Restaurant review: Roundsquare, Holloway, N7
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With Chinese New Year approaching it seemed only right to pay a visit to the new far eastern kid on Holloway’s block.
Roundsquare is a plush, well-furnished eatery that’s taken over a two unit space in the slowly improving stretch of Seven Sisters Road between Nag’s Head and Finsbury Park.
Decor-wise it’s pleasing on the eye, if a little typecast, featuring a massive fish tank dominating one end. Another slightly cheesy, albeit rather nice.touch is the inclusion of karoke machines next to the bigger tables.
On our Friday night visit the place was packed and a huge, boisterous birthday party were singing their hearts out. But sliding doors diminished the din enough to make it add to, rather than overpower, the atmosphere.
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The extensive menu is a combination of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes, created by a chef team hailing from the Middle Kingdom but having worked extensively in Nam.
In a bid to try as much as possible we went for the incongruously named mixed hors d’oeuvres – in fact a selection of Chinese staples.
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Star of these starters were the salt and pepper mushrooms, a new one on me, which were juicy, spicy little mouthfuls.
The prawn toast, seaweed, and spring rolls were tasty, if nothing out of the ordinary, while the spare ribs had great texture but needed a bit more seasoning.
All the mains, however, were a cut above flavour wise – the Szechuan style kung po chicken was fiery and vigorous, without bringing on a sweat. The platter of black bean chicken came out in sizzling grandeur, served in a deep, rich, satisfying sauce Perhaps the most impressive was the fried broccoli with garlic – a bit eye-watering at £9 – but a nonetheless big portion of flavour packed greens.
Some of the dishes look a bit overpriced. Not all them however, and it’s pretty tasty stuff.
Predictably we couldn’t finish, but the friendly team boxed it all up for us so nothing went to waste.
Roundsquare seems to have won plenty of fans in its first five months. With special deals over the Chinese holiday period (15 per cent off sit down meals until February 10) it’s a good time to get acquainted yourself.
132-132a Seven Sisters Road
Tube: Finsbury Park
W: 020 72723356
Mains: from £5.50
Wine: from £14 a bottle
Children welcome: Yes
Disabled access: Yes