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Sam Ashton

The best restaurants in King’s Cross

Discover the top restaurants, cafés and gastropubs around King's Cross

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May 2019: We’ve added a bunch of newbies from Coal Drops Yard, that shiny new development on the St Pancras side of town. We love the Tom Dixon-designed Middle Eastern spot Coal Office, but make sure you stop by Morty & Bob’s for a cheese toastie or Barrafina for that famous oozy tortilla. On Caledonian Road, Middle Eat is a top spot for falafel-packed lunch bowls and House of Morocco excels at all-day café grub, with lots for veggies.

Dining in King’s Cross used to mean grabbing a quick bite at a station stall before catching your train, but no longer: the once grimy area is now a shiny hotbed for fine restaurants. Be it the lofty, warehouse-sized joints around Granary Square or the hip little spots around lower Pentonville, there’s something for all tastes (and budgets, high or low). Check out our list of the best, below.

The best restaurants in King’s Cross

Aux Pains de Papy

Restaurants French Gray’s Inn Road

A trip to Paris on the Eurostar might be the best way to indulge in an ooh-la-la French café experience, but what’s the next best thing? A trip to King’s Cross and a visit to this endearing little café – a mere boule’s-throw from the Eurostar terminal. Aux Pains de Papy already has a loyal following of office workers seeking their daily bread and satisfying lunchtime sandwiches, but it’s also worth seeking out for patisserie and boulangerie.

Barrafina King’s Cross

Restaurants Spanish King’s Cross

Spanish mini chain Barrafina has been breaking foodie hearts ever since it first arrived on Frith Street way back in 2007. This branch, on the upper level of Coal Drops Yard, comes with outdoor seating to soak up the sun, and in a Barrafina first, there are even two tables for four inside. Don’t miss the eggy, gooey tortilla and the classic croquetas filled with rich, Spanish-style blood pudding.

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Caravan King's Cross

Restaurants Cafés King’s Cross

Compared to some of its other branches, the King’s Cross offshoot of Caravan is a grandiose urbane proposition – all concrete floors, girders and exposed pipework. The industrial-themed interior isn’t built for intimacy, but it still has a laid-back buzz and great people-watching opportunities. As expected, this outlet boasts welcoming, efficient staff and a menu of what they call ‘well-travelled food’ – ie plates of global fusion ranging from lamb ribs with chermoula to Burmese chicken salad.

Casa Pastor

Restaurants Mexican King’s Cross

Eat as many tacos at you can at Casa Pastor, a massive Mexican restaurant at Coal Drops Yard from the team behind much-loved El Pastor in Borough Market. The addictive, slightly chewy corn tortillas are made in-house: order a bunch of them, topped with the likes of juicy pork shoulder and pineapple, and lightly-battered sea bass, then feast on some crispy, sugary churros with warm chocolate sauce for pud.

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Coal Office

Restaurants Middle Eastern King’s Cross

Fan of The Palomar and The Barbary? Then you’ll love Coal Office, a swish Tom Dixon-designed spot at Coal Drops Yard with some of the city’s best Middle Eastern food. Everything is bold and memorable here: expect delights like fennel with a yoghurt-harissa dressing and seriously good puds; rice pudding with flavours of mango and kaffir lime.

Dishoom

Restaurants Indian King’s Cross

Whirling ceiling fans, vintage Indian magazine ads and other retro wheezes set the scene for some post-colonial romping at this swish London take on an old ‘Irani café’. It’s all very design-conscious and slick, but there’s no arguing with the food – a spicy all-day repertoire running from bhel pooris to biryanis. Expect crazy queues in the evenings (check booking restrictions), though the basement bar is a godsend.

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Granger & Co

Restaurants Fusion King’s Cross

The King’s Cross outpost of Aussie Bill Granger's all-day sunny-side-up eatery references just about every on-trend fad and fashion on the current foodie agenda: small plates, grains, Korean riffs, Hawaiian-style poké bowls, Thai curries and all sorts of multicultural stuff besides. Granger is also known for giving good brunch, and this spot has the added bonus of in-demand alfresco tables on a quiet piazza.

Hicce

Restaurants Contemporary Global King’s Cross

Another small plates spot at Coal Drops Yard, Hicce is right above a shop called Wolf & Badger. That might not seem like the nicest place to dine, but this slick, industrial-style space from Murano-trained chef Pip Lacey has oodles of atmosphere and lots of vibrant, snacky menu we love. Expect things like goat’s-cheese-stuffed peppers and lamb adana kebabs, and don’t skip the bread. The delicately yeasty beer version is to die for.

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House of Morocco

Restaurants Cafés Caledonian Road

A cute spot on Caledonian Road, House of Morocco is a community-style café with a healthy menu packed with Middle Eastern-type delights. We love the fresh smoothies packed with banana and avocado, and the cheap lunch options, like falafel wraps and harissa halloumi quesadillas for under a tenner. Loads of veggie and vegan options, too.

Itadaki Zen

Restaurants Japanese King’s Cross

Japanese, vegan and organic? What’s not to love – and, rest assured, we do love this cool little miracle near King’s Cross station. Only the slurping of noodles disturbs the place’s Zen-like tranquillity, as punters dip into a virtuously healthy menu that makes the most of a few key ingredients (expects lots of tofu and seaweed). Laid-back staff go with the flow, while zealous foodie workshops, art exhibitions and live music make Itadaki even more lovable.

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