I recently visited Trullo (300 – 302 St Paul’s Road, London N1 2LH) which is located just by Highbury and Islington station. It opened last year and serves Italian food. The head chef is Tim Siadatan who trained at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen.

I went on a Saturday lunch time and the restaurant had a really nice buzz, it wasn’t too packed. The clientele was quite young – 30 somethings and it seemed to be a local crowd. The room was very pleasant – wooden floors and navy blue furniture and walls. It was a nice sunny day so even though it’s quite a small restaurant, it felt airy and spacious. They have a mezzanine which is where we sat, but they also have nice tables along the front window – good for people watching. The waitresses were quite young and trendy, and were really nice and helpful. Our waitress talked us through the dishes and seemed to have a really good knowledge of the menu.

I ordered butternut squash fritters which were delicious, but maybe a little too oily after you’ve eaten a few. My guest had spaghetti with a lemon and pepper sauce which was really good. For main, we both had roast lamb which came with sautéed aubergine and was delicious! The lamb was cooked really nicely. We were super greedy and ordered three desserts to share as we both wanted to try their salted caramel ice cream which was amazing! We also had caramel pannacotta and chocolate and quince tart – both were fantastic and the dessert was definitely my favourite course. Price wise it’s quite reasonable for a smart restaurant – starters are around £7, mains £16 and desserts only £5. Definitely worth a visit!

By Syamala Upham