Nuala

There’s a new restaurant and bar celebrating Irish cuisine and culture, just a short walk from Old Street Station, called Nuala. 

Nuala’s logo is a beautiful red headed lady, so being of a red-headed persuasion, I already loved Nuala before even stepping through the door.

The ground floor restaurant is sleek, relaxed and cosy. You can watch the chefs cooking gorgeous food by the giant fire pit. All the ingredients used at Nuala are carefully and painstakingly chosen.

Nuala is putting Irish cusine on the map in London with dishes such as suckling pig, veal sweetbreads and cauliflower rarebit. Starters are priced from £7, mains from £15, they also serve sharing dishes to encourage a more sociable dining experience. The food is beautiful, everything I tried was delicious and left you wanting more.

The great thing about Nuala is the variety of ambience it has to offer!  In contrast to the sleek restaurant, there is also  an underground traditional Irish bar. There’s a low ceiling, racks of Tayto crisps, loads of whiskey, Guinness on tap and live music every night.

The underground Irish bar actually reminded me of the scene from the film Titanic where Jack and Rose dance the jig! There’s live music to accompany the friendly and fun atmosphere at Nuala, and the sound system is great. The live music is amplified around the whole of Nuala so you can still enjoy it even when seated in the restaurant.

We sampled some of the cocktails and they were some of the best I’ve tried in a while, specially a  delicious whiskey punch.

Nuala is soon to be open all day, seven days a week, so you can pop in for coffee , a relaxed lunch, bar snacks, brunch at weekends, or a more formal dinner.

If you looking for an intimate date, you can book one of the snugs and cosy up for a lovely dinner and relaxed cocktail before dancing the night away to to the live music downstairs.

THE VERDICT

I loved Nuala, the atmosphere, the drinks, the music. All the fun of the kind of place that smells of stale beer and your feet stick to the floor, but without having the smell of stale beer or your feet sticking to the floor. This place is perfect for it’s close proximity to silicon roundabout as a playground for Londons slightly more maturer, but cool kids. I look forward to returning.

http://www.nualalondon.com

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