Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12.30 – 14.30, 17.30 – 23.00, Sat 12.00 – 24.00, Sun 12.00 – 21.00
There’s a big communal table at the front and smaller tables, dimly lit, at the back. The decor is the legally mandated industrial-steel-and-concrete-meet-rustic-wood. Service was charming and friendly. There’s a reasonably priced cocktail list but this kind of food is better with draught beer (Brooklyn Lager or Camden Pale Ale).
‘Korexican’ sounds like a kitchen-worktop material, or a sicko’s name for a drug used in treating eating disorders. In fact it means Korean + Mexican. The mixture is weird but somehow it really works And the flavours are splashed on with vigour. To eat here is to surf on wave after wave of umami flavours.
We had the ”KFC” – which was Korean Fried Chicken, Soy Garlic, Grapes & Rosemary – fantastic and Wagu Slider burger (with red onion jelly, cheddar cheese in between a brioche bun and truffled mayo on the side) together with Rice Cakes (not very impressive) for starters all really great.
For mains we had the Smoked Rib Stack, which was spicy and nice with a lovely smoked sweet chestnut wood asian BBQ sauce and a Sirloin Tatami (file) which is aged 35 days and taste fantastic – which came with a truffled shiitake and tofu cream….
The Drapers Arms has thrived since it was opened in 2009 because it understands its clientele (well-to-do young London people (and a few tourists) glad to be away from the Upper Street hectic lifestyle) and delivers a very interesting menu, good wines, varied beers (Harveys Sussex Best, Sambrook’s Wandle, Truman’s Runner), neutral decor and thoughtfully seasonal cooking. This is served in a pub environment (that was quiet noisy and lively downstairs but more quiet upstairs) with a super friendly staff that seemed to be very proud of what the restaurant could offer.
We took the bus from our hotel in Covent Garden which took a good 30 min but it was good to see a new part of London. The restaurant is the kind of place you just wanna hang out in the bar after you finished your meal.
The Drapers Arms has a interesting menu if you love well cooked english modern food.
To sum up: I really like The Drapers Arms It’s homely & cozy, and feels like walking into someone’s home a hundred years ago. The wine list is extensive and the beer selection feels local and full of quality microbreweries. Food is best case scenario gastropub style. Service is excellent. The downstairs is good for drinks and snacks, but I suspect the upstairs area is better for sitting down to lunch or if you want to have a more quiet dinner. It is spacious and quieter without being formal. It’s not a cheap place, but it isn’t too expensive either, and I would argue that you do get your money’s worth there, in terms of quality as well as quantity.
It’s the best place to take friends from out of town when they’re visiting; it feels exactly like how you want London to be!