Time Out says
A new restaurant in a huge listed building near King's Cross.
Anyone who’s seen ‘Restoration Home’ knows that turning a listed building into something useful is tricky. At German Gymnasium, a mid-Victorian pile between King’s Cross and St Pancras stations, the challenge was massive. The gym is huge in floor-space and very tall. Keeping the memorable features (and keeping English Heritage happy) was never going to be easy.
D&D, the new owners, have nailed it. There are three separate spaces, all lovely and all massive: ground-floor café, restaurant upstairs, and the bar. (Total covers: over 400.) But they have managed to keep noise levels down even when the space is pretty packed. We could hardly believe our ears when we discovered we could converse without shouting.
The restaurant has more formal food, and prices to go with it: you’ll probably drop at least £75 for two before drinks and service. Friends have said it cost too much, despite the attractions of a schnitzel 'the size of a single duvet', and was marred by a demographically inappropriate DJ. So much for easy-going noise levels.
Their report confirmed our suspicion that this is best as a daytime place. We ate lunch in the café, and were thrilled by nearly every dish. Two traditional soups, tangy goulash and beef broth with liver dumplings, were generous in portion. Three sandwiches were fabulous, especially open-face herring and apple and brown shrimp with marie rose sauce – sophisticated comfort food.
The downside: portion size. Though the soups were generous, the sandwiches were small – and prices ranged from £9 to £11.50. True satisfaction will cost something like £20 for food only. Cheap eats it ain't.
There were also problems with staff training: we waited several times while they chatted to each other. A good twenty minutes after ordering a (delicious) strudel for dessert, it became obvious that they had simply forgotten about it. That problem was fixed easily when they knocked it off the bill; the larger service problems can be solved with staff training, which D&D are more than capable of providing. A trickier snag is the staff dress code. Men in grey suits looked corporate, while women wore teensy, ‘60s-style skirts that at times threatened their modesty.
Despite the downers, we are pumped for this gymnasium. It’s got the look, and it’s got substance. Going to the gym just got a lot more fun.
26 Pancras Rd
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What a stunning venue in a very convenient location. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you feel the sense of opulence and class. It was big but intimate, buzzy but not noisy and the staff were friendly and attentive. The food is not what you would expect and didn't taste at all like the German food I know. Everything was contemporary and gives more of a nod to German food rather than being German. Delicious and worth a visit.
A very nice place to have a drink after work. The architecture of the building is really beautiful, especially inside with a mix of warehouse style metal and old bricks. I didn't have dinner but went to the bar upstairs which offers a good view of the place and is more quiet. The drinks and bits menu is nice and dense, although there were only gin cocktails. We went for a bottle of wine and fritters - all very good. They also bring you some nice homemade (I think) pretzels over and over again which is quite rare. The staff was acted weird though and the prices were a bit too high in my opinion, but I can't deny the good atmosphere!
I only drunk and ate at the bar outside, but if I could give this place six stars I would! Fantastic location, beautiful interior. The service was great, the bar staff were friendly and happy to offer recommendations. The beer and wine were lovely, but the extra star is for the food, it is delicious!!! Probably the best burger I've had in London, the hot dog was amazing also. Will be going back there as soon as I can to try the restaurant properly, cannot wait!
Famous to Londoners as the landmark where your minicab will pick you up off the Eurostar, the German Gymnasium has the perfect name: it's a hearty, chest-expanding, but ultimately bumptious experience. There's been a fad for 'Continental' and 'European' places in London over the last few years, mainly, you suspect, because the tastes of Mittel-Europa are hard-wired into the British palate: meat, beer, stodge, beer, pastry, beer. And a beer. Here, that is all this translated into fine dining. It's an uncomfortable reminder that this city prizes money above everything else, and that its punters will cheerfully fork out £100+ for meat and two veg, provided they get a #success validation on the side. You can't hide that this is peasant food, for peasants. Rich peasants.