This recently launched project has a duo of chefs from Newington Green’s Primeur at the helm, surely enough to get most food-focused north Londoners raving.
Together with its sister restaurants, such as Holloway’s Western Laundry (reviewed here), and the NYC-style Hornsey pizzeria/bakery Big Jo, the small group seems incapable of setting a foot wrong.
They’re using their N5 kitchen to prep their Italian-based fare as Lasagne Man. There’s also a team of furloughed hospitality workers on hand for delivery – the radius is 3.8 miles. Our bag of goodies is dropped off to us in Tufnell Park: well within the range. Phew.
What shines through here is the quality of the ingredients. Take their slices of home-made garlic focaccia (£2.50) – gone in seconds. Or the dessert: we manage to squeeze in their decadent tiramisu (£5), where coffee-dunked savoiardi biscuits – aka ladyfingers – sit amid marsala-laced mascarpone mousse. A light pud that’s not too sweet and totally scrummy.
But, of course – as its name suggests – it’s all about the first-rate lasagne. Yorkshire-based Swaledale beef ragu is layered between thin sheets of pasta, and topped – but not overloaded – with creamy béchamel and a balanced combo of oozy mozzarella and umami-packed parmesan. A super generous slab costs a reasonable £10. And if you fancy something veggie instead, there’s an aubergine option for £8.
So, question: is it the best takeaway lasagne in London? Sod it, let’s say: 100% yes. Order from midday every Wednesday, but get in there quick to reserve your portion as it (like every other Instagram-fuelled food delivery at the moment) seems to sell out.
And when it arrives, all you need to do is reheat for 20 minutes or so, while you crack open a velvety red.
Available for Saturday and Sunday delivery. Or weekend collection from Primeur: 116 Petherton Road, N5 2RT. More info here. @_thelasagneman
Main image: Laura Evans