Norman’s Cafe, Junction Road – review


A top quality lunchtime takeaway between Tufnell Park and Archway – with a licensed restaurant to come post-lockdown


Normans cafe N19

Newly landed on Junction Road, just before the current spate of lockdowns, dinky space Norman’s has old-school café vibes with monochrome flooring and cute gingham curtains.

The talented – visionary? – peeps behind it have a stellar background: Lyle’s, French House, Clove Club and Crispin – this is no run-of-the-mill cafeteria, despite initial appearances.

Housed in the former home of much-loved, and rather pioneering, tapas bar Del Parc (which we reviewed dozens of times over the years), the spot is takeaway-only at the moment (obvs). Excitingly, once all is back to normal, it will serve British comfort food for lunch and dinner – and also moonlight as a wine bar.

For now, a selection of tempting hot sarnies are on offer, written on a chalkboard menu by the door. The twist? The bread component for all choices is a toasted English muffin.

Normans N19
Divine: chicken escalope sarnie. Photo: LE
There’s the likes of sausage, egg, Red Leicester and brown sauce; Stella-battered fish with tartare; and bubble ‘n’ squeak with cheddar. All hover between £4-6 – extremely good value.

We can’t resist the panko-crumbed chicken thigh escalope, and aren’t disappointed when we bite into well-seasoned, juicy meat. Slices of pickled wally and a slick of balanced garlicky mayo make fine accompaniments.

We’re already planning a return takeout visit to what is a more-than-welcome neighbourhood addition.

Open Wednesday-Sunday 10am to 4pm at 167 Junction Road, N19 5PZ. Follow @normanscafelondon.

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