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. 10-20 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 too.
They're viewed as being some of the best Spanish restaurants in London and this Barrafina is at the Coal Drops Yard area in King's Cross. All of the Barrafinas have a unique menu and this outpost has a unique menu with a particular focus on Catalan cooking. Otherwise, expect a no-reservation counter-dining-only restaurant with excellent Spanish small plates.
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 their second in London and one of the first on the revamped 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 remains one of the most popular in town.
Casa & Plaza Pastor is the Mexican restaurant from the Harts Group - the people behind El Pastor and Barrafina. This restaurant has Casa Pastor - the part that's most like El Pastor before it - serving up Mexican classics done well. And outside is Plasa 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 first restaurant to open at Coal Drops Yard. If you're at the bar, 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 outside space - on the first floor.
Dishoom is perennially popular in London, with its take on Bombay cafe culture responsible for long waits and queues at all their restaurants. This King's Cross restaurant is busy in the evening, but you can easily book for lunch. it's cavernous intrerior 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 around town, with their signature flat iron steaks being one of the best deals in town. This is their King's Cross location where they'll have 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 took over the prime space on the square from Grain Store. It's essentially one of the group's Ivy Cafe's under a different name, so expect a similar style to those - that's mid-range brasserie food 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 (and who you may also know from 2017’s Great British Menu) is the brains behind Hicce, a restaurant with wood-fired food that'll is brimming with British flavours via Norway and Japan. It takes prime position in Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross with an all-day restaurant (and a pretty handy bar too).
Taking over the space by the canal on Caledonian Road is this large Chinese restaurant with a menu full of authentic Chinese dishes. The menu is filled with dishes that you won't generally see in a neigbourhood Chinese restaurant, so head along to Kaki if you fancy something more authentic and challenging.
Roti King has established a huge reputation from a small restaurant in Euston. It's oft lauded as one of the best Malaysian restaurants in town and has attracted many to its subterranean location. Certainly expect some of the best rotis in town as well as great lentil curries and spicy noodles.
This unassuming restaurant at the King's Cross end of Caledonian Road is serving up some of the best Thai food in London - and at great prices too. The brightly coloured restaurant serves up excellent curries alongside Bangkok-style street food plates. And keep an eye on their specials too.
Part of the Hart Bros trio of places in King's Cross, 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, obvilously, one of the best in the area (and there's plenty of help on hand if you're struggling with your choice). The food to be produced from two induction hobs, and the team in the tiny kitchen are working wonders from them.
This is Marcus Wareing's outpost at King's Cross - a lavish bar and restaurant in the St Pancras Hotel. The classic architecture has been enhanced by David Collins designs and there's a menu that focuses on the best of British, reinvented. There's an excellent bar alongside, which is worth a visit even if you're not going to the restaurant.
This is a large three storey bar and restaurant from Cubitt House, taking pride of place on Granary Square, King's Cross, overlooking the canal. it's said to be one of the most popular places on the 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) is bringing his vision of a Spanish/Italian vermuteria to the Coal Drops Yard part of King's Cross. Expect plenty of vermouth and negronis aplenty.
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