After visiting VOC for cocktails (much earlier this year!) we popped across to Camino to tuck into tapas and drink some sherry.
We opted for a small carafe of sherry and it was much nicer than the Bergamot Grog I had next door.
I’d never been to Camino before but it had been on my agenda for a while. I’ve since gone back a number of times; Kings Cross is an ideal halfway meeting point for some of my friends so when we want an easy Saturday night catch-up we’ll often head here.
Tapas tends to be expensive and disappointing in London once you’ve experienced the real deal in Spain, but Camino is a welcome change and a great addition to the Kings Cross restaurant scene. That night we shared six dishes, including my favourite Mahón frito (cow cheese fritters with tomato jam) and left pleasantly full.
Tapas is for sharing and every time I have been I have been in the presence of a vegetarian, so although I can’t comment on the meat they do have a good choice of vegetarian options which is always nice to see. Just like in Barcelona I didn’t miss the meat as the vegetarian options were delicious in their own right. The Crema Catalan is almost as good as Pizarro’s which is as good a sign as any.
Tapas never works out cheap but it was a reasonable price for a lovely meal. Six dishes between two is enough, but you can always add to that throughout the night if there are too many things on the menu that you fancy.
Much earlier this year (I know, im a little late with this one) I went to VOC in Kings Cross. Described as ‘a modern day interpretation of a Punch House inspired by the Dutch East India Company’ they have tried their best with the decor and menu, but the interpretation was a little too on the modern side for me.
I had high hopes as it was created by the Fluid Movement, the same people behind Purl Marylebone and The Whistling Shop in Shoreditch. Apparently the drinks created are ‘inspired from a bygone era with a modern Interpretation, using seasonal produce and the latest molecular mixology techniques’, but my Bergamot Grog was a bit of a letdown. It apparently contained a whole host of interesting ingredients but in reality it tasted like your standard fruity cocktail which was a little disappointing.
It’s a nice little place though, small and cosy inside. Not very authentic (the music certainly isn’t) but the chairs are comfy in that old fashioned kind of way. It’s hidden away in Regents Corner in Kings Cross so we popped across to Camino for tapas and sherry afterwards – which is far superior, better value for money and worthy of its own review (coming very soon).
Photo taken in St Pancras Station from the upper level sometime prior to the London 2012 Olympics. This station is beyond a doubt my favourite in London and gives me a warm, fuzzy and excited feeling every time I’m there. As it happens, I’m there quite a lot which is nice!