Rotunda 22

Kings Place, 90 York Way , London, N1 9AG

020 7014 2840

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SquareMeal Review of Rotunda

At the back of Kings Place, Rotunda’s large canal-side terrace is a serene contrast to the bustling of offices above it. Vibrant blue banquettes frame a brightly lit, white-on-mahogany dining room while a steady kitchen takes full advantage of the owner’s farm and butcher in Northumberland for well-aged ribs of beef, flat-iron steaks and ‘rump caps’, served alongside confit Isle of Wight tomatoes, copper pots of béarnaise and bunches of watercress. Elsewhere, delicately crafted beef carpaccio comes with truffle for added flair. Snacks might yield spicy whitebait with lime mayo or ‘three onion’ bhajis with mango chutney, and there’s crisp-topped mac ’n’ cheese to share. Skip pedestrian puddings, pull up a canal-side deckchair and relax with a Waterside Garden Martini or a Champagne Negroni (if you’re feeling flush). Staff are friendly rather than flashy; ditto the wine list.

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6.8

Food & Drink: 6.6

Service: 7.6

Atmosphere: 6.2

Value: 5.8

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Dorian A. silver reviewer 01 August 2015

Has the management or the chef changed recently? Originally we thought Rotunda was very good, but our last visit was a big disappointment. Delicious ingredients ruined by bad cooking. Is it so difficult to bake a beautiful lemon sole without drying it out and leaving is crisp and chewy? In two minds whether we'll make the trek to Rotunda again. Very sad!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Tomi I. 22 January 2014

Overall it as okay. Orders got a little mixed up, but maybe that's because we had a late lunch (2:45pm ish) on a Saturday, so perhaps the rota was changing…

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Harry P. 20 March 2012

Popped in a few times now for their Sunday Roast and i've yet to be let down. Yet to try anything else on the menu but if you're in the mood for a relaxed Sunday lunch next to a hidden gem of a canal then you'll enjoy this place. Waiters are friendly and knowledgeable, the live music sets a nice atmosphere and if the sun's out the waterside setting is lovely. Will venture their soon to see how they handle a busy Friday night but so far, so very good.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Flying Foodie silver reviewer 07 April 2009

Rotunda is a smart addition to the limited Kings Cross restaurant scene. Its smart design and outlook over the canal, coupled with the sleek bulk of the Kings Place arts centre make it an attractive destination. Service while we were there was excellent, very attentive and generous. Food had a British slant and seemed hearty on the menu but quite small when it arrived. My lamb was very good and a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream to finish delicious. Food was well priced but wine seemed expensive. Being offered it two wine glass sizes, plus 500ml carafes was a nice touch. My one real gripe is the lighting. They have made a classic mistake of trying to light a restaurant entirely from the ceiling. This never works and only low, soft localised lighting makes a place feel cosy. The cold lighting from the ceiling coupled with the blue upholstery gives a rather austere feeling at night. I recommend a few candles to sort that out. Overall a nice place and worth checking out – Can be casual or used to impress.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Junglefresh. gold reviewer 02 March 2009

Anyone who knows York Way will know that this is not the sort of neighbourhood that shouts “great eating”. However, the Rotunda is in a new building with interesting spaces and concert venues which could do something to change my perceptions. The restaurant itself is built facing the Canal which I believe is the same one which goes along the North side of Regent's Park, to Camden Lock and onwards. Given the urban setting, the view is attractive, as is the decor and design of the whole place. My wife and I wanted to see the sculpture casting business in the same building and wandered in looking for a light meal on a Sunday lunchtime in late February 2009. The lady who greeted us seemed genuinely warm and interested and, actually smiled ! I asked if I could go off menu and after enquiry in the kitchen I was able to obtain a platter of cheese, cold cuts and salad leaves with fresh and interesting bread. We had one of the house white wines which was absolutely fine – crisp and light, which went well with the food. Everything was efficient, yet unhurried. We aim to go back one evening for a “proper” meal to be enjoyed as the evenings get longer as Spring sets in.

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Room for 30
Capacity: 30