An Islington institution, Frederick's is a family-run restaurant with a metropolitan feel serving up modern European cuisine to the area's well-heeled diners. Located besides the antique and bric-a-brac dealers on Camden Passage, Frederick's is an ideal destination for a pre-theatre meal. The main focus of the restaurant is the airy Garden Room, with its internal trees and spectacular vaulted glass roof overlooking a patio and garden (a delightful spot when the sun's out). Although perfectly decent, the food at Frederick's has a reputation for not as impressing as much as the splendid setting. In fact, The Sunday Times's renowned restaurant critic A.A. Gill once described his nosh as "memorable ? sadly, because I'd much rather forget it". But for most mortals who are less difficult to please, the kitchen at Frederick's will do just nicely. A bar is open for drinks for those not dining, while coffee and snacks are served throughout the day. Bookings definitely advised.