Lazy Hunter is the slightly odd name for the latest food opening on the lower Kentish Town Road – and near the run of quality independent gaffs that includes Anima e Cuore, Bintang and Arancini Brothers.
The latest opening from a north London family-run business, it’s Sister to Melange, which has branches in Crouch End and Barnet, and dishes up Mediterranean grub in the ubiquitous industrial surrounds.
With Lazy Hunter the USP will be more informal and a bit hipper, as befits what’s now a competitive stretch. It will be a “quality street food restaurant”, says owner Justina Markauskaite, “featuring dishes cooked with wonderful ingredients that Mother Nature has to offer.”
What does Mother Nature mean exactly? “Wild boar burger with forest mushrooms, toasted chestnuts, streaky smoked bacon and caramelized onion,” she says. “Or chargrilled sausages with apple and cognac, served with roasted butternut squash and garlic sweet potatoes.”
So far, so warming. And veggies won’t be left out either, with dishes like green curry cakes, cannellini beans and garlic spinach.
Oh and hang on, why the name? “It reflects the restaurant’s buzzing, friendly, nature-loving personality,” says Justina. “Everyone can be a Lazy Hunter here: the best catch will be presented to your table. All that’s left to do is to have fun and enjoy delicious food in countryside-inspired interior.”
So it’s not cockney rhyming slang after all. Ahem.