Mosaica, Unit COO5, The Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Road, Wood Green, London N22 6XJ, T: 020 8889 2400, Website: www.mosaicarestaurants.com, Open: Thuesday to Friday noon to 2.30pm; 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Saturday: 7pm to 10pm, Sunday: 1pm to 4pm
Food: 4, Ambience: 4, Service: 4, Drink selection: 4, Toilets: 3.5, Web site: 1, 19.5/30
Don’t be put off by the terrain outside Mosaica – a high fence, seemingly locked gates and ten-foot high brick wall. We also had to walk past a huge sign displaying a raft of companies and then speak to a receptionist. That said, it was worth the angst. We loved it. One of their mantras is: You’re only as good as your last meal. My first was thoroughly enjoyable. The laid-back atmosphere, decor – loved the eclectic mix of furniture and the candle grease dripping down the walls – and the slick service (including quality explanations of the dish and ingredients and the flexibility for dietary needs) were admirable. Their web site mirrors the style in the restaurant created in the basement of a former chocolate factory. I quote: “Whether you prefer jeans or the little black number, you’ll feel right at home in our laid back New York loft shabby chic.” Spot on, the mix on the night we dined was interesting. Their food is sourced from London’s two world-famous markets, Smithfield and Billingsgate. It is no wonder they are busy.