Vinoteca

Bars and pubs, Wine bars King's Cross
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Vinoteca
Guy Dimond
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The fifth (and largest) branch of this successful wine-bar group; the best place to drink wine in King’s Cross, with the bonus of outdoor tables.

Vinoteca started out as a humble but simply knockout little wine bar in Clerkenwell. It got the right balance between emphasis on food or wine by doing both well. With a broad yet well-chosen selection by the glass, it allowed you to stray beyond the familiar, and explore interesting grape varieties, wine regions and producers at a fair price. After trying a glass of wine, you could buy a bottle to take home.

That was ten years ago. Since then the company has expanded and has just opened this huge fifth site, in King’s Cross, occupying much of the ground floor of a newly built office block.

Good and affordable wines by the glass are still the main draw; bargain-hunters will particularly like the handful that are ‘fresh from keg & box’. Our Spanish box red at a mere £3.70 (125ml) was perfectly potable, but we particularly liked the chilled French red (a Chinon costing £4.60), and an Italian white (Friuli, £5.40) with its slight almond scent.

On one of the sunniest and therefore busiest days of the summer so far, the outside terrace was rammed with people, yet service was on the ball. We were intercepted as soon as we crossed the threshold and steered to vacant seats before we’d broken stride.

The terrace overlooks a pedestrianised border of King’s Boulevard, the walkway leading from the Regent’s Canal to King’s Cross St Pancras station. The only traffic is the occasional Brompton-riding commuter heading to the station. Life feels pretty good sitting out on the terrace nibbling some charcuterie, a British cheese platter, or maybe a summery fish or vegetable course costing around the £10 to £15 mark.

By: Guy Dimond

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Venue name: Vinoteca
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Address: 3 King’s Boulevard
London
N1C 4BU
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm; Sat, Sun 10am-11pm
Transport: King's Cross St Pancras tube and rail
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Anna E
Tastemakertastemaker

Lovely seasonal food menu with matched wine options. Located close to kings cross with a open and smart interior. The staff were lovely but it seemed short staffed and were not very attentive. Left waiting with dirty plates quite often and had to ask to pay the bill twice. And considering the bill was a lot of money would have thought they would want our money. Saying that the food was exceptional quality and the wine (as you would except) top notch

Sara A
tastemaker

Vinoteca is a warm, spacious but busy venue conveniently close to Kings Cross station. For a wine amateur like me, the extensive wine list could seem a little daunting. However, they have cleverly suggested wines that would go well with each meal on the menu so you don’t need to worry about making a wine faux par in front of your guests.


Not eating food? No problem. Our waiter showed us the taster specials on offer that evening. You get three small glasses of wine to try in ascending order based on how full-bodied the wines are. I thought this was a great idea and all three (one white, two red) were delicious. You could quite happily sit here and have some cheese or even just nibbles with a few glasses of wine.


However, it would be a mistake not to try the food. The small but perfectly formed food menu offers unique choices to impress. I have to confess I did need to look up some of the ingredients which were completely alien to me but that’s all part of the fun. It was a tough choice but I opted for the venison with soft dumpling and flower sprouts. A small portion but so delicious that with every mouthful I couldn’t help but comment on how good it was. The desert options were equally interesting and I went for a really tasty cardamom crème brulee.

Leah P
tastemaker

Lovely atmosphere and staff... also the wine that goes with each dish to recommended on the menu 👌🏼 The only downside was the the chared cabbage under the buck (fish) was inedible. I mentioned it to the waiter who advised that this is how it's meant to be.... They kindly took one of our side orders off the bill. ✌🏻 4 stars for this place otherwise as everything else was superb, would go again 🙌🏻

Kevin
tastemaker

Lovely place for a wine drinker. The atmosphere inside surprisingly felt more relaxed than its decor suggests. Love the variety of food available, with various bar snacks, starters, and more substantial meals. Great for meeting up with friends when not necessarily after a full meal. we had a couple of snacks/starters, and were pleased with all the choices. Would definitely return to try more of the menu and wine.

TheMixedMedic
Tastemaker

A gorgeous candle-lit wine bar and the perfect spot for catching up with friends from out of town. They also serve some great food and I would highly recommend the tender venison with figs and parsnips. 

Even if you are doing a sober october, don't let the name put you off - they also have 0% ABV versions of the house red and white wines which I personally found nicer than the real thing!

Lizzie W
Tastemaker

Came here on a Friday night for a quick meal before heading off to meet some friends. A friend and I both opted for their deal of the month - bavette, chips and a glass of wine for £15.

Now if this is your offer you should know tonnes of people will order it so therefore should have good quality steak but afraid to say both the steaks we had were far too chewy (this shouldn't be the case just because it is cheap otherwise it isn't a deal...). The steak was cooked well and charred nicely on the outside but the chewy bits let it down.
I booked and we turned up a few minutes early. No problem as we were seated straight away however the service to order food and drinks was soooo slow, as was the time it took to bring the steaks (especially as they had informed me that WE had to be out for a certain time for the next booking). The chips that came with the steak were very good - they looked a bit pale and when I saw them my heart sank but they were actually very well seasoned and cooked. Along with this we got some fresh watercress and some homemade horseradish which was also very good. 
Unfortunately the sides to the meal were the best bit and the "deal" wasn't really a deal. The rest of their menu does look really good but I don't think I will be coming back for food in a hurry.... On the other hand their wine selection looks awesome so will be back for that!

Ruth J
Tastemaker

Located right beside Kings Cross station, Vinoteca is a perfect mix of great food and affordable good wine. The restaurant itself has a beautiful interior and the outside area is very pleasant to. Great place to have a dinner and catch up with friends and the staff are extremely pleasant and helpful. Overall a very enjoyable experience that didn't break the bank!

Genie
Tastemaker

With this just a hop skip and a jump way from the office, it was inevitable that this would get a visit... or two. The lunch menu is pretty good value, an interesting take on bruschetta with a mackerel followed by a minute steak covered in chumi churri... Wine though is these guy's main feature which frankly, is ok by me... They ring the changes with different by the glass menus so don't expect the same wine to be available week on week but the guys are willing to help with your choices and relish in your delight if they get it right!


These guys have got the good things right. When I've had a bigger meal - I'll let you know :D

Kishma S
Tastemaker

I'd never heard of Vinoteca before Saturday but I needed somewhere for dinner and they serve dinner.

Vinoteca looks good and has food to match. We shared an average patè outside in the courtyard which was spacious and comfortable.

Our main courses were lamb and hake which were both very good although not remarkable. The accompanying bottle of prosecco was one of the best I've had.

Although the food was good I do think that £45 a head was a bit much for what we had but I may return for the prosecco.