Rotunda Bar & Restaurant

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It’s a treat to duck out of the grime and chaos of King’s Cross and into this curvaceous canal-side venue. If weather permits, the riverside patio is great for sipping white wine and watching the ducks and barges cruise past; inside is more problematic. The decor is somewhat incongruous, as if, faced with all the curving space and the wall-to-wall windows, the architects just chucked about some dark wood and navy material and fled. Fortunately, the food is more successful: asparagus in season, with a pleasingly tart hollandaise; avocado and tomatoes that actually give your taste buds employment in a bacon salad starter. Main courses were variable. The Northumberland beef is apparently hung for 35 days, but our steak was distinctly chewy. The lamb was much better – soft and succulent. But though hand-cut twice-cooked chips looked hefty and expertly fried, they tasted unpleasant. In recompense, Rotunda’s wine list is terrific: an immense range, with interesting choices across the price points. Beware if you indulge too freely, however: the toilets are miles away, and pretty much devoid of signage.

Venue name: Rotunda Bar & Restaurant
Contact:
Address: Kings Place, 90 York Way
London
N1 9AG
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm daily. Dinner served 5-11pm Mon-Sat; 5-9pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: King's Cross tube/rail
Price: Main courses £10-£21.95.

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

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London Foodie Mama

With time to kill whilst waiting for the Eurostar around Kings Cross, what better place to go for a Sunday roast than Rotunda. Set overlooking Regent’s canal, the nautical themed decor blends in well. The surrounding full glass windows make the venue feel bright and airy. Rotunda is a really smart venue (with reports that David Milliband celebrated his 50th birthday here), however they cater for the little ones really well with a special kids menu, colouring books and high chairs. Lots of families were here to enjoy a family roast, which was excellently executed  (so often in London, you pay up to £20 for a lack lustre roast).  Priced at around £16, I would say it was well worth it, just for the yorkshire puddings alone. The venue is spacious and kids will have plenty to look at with the passing barges outside on the canal. https://londonfoodiemama.wordpress.com/

Elly

We held our work Summer Party here yesterday evening and it was an absolutely fabulous event. The staff were endlessly helpful and friendly both in the run up to the event and on the actual evening. The area that they reserved for us was great with both indoor and outdoor space and plenty of it. We went for the Street Food Market and the food was delicious!! Very praised by all our guests and everyone had a good fill whilst being able to choose what they had from the different options. It was a great way to feed 68 people in an informal manner. We had our own private bar so no queuing at the busy main bar which all helped to add to the easy flow of the evening. We had lots of fun playing the table football and jenga that Routunda put out for us, another nice touch. I would highly recommend this bar to people looking to hold any event, whether that be a work party or a wedding reception!

Maria Louka

We went with Korean guests and it was a huge embarrassment for us! The menu was very basic, the table for five far too small, we had to ask for water several times befaure they actually bring it. After we finished with the starters we had to wait at least thirty minutes for the main courses without any excuse or feedback. After we complained they offered us deserts which were a disaster and at the end the bill was FAR too expensive for such poor quality of service, food and ambiance.

CheeryLondonDiner

Always interesting how ones expectations set you up for an evening. My guests booked at this place so I wasn't clued up before I arrived but, perhaps due to not knowing about this place at all, was amazed that I hadn't heard of such a fine restaurant that had been on my doorstep all along. Great food from a farm they own. The two-person beef cuts were amazingly succulent and the service was friendly but formal. Thoroughly good evening. I shall be returning soon.

Andrew Muir

I'm sorry the other reviewers didn't enjoy this but after my experience I really want to go back. My friend had octopus salad and fine, tender beef, and I had Really good mushroom veloute to start and Shepherd's Pie - all four dishes prepared well and served quickly, unobtrusively and with great charm. For my taste, the veloute could have improved only by being slightly smaller. Other than that, really, neither of us could fault the food. It's good value for London, too. The setting, on a warm spring evening next to the Regents Canal... what's not to like? Really sorry other reviewers didn't like it - but it'll be easier for me to get another table I guess...

cpm1980uk

What can I say, this is my first one star review. My partner and myself walked past this place a couple of weeks before we went and said to each other that looks like a really nice place. It's true it dose look like a really nice place and when you walk in you think wow. A very nice location overlooking the cannel and to be honest the food was amazing. Five stars to the chefs, but that's where the pleasantries end. When we walked in not a single staff member greeted us and we stood waiting for some time. After a staff member had seen us waiting we asked for a table for two and after some time we were seated. We were offered water and then our menus were brought to us. Our order was taken and our meals came out very quickly. At no point during the meal were we approached to ask if we were happy with our meals, or even asked if we would like a drink, after we had finished our meals it took them almost 15 minutes to clear our table and we still weren't asked how our meals were or even asked if we would like to see the dessert menu. We did feel like dessert and a coffee after our meal but by the time someone came over with dessert menus we were well and truly over the customer service and just wanted to leave. The staff member who took my payment just stood there in silence as the transaction cleared then handed me the receipt and walked away. Never in a dinning experience have a ever been made to feel so uncomfortable, it really did feel like they didn't want us there. The lack in customer service was such a disappointment because the two of us both really enjoyed our meals. I would recommended giving this place a miss