Made In Camden should be the best thing to happen to Chalk Farm for ages. Although part of the Roundhouse, this new bar and all-day brasserie has its own entrance and vibe: cosy booths, stylish pendant lighting and big windows, through which you can observe the always-entertaining antics of the Chalk Farm Road brigade.
The food bills itself as Antipodean in sensibility, which basically means the approach is laidback and, like places such as Caravan in Exmouth Market (whose coffee it sources), there’s an emphasis on sharing and small plates, or posh tapas if you prefer. We tried lots of lovely, pricey, small things (we emphasize small): rare onglet and red onion, an omelette served in its pan, seared tuna and polenta salad, melt-in-the-mouth pork belly, and perfect calamari.
But we have a handful of caveats: a) the wine is served in slightly irritating small tumblers – fine for red, but white? b) someone had forgotten to chill the locally-brewed draft Camden Town Lager so only bottled beer was on offer c) it was empty on a Thursday night – why? and d) should the staff really have to look in a book to see how to make a Cosmopolitan? The imagery is very much urbane cocktail bar, after all.
Yes yes, we know it’s only been open a couple of weeks, so we can only hope hitches are ironed out forthwith, and the locals – as well as the gig-goers – keep coming back.