Last month, in the 2019 update of our London’s best restaurants list, we named the Soho branch of Hoppers the third-best eatery in the whole of the city. ‘There’s nothing like Hoppers in London,’ we declared. ‘Sure, there’s good Sri Lankan food in certain pockets of the capital. But very few restaurants are exclusively Sri Lankan; the few exceptions are okay, rather than amazing. So the fact that Hoppers is outrageously good is even more impressive.’
So it’s with a smack of the lips and a rumble of the tummy that news of a new King’s Cross branch arrives. Set to land in Pancras Square in February 2020, the restaurant promises to deliver all the flavours that have made Hoppers such a must-try, but with a bigger bar, broader drinks menu and a new selection of bar bites and snacks.
Certain nibbles – including Black Pepper Curry Leaf Prawn Skewers, Quail Kari, and Sprat and Brinjal Pahe – will be exclusive to the new outpost, which will be collaborating with Camden Town Brewery and Salt Beer Factory near Bradford to produce two new beers.
Hoppers isn’t the only eatery to roll into King’s Cross of late, either. Oh-so-Grammable Italian favourite Lina Stores recently opened its newest branch in Coal Drops Yard, with Bao (by JKS Restaurants, the team behind Hoppers) set to make an entrance in the area at the start of 2020.
Following on from its Soho and St Christopher’s Place restaurants, the culinary maestro’s third outing has a lot to live up to. But we’ve no doubt its latest will hop right to the top of our to-eat list.
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