RestaurantsLondonKing's CrossN1

survey result

Summary

£76
 ££££
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It occupies an amazing, high-ceilinged space” (built in 1865 for the German Gymnastics Society – and venue for London’s first indoor Olympic games), but “it’s a shame other aspects of the offering are so weak” at this D&D London property, immediately behind King’s Cross station. Fans do claim “all German food boxes are firmly ticked, with tasty and well-presented schnitzel and weißwurst”, but even they admit “the building is the star of the show”. And far too many reporters “expected much better than the very poor quality for the prices” – which are “on the high side”“terrible service that doesn’t seem to care” and cuisine that’s somewhere between “pretty standard” and “below average”. Top Menu Tip – breakfast with “pretzel to die for” is its most recommended feature.

Summary

£70
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2
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3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The impressive building is the best part of the experience” at this D&D London operation, whose location – a Victorian former gym, immediately behind King’s Cross station, could not make it handier as a rendezvous. Having opened in quite a promising vein in 2015, its ratings in recent times have started to match the “style-over-substance” performance too often discerned in the group’s approach. Custom isn’t a problem – it can be “so busy (and excessively noisy”). But service can be “perfunctory” (“they seem to think they do not have to try or otherwise expend any effort to retain customer loyalty”) and although some fans do feel its “easygoing” menu of sausages, schnitzels, burgers and other brasserie fare are “great for your German food fix”, too many find it “limited, unexciting and overpriced”. Top Tips – most often recommended for business and/or breakfast.

Summary

£69
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A truly lovely building”, this huge Victorian former gym from D&D London has “a great buzz” and a “really handy” location, immediately behind King’s Cross station. It’s generally regarded as “great fun”, but although some reporters take a shine to the “delicious schnitzels”, most rate the German-themed cooking “unimaginative” – no more than “decent fuel”, “which rather lets down an intriguing wine list”.

Summary

£72
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* 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.

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1 King's Boulevard, London, N1C 4BU

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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.
Phil B
Beautiful venue, German breakfast menu good...
Reviewed 2 months, 10 days ago

"Beautiful venue, German breakfast menu good."

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Daniel L
An amazing space but food a bit meh...
Reviewed 3 months, 4 days ago

"An amazing space but food a bit meh"

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Wendy F
Travelled into St Pancras on a Sunday eveni...
Reviewed 4 months, 14 days ago

"Travelled into St Pancras on a Sunday evening and enjoyed an impromptu bite in the Grand Cafe part. Server looked very fed up, no chance of a smile though he still did his job."

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M C
Interesting menu and good service ...
Reviewed 5 months, 5 days ago

"Interesting menu and good service "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £30.00 £35.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£12.50 £27.50 £8.00 £0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £33.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 13.50%
1 King's Boulevard, London, N1C 4BU
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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