156 Canonbury Rd, London N1 2UP
Lee Tiernan, once head chef of St John Bread & Wine is since September 2015 the chef owner of the small “metal & mangal” joint in Islington – Black Axe Mangal – where he does what he really loves: cooking dishes as honest and intense as the music which accompanies them, in a place which is as relaxed and friendly as himself and his team.
There are only twenty-two seats, so you may have to wait for a table at the neighbouring pub, but what expects you at BAM is so much worth the wait! What Lee creates within his miniature kitchen (consisting of a pizza oven and a bit more) is a pure indulgence for all the senses. He plays with food in the same way as his beloved musicians play with music – he goes wild, intense, he challenges and provokes, but with a great sensibility and hands of a master, so in all this intensity every bite happens to be stunningly balanced and deeply satisfying. And it’s not only about the flavours – let your hair down at BAM and enjoy the food with your hands. Feel its crispness, its temperature, its lovely crust, smell the beautiful spiciness and then feel it with your mouth where every single bite playfully tackles each of your taste buds. What are you waiting for? If you haven’t been at Black Axe Mangal yet, visit it now. And if you have been there already, you already know that you need to return.
PS Black Axe Mangal is also one of the locations of the Great Gelinaz! Shuffle and I am very happy and proud for being the GELINAZ! Ambassador of this very special place (sold out for that evening). I imagine you are curious who will be the guest chef/cheffe at BAM … Well, that’s a secret! For now … but follow me on Twitter where I will be posting about happenings at Black Axe Mangal from the moment when the guest chef arrives.