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Coal Drops Yard
The atmosphere of creativity at Coal Drops Yard makes it the perfect fit for the high-energy buzz of the Hart brothers, who have opened three sites here, including wine bar The Drop and a branch of Barrafina.
Much larger than previous incarnations in London Bridge, this Pastor is split between a partially covered outdoor dining area (complete with a central grill) and a tightly packed indoors which boasts a bar and an imposing tree hung with lights. It’s also the first to serve breakfast, including the likes of huevos rancheros.
On our evening visit, we kicked off proceedings with a novel avocado and passionfruit Margarita, which was silky smooth and pepped up with a chilli rim. Food begins with tostadas: ‘apache’ is a Mexican take on steak tartare using flank, while a ‘cochinita’ sees shreds of juicy slow-roasted pork rubbed with an addictive mix of orange, garlic and red onion.
Tacos (two per portion) include the signature Al Pastor, which is a triumphant pairing of pork shoulder, marinated for 24 hours with sticky caramelised pineapple and finished off with a smear of guacamole. Surprisingly, star billing goes to the veggie option: oily, plump mushrooms paired with caramelised onion and wrapped in a crisp sheet of fried queso Oaxaca cheese. From the sides, a bowl of refried beans resembles a chocolate mousse, with a velvety texture to match, while crunchy toasted corn is topped with a thick dollop of cotija cheese.
Dessert servings are miniscule, but if you’ve got a sweet tooth, go for the chocolate pot, which is served in a glass teacup and avoids being forgettable via a spiking of cinnamon. Lots of fun and fairly priced, this Pastor is a welcome addition to the brothers’ ever-expanding brand.
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Coal Drops Yard
King's Cross Tube Station 737m
King's Cross/St. Pancras Tube Station 745m
Courtyard Theatre 689m
Theatro Technis 695m
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Food + drink: 5
I had lunch a week ago at the new Casa Pastor and it was every bit as delicious as my previous meals at the original El Pastor in Borough, the tacos were really tasty. Great atmosphere and the usual charming and attentive service. Would thoroughly recommend.
Food + drink: 1
We came for breakfast, really excited to try out the new restaurants at Coal Drop. We were really disappointed. There were 3 times more staff than customers, nobody seemed to be particularly in charge. It took 20 mins to receive drinks and only then did they realise that they had no tea. The coffee was cold and has to be returned twice. The food was very average and the staff seemed more interested in having fun than attending to the customers. We were really disappointed and won’t be returning. There are lots of great places to have breakfast at kings cross with amazing food and attentive service. Casa pastor will need to try a lot harder if it is to succeed here.
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