The Kentish Town food scene might be getting a new name as Melange - a restaurant brand already enjoying success in Barnet and Crouch End - seeks to open a third London venue on Kentish Town Road.
NW5 is exploding as a foodie hotspot, with a growing reputation in North West London for new ventures, innovative dishes and cool venues. With Joe's Southern Kitchen already bringing flavours from America's Deep South to Kentish Town, Arancini Brothers finding favour with its risotto-ball canteen and the promise of a Franco Manca sourdough pizza restaurant, Melange looks set to add a new dimension to NW5, with its Southern France/Italian influences.
In fact, restaurant review site Justopenedlondon.com describes Kentish Town as a 'reborn hipster eating and drinking neighbourhood of North London.'
While it's great to have bragging rights for on-trend bars and eateries, having good restaurants in the neighbourhood also boosts an area's desirability and even has an effect on house prices.
The 'Michelin effect' has been well documented, where house prices in an area where there's a Michelin-starred or award-winning restaurant are elevated by around 5%. And you've probably heard of the 'Waitrose effect' - with house prices in areas with this supermarket commanding 12% more than typical prices in the region.
For now, home movers with their sights set on Kentish Town can sleep easy knowing a good breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, supper or just a round of drinks between property viewings is a cinch.
A RESTAURANT serving French and Italian cuisine is sizing up a move into Kentish Town’s expanding dining scene. Melange, a hit eatery which has earned rave reviews from foodies for its first two branches in Crouch End and Barnet, is set to open in Kentish Town Road, if council planners grant permission for work on the property. The new restaurant would be in the property previously operating as Yazmina café. It is next door to Arancini Brothers, which has enjoyed success with its risotto-ball canteen.