A colourful King's Cross venue with innovative food
A hypercoloured graffiti mural covering the top four floors of the building sounds warning bells. Is Karpo going be a style-over-content kind of joint? Thankfully, no – the food delivers innovative flavours, the staff are friendly, and the location is ideal for an easy-going dinner date or catching up with friends near King’s Cross. A small entrance opens up to the main restaurant, giving a wide view on to chefs working in the kitchen.
Dark decor and a quirky wall covered in plants keep the bohemian look going inside, but the focus is on the food. We started with cocktails in the railway-inspired basement bar, where you can also order nibbles such as soft-centered ham croquettes from the upstairs menu. From a seasonally-changing menu, mains are playful: roast venison came with an on-trend side serving of tender salt-baked celeriac, but it tried too hard with an overly-sweet chocolate garnish to the meat. Mac ’n’ cheese went retro, arriving in a hot cast-iron pan, and the mixed leaf salad had a tangy red wine vinegar dressing.
To finish, rhubarb fool was a tasty jive off traditional trifle, coming with a rich custardy cream served between layers of stewed rhubarb, pistachio nibs and a fine shortbread crumb.
The daily a la carte menu features a versatile mix of small and large plates, spread across a dynamically evolving, seasonal menu. Signature dishes include 32-day-aged rib-eye steak with Ozone Coffee crust, mango slaw and cassava chips, and gin-cured Loch Duart salmon with avocado and dill. Weekday set lunch menus run from noon until 3pm and offer the opportunity to sample favourite dishes from the daily menu for £12.95 for two courses.
The endeavour is to celebrate a small selection of British suppliers and match their efforts with the skill of the kitchen, set to the pulse of a Mediterranean palate.
Weekend brunch blends classic breakfast dishes with highlights from the daily menu and a social, communal atmosphere. Current favourites include homemade buttermilk pancakes with banana and salted caramel, and eggs royale with Loch Duart smoked salmon served with poached eggs, hollandaise and English muffins, all accompanied by coffee by local roasters Ozone.
Megaro Bar supplies the accompanying cocktails, alongside an innovative, diverse selection of wines, beers and spirits.
Karpo is part of the daring, honest hustle of King's Cross, welcoming the neighbourhood, the urban explorers and the food enthusiasts through its doors, each and every day.
23-27 Euston Road
|Opening hours:||Breakfast served 7-11am, lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Brunch served 8am-4pm Sat, Sun. Reduced menu served 3-5pm Mon-Fri; 4-5pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 5.30-9pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube/rail: King's Cross St Pancras|
|Price:||Main courses £15-£24. Set lunch £14 2 courses, £18 2 courses|
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Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
The restaurant was beautiful. The food was appalling. Save yourself a massive disappointment by avoiding this place like the plague. My soup was served with a poached duck egg that was raw. My mac and cheese was tiny and cold. My fig mille feuille did not have any fig on it. The pastry was wrong. The cream was wrong. We asked the waiter about the fig and he said it was in the cream. We confronted him and said there was no way that dessert had fig and he said he would give a round of drinks for the tables. Not a proper apology and a very arrogant attitude. Appalling. Just appalling. Got home and had to prepare myself a sandwich after paying £45 pounds each in an appalling meal!
Really wasn't impressed. The food was okay, though barely exists depending on what you choose. Desert took forever to arrive. To add insult to injury they decided they would add their own 20% service charge, hence the single star. Go elsewhere folks.
You know the type of place where you get a menu full of foreign words, pay 12 pounds, wait 15 minutes, and get a big plate with a little edible something in the middle? All this is true about Karpo, but before you dismiss it as another overrated, moderately posh spot, give the restaurant another look. Already the joyfully colourful mural decorating the building’s facade feels very inviting, and the leafy interior (complete with heated benches) even more so – not to mention the uber-friendly staff who will patiently explain to you the difference between béarnaise and remoulade. And if you’re embarrassed to ask, just pick anything from the ever-changing menu and you have my guarantee that it will taste divine.
My friends and I stumbled upon this place by accident and loved it!! We went to the downstairs cocktail/tapas bar and had some yummy food - try out the cheese, hummus and the ham croquettes - and they made me a alcohol free cocktail which wasn't even on the menu. Would highly recommend this place for some quiet food and drinks before heading out further or just for a sit down with friends. The coffee was great too and that is a rarity in London (coming from someone living in Australia). Verdict: Great chilled out atmosphere downstairs, yummy cocktails and good food
My wife, 6 month old and I decided to try out Karpo after reading reviews. The staff were very friendly. They brought a clean baby chair albeit a few raisins. The deco was very nice. The charcuterie plate was good but our mullet and braised rabbit was mediocre. Great eating environment but food ok.