Kings Cross ‘a gourmet hot spot’…….

Snazz_sichuan Locals have been following the welcome increase in decent places to eat in Kings Cross and now it seems that the restaurant critics have got there too.  Jay Rayner in the Observer put the boot into Camino, which has had mixed reviews over in the I Love Kings Cross Facebook group restaurants discussion, though doesn’t need to do much to improve really.  Fay Maschler reveiwed the excellent Pho and Acorn House and Konstam at the Prince Albert are already well known for excellent organic and local produce.  The food at the Cross Kings is surprisingly good at low prices and Royal Thai on the Caledonian Road is superb at the price. Now Charles Campion’s restaurant guide has rounded the best.  In the Evening Standard (London Lite) he said:

"In the decade or so that I have been writing restaurant guides I have never seen a rough area come up so far and so fast. King’s Cross has transformed itself and is on the way to becoming another Islington. I had to rejig the book and add an entire section to accommodate the great new restaurants.

"From being a low-rent district with poor facilities and a shady reputation, the redevelopment of the station has meant a host of new restaurants."

Not sure that this is entirely right nor that we want to be the new Islington but it is good to see the word spreading.  Has anyone tried Snazz Sichuan on Chalton St? Sounds absolutely great.  There is still some way to go before Incredible Edibles is taken over by Rick Stein, but book now, before the hordes arrive  mine’s a saveloy and chips with curry sauce……..

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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2 Responses to Kings Cross ‘a gourmet hot spot’…….

  1. Krista says:

    I really like the Ethiopian plance on Caledonian Rd…nice atmosphere, really good food. (Service was a bit on the slow side though.)
    http://kristainlondon.typepad.com/dining/2007/06/london_ethiopia.html

  2. Marianne Wilson says:

    Thang Long Vietnamese Resto at 94 Camden Road, opposite Camden Rd station.

    Not central King’s Cross area, but with only Pho Cafe in King’s Cross Road for Vietnamese, we sometimes venture further afield for a fix of yummy Vietnamese food. Camden (where there are at least 3 Vietnamese restaurants) is easier to get to than Kingsland Rd, and last weekend we tried out Thang Long which we’d seen advertised in the Islington Gazette. It’s open Tues-Sun 12-3pm and 5-11pm.

    Lovely authentic food in simple but comfortable surroundings. It’s been open for about 4 months, run by a Chinese wife/ Vietnamese husband couple. The food has a “home-style” feel e.g. the spring rolls about double the size of normal ones, but delicious filling with the traditional ingredients. The summer rolls were also great. Beef and Chicken Pho noodles were served in smaller portions than at many other places, the broth tasted very nice but noodles and beef better elsewhere. Would go with the Chicken version if you have Pho craving.

    Anyway, lots of other interesting dishes including “house speciality” steamed sea bass which we’ll try next time.

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