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“Shame it’s impossible to get a table”, at Assaf Granit’s “happening” (“loud and busy”) Israeli newcomer – “possibly now the best restaurant in the new King’s Cross quarter”, and one of the smash hits of the year. With its “amazing location” – a “very cool”, Victorian ex-industrial building, with “funky Tom Dixon decor” (“his designer stuff strewn everywhere”) and an “enticing terrace” – it has “an easy casual vibe”, boosted by “such happy service”. For newbies, “the menu takes a little explanation” and delivers “zingy, appetising, rich” small plates which amaze many diners, although they can also seem “to be trying too hard” and “portions aren’t massive”. Top Tip – “the bread is outstanding”.
Assaf Granit, chef and co-owner of The Palomar and The Barbary, is behind this early autumn 2018 Mediterranean/Middle Eastern-inspired opening in a big, Victorian, ex-industrial brick pile by the canal in King’s Cross: a 160-cover space split over three floors, with a rooftop terrace and al fresco dining area, complete with panoramic views over Granary Square. Designer Tom Dixon, whose practice is nearby, is also involved creating, for example, tableware which is for sale.
Coal Office Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Excellent food, marred by too loud music "
"Very buzzy, food delicious. A bit expensive."
"From the first little amuse bouche, the flavours jump out. My kebab was served with a separate small but brilliant selection of additional flavourings. Just great on all counts and the rice pudding with sour cream ice cream and mango chutney = perfection. Lunch time on thursday still buzzy and busy."
"Small plates are indeed small so we ended up paying the equivalent of a usual restaurant bill although we had a modest amount. Having said that we food we fabulous. Only one small quibble that the waiter gabbled through the explanations so I did not catch what he aid. Booking essential unless you want to go in the middle of the afternoon."
"Great discovery with a limited menu and some outstanding dishes. Polenta to die for and aubergine never tasted like this before. Small portions so you need to order a few (which changes the price profile) but we felt the quality made the value. Sitting in a long corridor with the kitchen on one side is lively; not idea for a romantic evening as it is distracting. But for others, fine First courses are essentially breads as we only found out later; puds are OK but not up to the standard of the small plates. We ignored the mains as they looked conventional - may try next time. Service is mixed - loads of staff - the kitchen layout is inefficient. The waiters are erratic , mainly failing to explain the menu adequately and then delivering the food with minimal explanation. The amuse bouch was pumpkin and.... but it was amazing."
"Another on-trend middle eastern-ish place. Food was great and it's a loud, busy place with Tom Dixon stuff strewn everywhere. I liked it, but you have to be in the mood."
"Riding the Middle Eastern influenced wave, superb venue and feels generally right on trend - but is it just trying a bit too hard to be original as well. It was good but not great - back to Honey & Co."
"Great views from window tables and from terrace outside. The breads are outstanding! There is a good range of dishes - small medium and large plates, all good for sharing but the choice available for vegetarians is poor"
|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
2 Bagley Walk, London, N1C 4PQ
|Monday||12 pm-3:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-3:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-3:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-3:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-3:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Saturday||5:30 pm-11 pm|
|Sunday||5:30 pm-11 pm|