18 stoke newington high street, london N16 7PL
30 june 2016
on a street saturated in concept eateries in stoke newington, victory mansions refuses to be defined by a ‘theme’. step in and it’s a little 50s, a little 60s, distinctly vintage but the specifics don’t matter. it’s the output of a group of mates passionate about good food and fun times - the whole bar is owned, built and run by all the staff. the menu [brought to us by ex-ottolenghi chef sam wilkinson] blend cuisines, and offers surprises - again refusing to be defined. from the baby artichokes and confit duck yolk to the pigeon salad with dried figs and cobnuts, butterflied sardines and fennel to the poached peach with liquorice walnuts. brunch offers moreish pumpkin fritters, burnt miso prawn toast and beetroot smash and kippers [plus a ridiculously generous bottomless cocktails offer for £15 a head] and there’s an experimental ‘street food sunday’ offering to be had to keep things unpredictable. and if that wasn’t enough, check out the classy-side-of-kitsch 70s basement which you can’t rent out for special events. you cannot fail to have a fun time in this eclectic spot.