Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London King’s Cross
Hardens guides have spent 29 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. “Don’t be put off by the queuing – it’s part of the fun: sipping on Cava and nibbling on Jamon as you snake your way to the front of the line!”. This year, the group added a “slick outfit in the new Coal Drops Yard development” – “it lacks a bit of the charm and vibe of those in Soho and Covent Garden, but the edibles are still very edible!”
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 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”.
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 newcomer 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. Five Guys King’s Cross Burgers, etc restaurant in King’s Cross 287-297 Pentonville Road - N1
“When all you want is an old-school burger”, these US-based arrivals of recent years really “hit the spot” – you can “build your own”, with “tons of accessories”; plus “seriously addictive fries”, “thick milkshakes”, and “more soda flavours than is reasonable”. “The eat-in experience is as depressing as McDonald’s”, though, in fact perhaps more so – “some branches have a strangely gloomy ambience” – but fans feel that “if you don’t mind 1980s-rock, a trip can still be surprisingly fun”.
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