Angelina Restaurant

4.6
87 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Angelina is a family owned restaurant in Dalston, serving a surreal exploration of Japanese and Italian cuisines, cultures and influences. It’s as if a Nonna and a Baba spent a day together in the kitchen sharing recipes, and then decided to open a restaurant.
Whilst Italian and Japanese cuisines may seem worlds apart, at their core they share very similar values; food is regional, seasonal and created with minimal meddling and the deepest respect. We are passionate about these similarities and look forward to welcoming you with a smile!
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GD
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. I was in a party of 4 and e had the tasting menu, every dish was excellent.

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V
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and friendly, efficient service. The seats at the bar are not the most comfortable if you've got short legs! There's nowhere to rest your feet. Also, on the night we came the chefs (open kitchen) seemed to be having disagreements - which makes it hard to relax when you're sat right next to them! We'd come again but we'd request a table seat next time.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good food and great atmosphere

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h
London
27 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

My first time in a new ish local restaurant. Went to celebrate an anniversary. Service good. Food tasty, if menu a bit limited and pricey.

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KH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing place. Food was incredible and setting was beautiful and local to us which is the best. My only feedback would be to perhaps have small cotton curtains on windows, felt slightly like being in a goldfish bowl at times. But totally wonderful none the less and we will be back!!

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AK
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service. We went for a treat to celebrate an anniversary and weren't disappointed in the least. Everything was absolutely delicious and the waiters were just the right amount of attentive. Definitely recommend.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is great, the interior is beautiful, and the value for money is excellent.

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CM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and friendly service in a lovely atmosphere, would highly recommend.

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i
London
22 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food is really good and the reason why i recommend it. The service can get very messy and the only letdown.

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MN
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the 2 daily dishes (meat/vegetarian) and shared the tasting menu with wine. Food was excellent; delicately fused Italian with rich Japanese flavours. Will definitely be back again and highly recommend. Service was also perfect!

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EA
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glorious food and genuinely friendly service. We had the set menu and every dish was spot on. Pricing is very reasonable as well for a restaurant of this level. Have recommended Angelina’s to a friend already.

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LC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a real experience. They only have one tasting menu and the combinations are different and delicious! Exceeded my expectations!

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DP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been a couple of times in a month for two different occasions. The place is super cool and relaxed. The food is simply amazing, especially the starters. The wine list is also great and reasonably priced. The menu also changed compared to our first time therefore we were surprised again.

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RL
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food taste was very good, great balance of the ingredients, wonderful composition of the dishes. Loved the decoration of the place. My only comment concerns the background music. In my opinion it did not fit at all with a classy Japanese Italian fusion restaurant. Gipsy Brothers, ok-ish. Hiphop, mwah, but what on earth was Brian Adams' Summer of 69 doing in that playlist??

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, nice food! First time there but will definitely visit again.

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JT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly exciting unique food in a beautiful setting . Excellent wine at a fair price as well

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a gem !

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DN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a truly amazing place. Such a warm welcome and we enjoyed sitting at the bar top to witness the theatre of the kitchen produce some of the most fantastic food we've tasted. A lot of love and such hard work has gone into this place and its resulted in something very very special! Thanks to Josh for looking after us so well. Can't wait to be back soon. You HAVE to be here soon & enjoy � xx

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i
London
23 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food is so interesting and innovative, the produce are so good (those strawberries! the tomatoes! the courgette flower!) and the 5 plates for £38 is a great deal, the menu offers variety and it's perfect to share and get a couple of extra dishes from the a la carte menu.
We loved the pasta and risotto dishes, and all the starters.
The dessert was divine.
The "main" were the only slightly disappointing dishes, but still decent.
The interior is so pretty.
The staff is friendly and attentive, although the service had weird speed times.
The starters were on our table in 5 mins, but for ordering and receiving the dessert we waited 40mins. I will definitely go back and recommend this to friends!

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DP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and idea of fusion. Produce is very high quality. We had a very special evening.

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love that they change the menu weekly and the duck i had was amazing. risotto is a little salty but over the ambience, service was great! Amazing place for a date or catch up

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SR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Chose Angelina on a friends recommendation and it did not disappoint. We arrived a little earlier than we booked and while waiting for friends decided to explore the wine list. The waiter for our table was very knowledgeable and informative, giving a very nice recommendation.
As a group we chose the taster menu with paired wine. It was delightful. The tempura tomato a personal highlight.
Lovely food, very attentive staff, and would certainly come back again!

