Billingsgate Market Comes to Crouch End
Matthew’s Kitchen - a new venture from established Chef Artur Rrakaj - will serve seafood sourced direct from London’s Billingsgate market to Crouch-enders long-starved of a fish and seafood offering.
The restaurant’s emphasis will be on freshness, quality ingredients and value for money. Wines will be sourced from Laytons wine merchants in Islington and bread from Dunns in Crouch End.
Mr Rrakaj, who worked for nearly twenty years in high-end restaurants and hotels in London and the US, has named the restaurant after his son, promising to do so when Matthew was a small boy.
Chef Rrakaj has cooked for the Queen and Prince Phillip, but also for football royalty at executive boxes, including at Highbury and Stamford Bridge.
The menu will feature classic fish and seafood dishes with a twist, such as whole grilled lobster with garlic butter, grilled fillet of sea bass, Scottish scallops, as well as cod, paella, oysters and mussels. For other palates there will be lamb from Romney Marshes and vegetarian offerings too.
Artur can’t wait to open his first restaurant. He said: “I am very excited to bring fresh fish to the Crouch End masses. It’s a difficult skill to perfect, but when you get it right, fish and seafood can be great and it’s healthy too. I am hoping to make Matthew’s kitchen North London’s number one seafood destination”.
Matthew, who attends Fortismere School in Muswell Hill is proud of his father, “I am so excited. My dad’s a brilliant chef and what he cooks at home is delicious. I have begged him to open a restaurant since I was little. I know he’ll do well.”
Matthew’s Kitchen opens on Monday March 9th and will open seven days a week for lunch (12-3pm) and dinner (from 6pm), and for brunch from 9.30am on weekends. The restaurant is at 14 Middle Lane, London, N8 8PL. Telephone: 020 3581 0505. www.matthewskitchen.london ; facebook.com/matthewskitchencrouchend twitter @matthewskitche
Picture credit: Stefan Hohmann