Korto Muswell Hill is the result of a life-long dream of its two owners and friends, Paul and Russell. They couldn’t have come from more different working backgrounds. Paul, a trained chef and experienced restauranteur – having been part of the team that opened what was The Great Eastern Hotel – and Russ, a City escapee who wanted to take his Finance and Systems experience and combine it with his love of good food and wine.
What they both had in common from the start was a passion for excellence, building a great team, genuine customer service and fresh, wholesome food packed with flavour but without the Michelin Star price tag or stuffiness.
In 2013, finishing a Sunday morning run around Alexandra Palace, Paul spotted a great site that would be perfect for their vision of an all-day restaurant.
At the end of 2018, having completely gutted and refurbished what was previously The Muswell Hill Tandoori, Korto was born.
YOUR LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOOD RESTAURANT
At Korto Muswell Hill we provide old school hospitality in a relaxed, friendly and vibrant environment – a local restaurant situated in the heart of your neighbourhood. Grab breakfast, a coffee, have a snack, feed the children or indulge yourself in a proper evening out with cocktails, wine and our a la carte menu. We love our food and we’re inquisitive, seeking inspiration from the bold flavours of the Southern Mediterranean encompassing Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. We’ve always loved the way these flavours lend themselves to fresh, healthy dishes that nourish from the inside out.
Our vision has always been for Korto to be a place where anyone can come to feel comfortable and part of a community. We welcome families, couples, groups, parties or pop in on your own – we’re also just as happy for you to bring your canine pals too. Yes, we’re dog friendly! It’s all about having somewhere you know you’ll be just as welcome enjoying a coffee after you’ve dropped the kids at school, a juice after that gym session, setting up your laptop on our work station, meeting the girls for cocktails or sitting down to a cosy meal for two.
YOUR FAVOURITE DISHES – WITH A KORTO TWIST
We do our best to cater for everyone at Korto, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well as our usual favourites with a Korto twist. During the day, Korto is a buzzy café. We’re open for breakfast every morning and serve brunch right through until 3pm. At midday we also add on our lunchtime favourites and weekly specials, taking you right through to early evening Sunday to Tuesday.
Wednesday to Saturday evenings we then turn into a relaxed dinner destination, when we offer an a la carte menu and serve cocktails, craft beers and interesting wines. In the evening we include more vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as steak, our super Korto burger and our split lentil dahl with cauliflower pakora.
At Korto it’s not about reinventing the wheel, it’s about adding a burst of flavour, spice, zing and freshness.
A REFRESHING CHANGE
Our wine list is just as important too. Russell and Paul spend time sourcing (and drinking, of course!) the types of wine that suit our food. From a vegan Portuguese wine made, from indigenous grape varieties, by a New Zealander, to a beautiful smooth red from Provence, made without sulphur, or sparkling wine from the Kent countryside, we aim to provide an interesting, affordable wine list.
We have the same philosophy with our beers with a local London craft beer, a crisp Czech Pilsner, Pale Ale and IPA all by the can.
TAKE KORTO HOME
You’ve had a busy day, the kids are tired, you’ve got impromptu guests or you just feel like eating at home, no problem, just pop in and we’ll cook your chosen dishes fresh for you to take away. You can even grab a bottle of wine to take home with you too.
LIFE IS SHORT, DRINK THE COFFEE
Our speciality Redemption Coffee is roasted at Her Majesty’s Prison Aylesbury. The inmates get to learn new skills and we get to drink their great coffee! Our Redemption Coffee is delivered to our restaurant door here in Muswell Hill every Monday so you can grab super fresh coffee to go with your breakfast, brunch or any time of the day.
Grab a seat in the morning sun at the front of Korto while you get ready for the day with a Korto breakfast. We also have a cosy, covered courtyard at the back of the restaurant (after all, Korto means ‘yard’ in Esperanto), for making the most of sunny Summer days and nights. It’s heated in the colder months too and is also available to book for private events. The Courtyard seats 16 guests or book it in conjunction with the Garden Room to seat 30.
VISITING ALLY PALLY?
We’ve got you covered. The fabulous Alexandra Palace is just a few minutes up the road, hosting a fantastic calendar of events, from the likes of comedian Jimmy Carr, SuperGrass to World Snooker and Darts. Alexandra Palace Theatre also recently opened, hosting names such as Ronnie Scotts and Michael Kiwanuka . Our dinner menu starts at 5:30pm pm, giving you plenty of time to pop in for a drink or a meal and get to your gig. We have free parking outside Korto and it’s just a short walk up the hill to Ally Pally.
So, if you’re visiting Alexandra Palace for a Gig, taking the kids to the large play park, boating on the lake, challenging yourself at Go Ape or just taking in the spectacular views across London, we can keep you fed and watered, whatever time of day.
BOOK A TABLE
We take bookings for tables of any size, at any time of day. We always keep a few tables for walk-in customers, but we do recommend booking, particularly if you want to visit us at a busy time or have more than four in your group.
Book a table by clicking below or call us on 020 8292 5841