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LB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening - celebrating a family milestone. We loved the cosy bar for cocktails (we arrived annoyingly early but the staff were charming), very attentive waiters who let us know exactly how long our table would be, no one made an issue of the fact that we were 4 instead of the 5 that we had booked for, explained the somewhat unusual (but not unexpected) menu arrangement and were generally very friendly and accommodating without being overly obsequious. Only slight niggle was the noise levels - acoustic treatment needed. The buzz is great but also nice to be able to hear what everyone is saying! Have already recommended and would come again. Jay Rayner is to be thanked for our visit btw...

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FC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting this restaurant was a wonderful experience. We were seated at the counter and were able to observe the amazing chefs in action. The food was outstanding and the staff were knowledgeable and friendly. One of the best meals we have had .

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ZB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A real surprise! Absolutely loved our meal here. The food was fantastic and the staff so friendly. Can’t wait to go back!

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JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exciting combinations of beautifully presented Japanese/Italian dishes. There was a buzzy atmosphere. Very enjoyable evening.

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Y
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Had an absolute excellent time - that said, though service was lovely attentive at the start, once the restaurant started to grow busy towards the middle of the meal, it became a bit more sparse and curt.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - inventive menu and great value. Lovely ambiance and relaxed atmosphere. Would thoroughly recommend.

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KJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, loved the decor and ambiance, and the staff were lovely.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food combo's were amazing and incredibly fresh and vibrant. Our only disappointment was the desert which was I think was called Green Match Tiramisu..and some other flavours, but all it tasted of was cream. It looked colourful but it did not excite. We did give our feedback at the time. However the rest of the food is a delight. We will be back again for sure. A fine addition to Dalston.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t fault it

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Food was amazing, but the stools at the bar were incredibly uncomfortable. It really made the experience much less pleasant.

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A
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

First Time we went (about 1 month ago) the set menu was brilliant, very interesting with raw fish for the crudi starters, unagi risotto, exotic mushrooms and generous portions. Last week the crudi were basically salami and cheese, with one smallish dish of each to share between six people and one mini cube of focaccia each. They couldn't give us any extra focaccia or bread because apparently they only make the bare minimum for each table. The fritti starters were great both times. The main was beef and potatoes. Yes, the beef was marinaded in soy sauce, but it was just standard (good) beef.
At the end of the day, the food was good but wasn't the interesting italian-japanese fusion we had the first time, which was the main reason we went back a second time. Basically I'm sad that this restaurant went (in my experience) from something unique to something average.
The place itself is very nice although quite noisy when busy.

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HG
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food - table a little cramped and noisy but great service- perhaps make it clearer when explaining food and wine - but lovely overall

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best. Simply love it here.

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TM
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious ! Angelo (I think he is called) was amazing :D xx

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BE
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed by the food. While the starters were great - creative blend of classic Italian and Japanese - the main course was a real let down. Steak, potatoes and spinach lacked flavour and reminded me of food at a conference venue or similar. Shame as it’s a good concept in lovely surroundings.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing evening...we went for the £35 tasting menu and so glad that we did, each course full of flavour...thoroughly enjoyed the tasty infused combinations!! The place is beautiful, chilled and staff were great! A must and when you do....check out the cosy bar and toilets ;-)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve had in London in ages - loved it!

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d
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I am a local who has lived in Hackney for 20 years. This restaurant is about 10 minutes walk from my house next to London Fields. So I booked via OpenTable and went to the restaurant. But a female staff very reluctantly received me and said to take a seat on the counter in the least courteous manner.

The tasting menu was miserable. Starter dishes used too much salt and soy sauce and some dishes were too simple Japanese family cooking, which I could have done when I had nothing much in the fridge..... But once they are placed in the lovely plates, perhaps the Brits might wish to pay high prices..... I felt a bit clumsy to eat a tempura-ish pricey single piece using folk and knife (as the first time experience) .... Pasta dish was fine but I hardly tasted any hint of 'dashi' ..... and too much asparagus ........... my patience reached the limit when the meat dish was served. Perhaps it was 'wagyu (Japanese-born and grown)' but the taste suggests that obviously it was born and grew up abroad...... wagyu cooking should have been done more carefully and skilfully. I did not stay until the dessert. Sorry. I could have imagined what kind of 'dessert' could have been served to me..... but I did well not to benefit from the ingenious dessert product.

If I am asked whether the fusion or combination of Italian and Japanese has been successful in this restaurant, I would say 'No'. Sorry.

The only positive feature of this restaurant is the services by a young gentleman who served the dishes, and who professionally cared and looked after the customers.

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