RestaurantsLondonKing's CrossN1

survey result

Summary

£72
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“What a fantastic building!”. This D&D London bar/restaurant occupies a “huge” and “interesting” former Victorian gym – “handily located, slap bang next to King’s Cross” – and despite a tendency to feel “cavernous” and to become very “loud” (“you can feel a bit like you’re eating in an aircraft hanger”) provides a “stunning” location. Its intriguing focus on German cuisine, and wines in particular, does win it gastronomic recommendations, but all too often the “stodgy” food “is really nothing special”. Even so, as a watering hole, a business rendezvous, or brunch spot, it has a big following.

Summary

£72
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“What a fantastic building!”. This D&D London bar/restaurant occupies a “huge” and “interesting” former Victorian gym – “handily located, slap bang next to King’s Cross” – and despite a tendency to feel “cavernous” and to become very “loud” (“you can feel a bit like you’re eating in an aircraft hanger”) provides a “stunning” location. Its intriguing focus on German cuisine, and wines in particular, does win it gastronomic recommendations, but all too often the “stodgy” food “is really nothing special”. Even so, as a watering hole, a business rendezvous, or brunch spot, it has a big following.

Summary

£72
  £££
2
Average
1
Poor
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The location is stunning (albeit loud when it fills with customers)”, but – when evaluating this D&D London operation, housed within a “fantastic 1860s building in King’s Cross” – there are just “too many missed opportunities in this grand space”. “Because of the sheer size of the place (probably) the service is dreadful, which detracts from the experience”, and when it comes to the “not-strictly-German cuisine” then “prices feel way too high” for an offering that’s too “uninspired”. As a business venue it has its fans, though, and also for the “great brunch menu with free-flowing bubbles”. And “the bar’s very good” too.

Summary

£72
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“What a stunner!” A former Victorian gymnasium right next to King’s Cross station was converted two years ago into this “impressive and unique” D&D London venue, and, especially given its unusual Teutonic formula, it has all the elements for a smash hit… except the execution: too often the “solid German fare” feels “average and significantly overpriced”, which – not helped by “slow” service – can create “a let-down given all the hype”. Still, there’s always solace in the “joy” of a wine list – being focused on Germany and Austria “forces you to veer away from the standard and what discoveries that brings”.

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German Gymnasium Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of German Gymnasium Restaurant in N1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of German Gymnasium restaurant.
John S
We ate here on the terrace, during the firs...
Reviewed 4 months, 21 days ago

"We ate here on the terrace, during the first stage of the Great Release, on a warm, dry and sunny day. That may have caused me to over-rate the quality of the cooking, as this trip was more OK than great. To begin, the Black Forest ham was outstanding, as was the excellent bread in the supplied basket. My wife’s Wiener schnitzel was decent enough but nothing really special. I made the mistake of ordering one of my favourite “street foods” – currywurst – and was disappointed. OK they had “tarted it up a little” and it came with what was described as “triple-cooked chips” which were potato “logs” that struggled to convince me they had been cooked well once – never mind three times. On top was something by the name of “house sauce” which looked like the ubiquitous “special sauce” that a corporate burger behemoth puts in one of its burgers – only not as good. For dessert, the apple strudel and vanilla sauce was good but the Black Forest gateau that had wooed my wife on our first visit, proved to be rather dry and tasteless. All the wine and cocktails we had were OK apart from an anaemic Brandy Alexander. No creaminess, lots of foam and little actual brandy taste. Very disappointing. Service was prompt, friendly and efficient and the overall ambience was pretty good. While the overall cost was good and quality acceptable – we won’t be rushing back."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £25.00 £30.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£12.50 £14.50 £4.50 £7.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
1 King's Boulevard, London, N1C 4BU
Opening hours
Monday10 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday10 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday10 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday10 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday10 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday10 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday10 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm

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