had rice and a sharing plate of nan, tandoori roti and garlic naan breads so we were full to the brim after our mains. But dessert came inclusive with the kids menu.

Is it me or should this ice cream have a PG rating?

Roots at N1 dessert menu

We were in an upbeat mood after our dinner at Roots at N1. This is a lovely little place with excellent service and food we were still talking about the next day.

We’re lucky to have it so close to home but it’s worth crossing town for if you fancy a family-friendly meal at a top-notch spot.

Average dish £12-£15, kids menu £8, ages 6 and under eat FREE!

Roots at N1 is at 115 Hemingford Rd, N1 (Highbury & Islington/Caledonian Rd tube). Tel: +44 207 697 4488

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  1. says

    Indian cuisine is evolving day by day to pair with wines . It is most challenging now for all dishes. Really it does not end with beer and curry. I think Roots at N1 is perfect one for taking these challenges.

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