Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London King’s Cross
Hardens guides have spent 25 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 perfect alternative to a trip to Spain!” – in fact “the food is better than in Barcelona” in the branches of the Hart Bros’ small chain, which pays homage to that city’s Cal Pep with its small (no more than 30 covers) bars in Soho and Covent Garden (and – arriving in autumn 2018, in the trendy new Coal Drops Yard development in King’s Cross, alongside a covered and heated terrace separately branded as ‘Parrillan’). Confidently ‘surfing the Zeitgeist’ – no other individual restaurant, never mind group, has ever achieved such an outstanding and consistent level of support in the survey, over many years. There’s “no booking and no fuss” – “you often have to queue” (though drinks and nibbles help enliven the experience) and seating is “counter-stye” at the bar (“which works less well for any kind of group, but for couples is ideal”). With its “bold Spanish flavours” the tapas selection is “arguably some of London’s best food at any price, and remarkable value” (while by the same token “watching the chefs at work is brilliant” – “there’s nothing theatrical, but it’s mesmerising seeing experts so engrossed in their stations”). “The wine list is short, punchy and perfectly complements the food”, “staff seem to be having as good a time as the clientele” and the overall effect is properly “effervescent”. Top Tip: “always go for the daily blackboard specials, especially the fish”, which is “cooked to a tee and beautifully seasoned”.
2. Five Guys King’s Cross Burgers, etc restaurant in King’s Cross 287-297 Pentonville Road - N1
“Elevating the fast food experience” – this fast-growing US-based chain provides “a better class of quick burger” (with a good variety of toppings), plus “fries that are so savoury, and so-tasty milkshakes almost too thick to suck through a straw!” (“just don’t watch the calories…”). On the downside, “the ambience leaves a lot to be desired: it feels like a less glamorous McDonalds!”
3. Casa Pastór & Plaza Pastór Mexican/TexMex restaurant in King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard - N1C
A larger sister restaurant to the Hart Bros’ Borough Market taqueria El Pastór arrives, complete with large outside heated terrace (to be known separately as Plaza Pastór), at new canal-side retail development Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross in October 2018.
4. The Drop British, Modern restaurant in King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard - N1C
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).
5. Coal Office Mediterranean restaurant in King’s Cross 2 Bagley Walk - N1C
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.
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