Oven & Hearth is the kind of restaurant that Finsbury Park needs – a laidback spot with sensible prices, great food and an enviable drinks menu which does two things exceptionally well: tacos and cocktails. And if tacos and cocktails sound like unlikely bedfellows to you, you’re not alone, but it has found its home among north London’s hip media set and the artist/advertising types that have fueled the NW boom. Stroud Green Road’s Oven & Hearth does a superior line of American-style BBQ, great cocktails and party nights and an all-you-can-drink brunch menu that is nowhere more at home than in quintessentially modern London.
London is the home of really excellent pseudo-street food, pseudo insofar as there’s nothing of the wipe-it-on-your-sleeve greasiness or dripping-on-your-shoes messiness one might rightly associate with street food. Instead, what London does so well is street food served posh (or at least with plates) and Oven & Hearth brings the potential mess of the American south to this pristine corner of Finsbury Park. Diners are heading to Stroud Green Road for the smoky flavours of barbecued meats and a generous menu of cocktails, craft beers and wines, without the risk of getting taco all over your jeans.
Aside from the food (hello to Vietnamese duck carnitas, pork pibil, baja California cod, Korean brisket, lamb merguez, chicken mole and falafel tacos) the other big attraction at Oven & Hearth is the drinks menu. Finsbury Park’s finest spot for the food of the American south and the most London drinks menu imaginable, Oven & Hearth knows how to keep its punters happy. Stroud Green Road offers in equal measure great food and cocktails with names like vive la revolucion and beers which go by Hackney hopster, so you know you’re at the perfect meeting point of tacos and cocktails.
So we decided to give Brisket another chance after the slightly underwhelming last trip. The only advice I would give you is go with the burgers because they are really good. I think they are making some of the other burger joints like the ones with Meat in their name now look decidedly average. Good price, good size, good quality this place is worth a go, just remember have the burger
Brisket does do a good burger but I think that they have changed the menu a little too much to what it was earlier in the year. The tacos could only really be described as a bit of a let down. If you fancy a burger go they are good though
Great food, friendly staff, this is a hidden gem of a place.