On Hornsey Road in – you guessed it, Hornsey – The Ocean Restaurant is in itself a little taste of the seaside. Don’t be expecting a soggy-battered fish down Margate prom though: this a full full-on Mediterranean feast, with a menu more befitting of a summer’s evening in Salerno or Santorini than a stroll down Skegness strand. Set sail for North London’s coastal embassy now to sample some Southern European specialities.
London’s fish restaurant scene can be a little bland – this the land of the jellied eel, after all – but at The Ocean Restaurant on Hornsey Road in Hornsey, an authentic taste of the waves is never far away. Their menu is a tidal tour of the Mediterranean, where the cuisines of Greece, Turkey and Italy feature highly. Olives from Kalamata join risottos and halloumi to create a triumvirate of culinary cultures that have a strong connection to the coast.
When you arrive at The Ocean Restaurant on Hornsey Road in North London, you will be offered a seat and a menu in no time. If you are in a group, then you are in luck: platters abound, and sharing is always a good idea. A smoked salmon salad will get you on your way for starters, and for mains, you can indulge in a variety of Mediterranean delights – Italian pasta choices, Greek-style souvlakis or a mixed fish platter to share. In fact, in this Hornsey fish restaurant, there are enough fish options to have Rick Stein going all night, and a large enough wine selection to keep Keith Floyd there with him.