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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

Kaki

Restaurants Chinese Caledonian Road

Another gem on Caledonian Road, Kaki is a spacious, low-key Sichuan restaurant where the food is spicy and the servings are huge. Go hungry, with a group of pals who like to eat, and feast on spicy delights like chilli-fried chicken served over numbing peppercorns, and frog legs with four kinds of chilli. Not much of a lunch spot, but the perfect, buzzy place to wind down after work with a meal and a couple of drinks.

Kerb

Restaurants Street food King’s Cross

The main branch of a regularly changing roster of street-food vendors, Kerb (formerly Eat.st) is handily pitched on Granary Square most weekday lunchtimes with half a dozen traders (sometimes more) each day – including city-best stalls like Eat Chay and Tucka Burger. It’s very useful if you work nearby or are heading to/from the station. ‘Making cities taste better’ is their motto – and they seem to be on the right track.

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Kimchee

Restaurants Korean King’s Cross

A large, low-lit Korean spot in that slightly corporate part of King’s Cross by the Google offices, Kimchee is a good option for a quick, no-frills lunch or dinner if you can’t be bothered waiting for a table up the road at Coal Drops Yard. Try the greasy, thick udon with fiery fried chicken or the crisp-edged tofu that’s stir-fried with pork and topped with sour, you guessed it, kimchi.  

The Lighterman

Bars and pubs Gastropubs King’s Cross

Spread over three floors, with a canal-side terrace thrown in for good measure, this swanky crowd-pleasing gastropub/bar doesn’t do things by half. The cooking’s sound (if unsurprising) and the kitchen shows off all the right moves: expect wood-fired grills, organic spelt flatbreads and chips in weeny metal baskets, plus the usual (new) suspects – crispy squid, superfood salads, trendy burgers et al. ‘Handy’ sums it up. 

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Maple & King's

Restaurants Cafés King’s Cross

Healthy, grab-and-go lunch spots are a rarity in King’s Cross, and this café and salad bar often flies under the radar. The salads are slightly on the pricey side (around the £9 mark for protein and fillings), but we love the super-fresh ingredients, smoothies and the build-your-own vibe of it all. Suggest it to your friends if you’re trying to cut down on calories but you don’t want to send them to a raw food bar. There’s upstairs seating, too.

Meat Liquor King's Cross

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Restaurants Burgers King’s Cross

This branch of the grungy Meat Liquor mini chain is just like the others, in a good way: a stellar spot for a banging burger, some salty shoestring fries and booze. Hidden down an alleyway a couple of minutes from the tube station, the surprising highlights here are the fiery buffalo chicken burger, or the ‘burgaloo’, a vegan burger with a spiced potato and black bean patty, panko breadcrumbs and thick, tangy pickles.

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Middle Eat

Restaurants Middle Eastern King’s Cross

A light and bright canteen on Caledonian Road, Middle Eat is a favourite of King’s Cross office workers for its bargain Middle Eastern bowls and wraps packed with falafel and other fillings. You pick your protein (chicken, beef, falafel), your base (fattoush, lentils), then you add toppings, salads and all the hummus and tahini sauce you can manage. Simple, but fresh and delicious. There are queues out the door every lunchtime, often being fed micro-bites to keep them happy while they wait.

Morty & Bob's

Restaurants Cafés King’s Cross

The only thing you need to know about Morty & Bob’s is that it serves grilled cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That’s the reason to go: for this street-food-stall-turned-café’s golden, gooey, oozing cheese toastie, cut into halves and stuffed with lovely things like onions, spicy ’nduja sausage or mushrooms and truffle. Aside from that, this cosy all-day spot at Coal Drops Yard does stellar speciality coffee all day, along with fresh lunches and bar food at night.

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Plum & Spilt Milk

Restaurants British King’s Cross

The Great Northern Hotel takes its signals from King’s Cross station, and the Plum & Spilt Milk dining room follows suit – note the titular livery mimicking the company’s old dining carriages. Ex-Gordon Ramsay alumnus Mark Sargeant keeps things on track in the kitchen, serving up reinvented British dishes such as potted rabbit or cod with creamed celeriac and curried mussels – just the ticket for travellers contemplating a journey on the Eurostar.

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