Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London King’s Cross
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best King’s Cross restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 3 restaurants in King’s Cross and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing King’s Cross restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Barrafina Spanish restaurant in King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard - N1C
“The tapas is perfection and the equal of Cal Pep in Barcelona” at the Hart Bros’ “vibrant” chain of small (typically 30 covers) no-bookings bars, which its vast fanclub acclaim as “the best tapas in London or in the UK or perhaps even in Europe north of the Pyrenees!”, with “delicious, ultra-fresh seafood” a particular highlight. The preparation at the counter is “still a great piece of theatre” and – buoyed by its “exceptional, friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff” – helps create a feelgood experience. The queue used to be part of the ritual, although the ability to book is one silver lining of Covid-19. The Pandemic has also led to the reformatting of the Drury Lane branch as ‘Barrafina Mariscos’ with a seafood menu and waiter service.
2. Coal Office Mediterranean restaurant in King’s Cross 2 Bagley Walk - N1C
“Shame it’s impossible to get a table”, at Assaf Granit’s “happening” (“loud and busy”) Israeli yearling – “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”.
3. Casa Pastór & Plaza Pastór Mexican/TexMex restaurant in King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard - N1C
“Decent Mexican food finally arrives in the ’hood” – the Hart Bros’ Latino yearling in the new Coal Drops Yard development mixes “a bit of party atmosphere” with the “authentic” flavours of Central America (“the frijoles charros give me that beany homey hit that has finally filled the void left when I moved to London from San Francisco!”). Top Tip “great kids menu with DIY tacos”.
4. The Drop British, Modern restaurant in King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard - N1C
2019 Review: A new wine bar (with outside terrace) from the Hart Bros arrives in October 2018 at canalside retail development Coal Drops Yard (a converted Victorian coal store near King’s Cross).
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