In a nutshell: Sri Lankan in King's Cross
Summing it all up: Hoppers, the Sri Lankan and South Indian street food-influenced restaurant, is opening a third restaurant in London, following the success of its Soho and St Christopher’s Place outlets. Its Pancras Square venue in Kings Cross will be home to a menu exclusive to that site and the biggest bar of its venues.
Joining the likes of German Gymnasium, Vinoteca and Granger & Co, Hoppers is opening an outlet in Pancras Square, fast becoming a popular dining and cocktail hub near King’s Cross station. This will be Hoppers’ third restaurant following openings in Soho in 2015 then St Christopher’s Place in 2017.
If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of the Hoppers experience, you can read Hot Dinners’ test drive of the Soho restaurant here. Influenced by the street food of Sri Lanka and South India, Hoppers is one of several heavy-hitters backed by JKS Restaurants group, who are also responsible for the award-winning Lyle’s, Flor, Gymkhana, the BAO chain, Sabor, Kitchen Table, Bubbledogs and more.
Much like the first two Hoppers venues, the design of this restaurant revolves around a unique theme: the Sri Lankan coastal journey from capital Colombo to historical Dutch town Galle. So, expect Dutch influences in the interiors (created by Article Design Studio), such as cast-iron-framed glass lanterns in the main dining room, and even features from Bentota Railway Station and the Coat of Arms Bar at Galle’s Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel. You’ll also dine amid exclusively woven hand-loom fabric panels from Sri Lanka’s only Fair-Trade guaranteed weaving company Selyn.
And if you’re already a Hoppers regular, you won’t want to miss this because the Kings Cross menu has some specials only available here:
- Negombo Crab Kari
- Jaffna Isso Vade
- Black Pepper Curry Leaf Prawn Skewers
- Quail Kari
- Sprat and Brinjal Pahe
There’s more good news on the drinks front. Hoppers Kings Cross has the largest bar of its three sites (including beers on tap and ‘tap cocktails’), which might be a fine place to kill some time over swizzles, punches, coolers and IPAs if there’s delays at the station. Among the list you’ll find:
- Hoppers SPL (Sri Lankan Pale Lager), a collab with Camden Town Brewery
- Toddy Ale, a collab with SALT Beer Factory in Bradford
- Nitro Frothy Kappi: a spiced nitro cold brew espresso martini made with Sri Lankan coffee
- Arrack Attack No 3: house-fermented ginger beer with Ceylon Arrack and lime
That's not all from JKS in St Pancras though - a new Bao is on the way too.
More about Hoppers King's Cross
Where is it? Pancras Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4AG
When does it open? February 2020
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