Find and book great restaurantsFind a Restaurant
See more Editor’s Picks
|Address:||23 Euston Road, London NW1 2SD|
|Tel:||020 3544 6050|
|Price: £47.00||Wine: £16.00||Champagne: £43.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 7am-3pm 5.30-10.30pm Sat-Sun 8am-4pm 5.30-10.30pm (Sun -5pm)|
This review hasn't been rated yet.
It's new. It's bright. It's colourful. It's also currently shrouded in blue plastic to cover the exterior scaffolding and it's located in kings cross. The above reasons may not necessarily be the first reasons to visit month old Karpo (prior experience of establishments next to railway stations remain a little dubious) but once you get inside this place you'll see there is good reason to stay.
The food alone is highly pleasant affair, with a daily changing menu that works on a basis of British produce twisted with influences from the southern us. This means you'll find things like ‘bourbon & chilli pecans’, ‘shrimp and grits’, ‘southern fried quail with celeriac slaw’ and ‘beetroot salad, goats curd and hazlenuts’ on offer alongside more interesting classic dishes of mackerel and rhubarb, hanger steak, roast shallots and bone marrow, lamb shoulder and a variety of starters, bar snacks and puddings. Sides include mac & cheese, Boston baked beans but also our own much beloved champ. Puds include deliciously salty cheeses, (homemade?) ice creams and more substantial things like pink lady apple tart tatin. I had the pink prppercorn meringue & passion fruit frozen yoghurt that proved to be an awesome fusion of textures and tastes. Savoury crunchy popping candy with a blanket of soft and creamy tropicality. Delicious.
The wine list is worth a note too- super extensive and largely all organic or biodynamic, it's clearly well thought out and skilfully pieced together. The best part is that some come by the carafe so you have more of a chance to try more than just one of those that appeal. To please all tastes and pockets we had a 2010 Nero D'avola Sicilian ITG organic box wine for £12.80, but we could easily have gone a lot wilder. Next time.
The decor and the heady ambience is the final point to note. Both border on quirky but not overdone. There is a large grassy mural that paints the wall from head to toe on one side of the main dining space and a collection of the tables look more like sawed tree trunks completing the overall eartheral theme. But this also works with an edgier sense of angular design. Stripes and bright colours, akin to those on Karpo's logo bedeck the other walls on canvases that scatter the rest of the brickwork. Downstairs the atmosphere is cosier with leather sofas, large book case and a fireplace. To boot there is a long American style bar with pictures of moviestars and other 50s style characters hanging overhead. With each area of this place having its own strong identity you could very easily stay here all day.
Staff are awesome. Food is imaginative. Wine list excellent and decor vibrant. I genuinely can't wait to go back again soon.