If it’s dinner you’re after then pop a couple of doors down and you will find the most recent addition to the food scene in Stamford Hill: De Gusto. This is a Brasilian-cum-Italian restaurant that opens in the evenings and serves hot food with a cocktail list long enough to wallpaper a small room. Covered in pictures of Italy and Brazil it’s not quite Nobu, but it will fill you up and if you go during the week you’ll be likely to catch the Pasta Buffet: for less than a tenner you will be served-up pasta dish after pasta dish – a taster menu for the carb-hungry and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for anyone looking for a place to take fussy children or those in need of comfort food.
For something strictly South American you’re in the right place in Stamford Hill. With a growing community here the food is authentic and affordable. La Carrilera is the best if you like your meat done Latino style and accompanied with plantain and beer. The staff are friendly, and the menu is large and includes tapas-style food as well as big main dishes.
And if you’re looking for a watering hole then Stamford Hill has a fair few, many of which have been revamped over the last couple of years to make them more welcoming, although some are still worth avoiding. The Dutch House is a bustling, well-kept pub with friendly staff and a wide range of drinks. It shows the football and has a decent pool table at the back for any budding Stephen Hendrys.
So forget the myth that Stamford is the boring bit of the A10 and make the most of one of its unique, un-gentrified culinary offerings before the rest of the world catches on.