D&D London has finally opened its Mittel-European-style Grand Café and bar, the German Gymnasium – a long-anticipated renovation of a former Grade II listed gymnasium in King’s Cross. Designed by London-born architect Edward Gruning in 1865, this was the first purpose-built gym in England and hosted the inaugural indoor events of the 1866 Olympic Games.
150 years later, this historical establishment has re-opened with a brand new 447-cover complex comprising a ground floor grand café, an outdoor terrace, restaurant, bars and private dining spaces.
Original features, like climbing hooks, remain in place while the open pass gives diners a view of the grand main kitchen, completely rendered in black, above which sits a separate kitchen serving the upper dining area.
German-born exec chef, Bjoern Wassmuth, formerly kitchen director at Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg, has created broad-ranging grand café and brasserie menus featuring some classic Mittel-European dishes. On the menu: Beef goulash soup with bell peppers, sour cream and paprika and pickled Bismarck herring with onion, apple and Vollkornbrot. NÃ¼rnberger Rostbratwurst or smoked Schinkenknacker German sausages, served with sauerkraut and potato purée or pommes frites; and sharing dishes such as roasted Creedy Carver free range duck from Devon served with braised red cabbage, dumplings and orange sauce.
The bar includes a multi-sensory cocktail concept, Le Whaf – a special carafe that vaporises cocktails turning them into low-calorie clouds. Sounds like high maintenance poser drinking taken to a whole other level – we’ll stick to imbibing our cocktails rather than inhaling them, thanks.