The Elk in the Woods

39 Camden Passage, Islington, London, N1 8EA - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7226 3535

The Elk in the Woods Restaurant In London
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Overall 10.0
Food 10.0
Service 10.0
Atmosphere 10.0
Value 10.0
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Came in here on my own during a very busy lunchtime. I was immediately made to feel welcome by the friendly waiter who showed me to a table straight away. I ordered a drink - superb fruity Biddenden rosé - and that arrived promptly.

The quirky interior, lively buzz from the clientele and quaint location - superb for people watching! - all made for a great atmosphere.

I chose the duck egg and mushrooms on toast. It was a very generous portion, the egg was perfect, and the combination of fresh rustic ingredients and flavours worked really well.

Then I tackled dessert. There were several very tempting options but I went for the ice cream sandwich with popcorn and caramel which I had never heard of before. It was a real treat, tasted completely home made and the combination was delicious.

I finished off with a perfect lattė which was made by the tall waiter who talked me through the different coffees available, he really knew his beans!

So a thoroughly enjoyable lunch - superb food and drinks, prices were very reasonable, service was good especially given how busy they were, friendly polite staff, and a great atmosphere.

Will definitely be going again.
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Jane C
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Friday, August 23, 2013

Agree with the other reviewers - this place has seriously gone down the toilet in the last 6 months or so. I had been once before and had a nice time, but tonight was basically terrible service and overpriced, mediocre food.

A message to the world's worst waiter - just because you have a beard and a top knot, and presumably play keyboards in a god-awful synth band, doesn't mean you aren't expected to at least acknowledge the presence of the luckless people who eat in The Elk in the Woods.

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Overall rating 2 stars
Food 4 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 0
Saturday, April 27, 2013

I've been to the Elk for lunch a couple of times and always really liked it., which is why I decided to give it a try for dinner with friends. Suffice to say that after a highly disappointing experience I won't be going back.

First things first: on arrival I asked for a dirty martini (vodka with olive brine), specifying 'quite dirty, lots of brine'. This, you might think, would be a good time to say they didn't have any olive brine (and therefore they couldn't actually make a dirty martini). When it arrived, it was basically vodka with two olives and some globules of oil on the top. When I took it back, I asked if it actually had any brine in it and what the oil was. The waiter said: 'we don't have any brine, that's how we make it here- our olives are stored in garlic and chilli oil so that's where the oil comes from'. I pointed out that 'vodka with garlic and chilli oil' is not really a drink - or not one I'd ever heard of before - and certainly not the drink I asked for. So not a great start. Then there was the surly waitress, channelling Lisbeth Salandar from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, who spent the whole night making us feel like she was doing us a favour by serving us and, finally, the fact that they happily took an order for a bottle of wine and a couple of drinks at five to eleven before coming over at twenty past and trying to boot us out and therefore leaving us no chance to finish it off. When we said that perhaps they could have pointed out that they would shortly be closing - ie literally putting chairs on tables - before they took that final quite large booze order the guy just shrugged and said that that was the license - ie not 'sorry' or 'let me refund the wine.' So the evening just ended in a bit of a damp squib.

It's a shame, as it's a nice setting and the food is decent, but no restaurant can afford to show this level of complacency. I for one won't be going back.
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Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 4
Sunday, June 24, 2012

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