Having visited Monkey Nuts in Crouch End many a time, their arrival in Whetstone was highly anticipated. I had spent an evening or five sampling their cocktail menu (which is utterly fabulous - the Apple Martini is a MUST) and chicken wings before, and so knew it was the perfect place for The Two Hungry Girls.
On arrival we were greeted by cheerful staff who promptly whisked over our drinks orders while we perused the menu. Apple Martini for me, and a Vodka Daisy for Chloe. They were delicious and incidentally half price during happy hour.
For starters, I plumped for the Soy and Ginger Wings, which were a heady, decadent mix of salty and sweet, crispy-skinned and joyously meaty, and served with a fresh Asian slaw.
Chloe opted for mac and cheese balls; rich and oozy parcels of the ultimate comfort food, coated in crunchy breadcrumbs.
Neither of us could resist the call of the Dirty Dog. (It was a contingency order for me, when I discovered to my utter dismay that the kale mac and cheese was no longer on the menu, but I got over it quite quickly when this arrived...)
A beef and pork frank nestled snugly in buttery brioche, smothered in a blanket of melted cheese, piled high with smokey barbecue pulled pork for good measure and bedecked with green chilli relish. This is truly a behemoth in a bun. The fries, though crisp and rather tasty, we sadly largely overlooked because of the sheer size of the thing.
Happy and full, we planned our next adventure and cooed over the marble tables and mismatched lighting fixtures.
If you're looking for comfort and cocktails in North London, Monkey Nuts is a no-brainer.