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Shrimpy's

The King's Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London N1C 4UR

£44.00 South American Islington, Barnsbury

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  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £75.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-10.30pm (Fri-Sat -11pm)

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The guys behind Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green have transformed an old King's Cross BP garage by the Regent's Canal into a ‘trendy destination eatery' celebrating the American dream, albeit in a very camp way (murals pay tribute to the likes of Diana Vreeland and Louise Brooks). A short, snappy menu yields good things such as skirt steak with punchy chimichurri, ‘meaty' monkfish with quinoa, almonds and courgettes and the highly controversial soft-shell-crab burger (‘like deep-fried lard' commented one recipient, although others have loved it). Bookends range from fresh-as-a-daisy tuna tostada and sea-bass ceviche to banana and peanut-butter sandwich; also check out the daily ‘egg card' brunch. Staff are cool but welcoming, and plenty of South American names are dotted throughout the eclectic wine list – if pisco sours and margaritas don't appeal. The huge alfresco terrace by the canal will draw crowds in summer.

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  1. Shrimpy's

    The King's Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London N1C 4UR
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    Ruth W.

    Bit too pushy and over priced

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 4

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    The King's Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London N1C 4UR
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    Adam D.

    Unique restaurant. More Hamptons than Kings Cross.

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 4

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  3. Shrimpy's

    The King's Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London N1C 4UR
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    L. D.
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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 6

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    The King's Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London N1C 4UR
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    Deborah A.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 7

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    The King's Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London N1C 4UR
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    Polly R.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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    The King's Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London N1C 4UR
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    Steve B.
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    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 3

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  1. Published : Sunday, 1st September 2013

    Sybaricious :: Shrimpy

    Shrimpy's is located a little way off the main thrust of the new Kings Cross complex and about a five to ten minute walk down York Road away from the station. Just as you're wondering whether you've missed the turn off, the neon lights of the "Filling Station' appear and you hang a left into what must until comparatively recently have been industrial wasteland alongside the canal. The rejuvenation of the station must have done wonders for the canalside too, I can fully imagine it used to be home to upturned shopping trolleys. The building itself used to be a BP garage the husk of which is still apparent from the flat roof over the outside grill. To this shell, however, has been added a frame of corrugated wiggles that light up once the sun has gone down.  The majority of clientele are painfully fashionable hipster types populated with the earnest young staff of the neighbouring Guardian/Observer building but I didn't feel as self conscious as I used to in Hoxton a decade ago when it was the epitome of cool.  It would be fair to say that Kings Cross has undergone nothing short of a miracle renaissance over the last couple of years progressing from somewhere that you went to only for the Eurostar to a dining destination. Its not quite there yet, the area around the station itself is still a building site, but the addition of places like Grain Store and Shrimpy's are all good news. Next summer its going to rock. I've got to start by highlighting that I've only been to the outdoor grill and not to the fancier indoor restaurant, I'd like to have tried dishes like the soft shell crab burger and prawn fritters with green chilli and lime inside but unfortunately we were out of luck on the table front (unlike much of hip London they do take reservations indoors). Both indoors and outdoors are a novel spin on Mexican street and beach food unlike anywhere else I've been to in London. To ensure a table space at the outdoor grill area on a reasonably warm evening you need to be there by 6pm latest.Drinks are limited to a selection of whats on tap plus a couple of wines so the full range consisted of Bitburger beer (£4 a pint or £2.50 a half) , Hogan's cider, red & white wine (£4), the margarita of the day (pineapple and coconut for me) and prosecco (£5 each). I got a little caught out by the menu. Like so many places they have simplified it down to single ingredients so when I ordered 'barbecued pork belly' and some smoked 'aubergine, caramelised onion provoleta' I assumed they were tapas style dishes but no they were ruddy great sandwiches (or 'tortas' as they're known), not that I'm complaining they were pretty good value at £7 and £6 each. Too much for me to eat alone but the guys sitting next to us left happy (and one of them is now even a vegetable convert who didn't think he liked aubergine so they must have been good) The pork belly was shredded pulled pork style and mixed with a lightly vinegared red cabbage slaw and guacamole. The aubergine was roasted until soft and oily and cradled by the squidgy slick of melted cheese and onions. Whole husks of corn are thrown on the barbecue and come out super sweet so a bargain at £3. No pictures though, it was too dark by the time I got round to eating. The one weird quirk is that you are not allowed to pay by cash. Yep, you read that right, hard currency bearing the queen's head is not welcome at these premises! Card only. Sounds a bit dubious legally to me but just make sure you take some plastic with you. In summary, its not fancy but its a great way to spend a sunny Friday evening pretending that you're abroad by the waterside until a canal boat floats past and reminds you where you are!Shrimpy'sKings Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London. N1C 4UR(0208) 8806111
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  2. Published : Thursday, 1st November 2012

    samphire and salsify :: Shrimpy’s

    My sister kindly decided to take me for lunch as a birthday treat and she chose Shrimpy’s as the place to go. I was quite excited as it was a place I’d been meaning to try for quite some time. It’s a restaurant by the guy who owns Bistrotheque. It’s situated in an old petrol station about a 5 minute walk from Kings Cross Station. The building that houses Shrimpy’s, now called The Filling Station, looks like a giant piece of installation art (that or a giant piece of corrugated iron) and after a bit of confusion we realised the entrance was round the back...
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  3. Published : Friday, 17th August 2012

    The Insatiable Eater :: Burger madness at Shrimpy

    This brings us to Shrimpy's and its soft shell crab burger. I mean, London is awash with burgers at the moment with new places opening up quicker than you can yell "order up". But so far there's been a relative dearth of seafood burgers (fish fingers excepted), so if there's an unexploited niche then you might as well fill it, right? So how does Shrimpy's fare with its foodie gimmick?...
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  4. Published : Saturday, 4th August 2012

    londonfoodaholic :: REVIEW: Shrimpy

    On the way home after the weekend I decided to visit EAT.ST in Kings Cross for lunch, unfortunately I came to discover that only one street food trader had turned up, which was very disappointing. Luckily, I stumbled upon Shrimpy's on the gritty goods way. I had read a few reviews previously so had a good idea what it looked like, very unique and stands out like a sore thumb hanging over the canal. It’s actually a converted filling station that has been turned ultra-modern, sporting neon signs and outside seating, some say it’s a piece of art, I disagree...
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  5. Published : Friday, 27th July 2012

    London Stuff :: Shrimpy

    I thought I'd have no problem finding Shrimpy's - back in the days when I was a regular on the dance-floors of The Cross and Bagleys I would often stop in at the petrol station at the turn off point from York Way, which led eager party people to the series of warehouses and railway buildings that were home to some mighty fine clubbing establishments.  But I had forgotten how much that area has changed, even though I had visited recently to check out Eat St - whilst some great old Victorian industrial buildings still exist, there is now a massive building site surrounded by hoardings plus all sorts of new buildings and it took a moment to get my bearings.  Anyway the other half and I finally found The Filling Station, home to Shrimpy's and met our friends Ben & Gen...
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  6. I’m a big fan of Diners Drive-ins and Dives and often find myself watching re-runs of Guy Fieri on his road trip around the US, hunting down the best stateside diners at anywhere from roadside shacks to petrol stations. Hence when I heard the guys behind Bistrotheque (one of my favourite places in the East End) had launched a...
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