King's Cross is a great example of an area of London that's gone through some extreme change to get where it is today. 20 years ago it was very dodgy indeed, but nowadays - partly thanks to some great station restoration work - it's become a destination in itself. And with Granary Square and Coal Drops Yard just minutes walk from the station it's really become an excellent dining destination.
This all-day restaurant is right next to the Aga Khan Centre in King's Cross and is the latest Levantine restaurant from the same group as the London Bridge outpost. Here they promise very special hummus, fresh day boat fish, halal steaks and more.
Barrafina are viewed as being some of the best Spanish restaurants in London and this is no exception. Each restaurant has a unique menu and the King's Cross outpost has a particular focus on Catalan cooking. It's primarily counter dining, but they also have an alfresco-only grill restaurant, Parrillan, just outside.
The BAO team continue their success across London with this King's Cross opening. You'll find their signature bao buns (with a few exclusive to this location) alongside inventive Taiwanese dishes. And, as this location is part bakery, there are some very special BAO bakery goods on offer which are also available to take away.
This alfresco space is by Two Tribes and is based just outside their King's Cross brewery. Much of it is under permanent cover (along with heaters for the colder months) and it's backed up by impressive BBQ action by From The Ashes.
The original opened up in Exmouth Market to great reviews and they haven't looked back since. Now in multiple locations across town, this was Caravan's second opening, and one of the first places to open on Granary Square. Coffee remains a big thing, supplied by their nearby roastery. Food-wise, they serve what they call a "food well-travelled" menu all-day and their brunch is one of the most popular in town.
Casa & Plaza Pastor is a Mexican restaurant of two parts from the Harts Group - the people behind El Pastor in Borough. Casa Pastor serves up Mexican classics while the outside area is Plaza Pastor, which has a line in sandwiches and rotisserie chicken (and is, obviously, heated in the winter).
With eyepopping interiors by Tom Dixon and food by Palomar chef and restaurateur Assaf Granit, this was the first restaurant to open at Coal Drops Yard. If you're up at the counter, it's a scene quite familiar from The Palomar - Jerusalem-inspired food served up by a lively kitchen. They also have a handy bar and plenty of alfresco space.
This is The Standard's flagship restaurant at the top of the high-rise hotel in King's Cross. It's run by Peter Sanchez-Iglesias who has two Michelin-starred restaurants in Bristol and features food that's inspired by Mexico and Spain. The views are pretty good too.
This King's Cross restaurant is run by a dim sum chef with more than 30 years in the business and specialises in - you guessed it - hand-made dim sum alongside roasted duck with a really good variety of dumplings on offer.
Dishoom is ALWAYS packed. Its take on Bombay cafe culture ensures long waits and queues at all their restaurants. This King's Cross restaurant is busy in the evening and for weekend brunch, but you can easily book for lunch. Its cavernous interior also makes it one of the largest in the group. But once settled down inside, you'll see why people keep coming back for its excellent Indian small plates.
Flat Iron have an avid following amongst Londoners, with their signature flat iron steaks being one of the best deals in town. This is their King's Cross location where they serve up the usual flat-iron steaks as well as some special cuts. And all for a much cheaper price than you'd normally pay at a steakhouse.
The D&D restaurant group took over a site that used to be the first ever gym in London - a huge imposing building just outside St Pancras. They've replaced that gym with what is pretty much the opposite, a huge restaurant and bar space. Expect plenty of German food and booze on the menu - brasserie-style downstairs and more of a fine-dining approach upstairs.
Granary Square Brasserie is Caprice Holdings big King's Cross space. Food-wise, think of this as similar to one of their Ivy Cafes - so mid-range brasserie dishes in an opulent setting.
This restaurant comes from the team behind Spiritland - and this is their second King's Cross venue. For food, there's a ground level pizza restaurant and downstairs is the basement late-night licence cocktail bar.
Pip Lacey, the former head chef at Murano is the brains behind Hicce, a restaurant with wood-fired food that's brimming with British flavours via Norway and Japan. You'll find this all-day restaurant on the top floor of Wolf + Badger at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross with a pretty handy bar and terrace space.
This is London's third Hoppers, the Sri Lankan and South Indian street food-influenced restaurant from the people behind Gymkhana. Its Pancras Square venue in Kings Cross is home to a menu exclusive to that site and has the biggest bar of its venues.
This canalside restaurant on Caledonian Road has a menu full of authentic Chinese dishes that you don't see all that much of outside of Chinatown. Particularly good for groups.
Amazingly popular vegetarian restaurant, serving up all manner of veggie and vegan dishes. Their burgers are very well regarded and the weekend brunch with scrambled tofu and aubergine bacon, among others, is a big hit.
Pizza Union serve up superfast pizzas in King's Cross - thin Roman pizzas that, thanks to their huge oven, are ready in minutes. It's a perfect combo of good food that's great value too.
Roti King has established a huge reputation from a small restaurant in Euston. It's regularly lauded as being one of the best Malaysian restaurants in town and has attracted many to its subterranean location. Certainly expect some of London's best rotis as well as great lentil curries and spicy noodles.
This King's Place restaurant is in a super setting with a massive terrace opening on to the canal. The menu is modern British and you'll find all the meat here sourced from the restaurant's own farm in Northumberland.
James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy followed up Pidgin with a more casual restaurant in King's Cross. It's all about the sandwich here with some genuinely inventive options to choose from.
This brightly coloured, unassuming restaurant at the King's Cross end of Caledonian Road serves up some of the best Thai food in London - and at great prices. Try some of their excellent curries alongside Bangkok-style street food plates. And keep an eye on their specials too.
Part of the Hart Bros empire in Coal Drops Yard, this is the group's first wine bar. It really makes good use of the old coal storage area to evoke the feeling of a wine cellar and the wine list is, obviously, one of the best in the area (and there's plenty of help on hand if you're struggling with your choice). The food comes via two induction hobs, and the team in the tiny kitchen are working wonders from them.
A large three storey bar and restaurant from the Cubitt House group, this has a super location, overlooking the canal. It's said to be one of the most popular places on Granary Square at any time of the year - but it really comes into its own in summer with extensive outside space.
Respected restaurateur and chef Anthony Demetre (of Wild Honey) has brought his vision of a Spanish/Italian vermuteria to the Coal Drops Yard part of King's Cross. As the name suggests, there are plenty of vermouth and negronis on hte drinks list along with a tapas-style menu focusing on seasonal produce.
Wine is what it's all about at Vinoteca and whether you're buying to take away or sitting in with friends, there's loads to choose from. The food's good too - with each of the group's bars having its own distinct menu.
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