Arabica King's Cross

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Arabica King's Cross
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As the sister site to its Borough market location, Arabica’s new 66 cover restaurant in the recently developed Kings Cross area offers up a whole new menu inspired by the Mediterranean and Middle East with some of the most-loved dishes from its Borough Market counterpart thrown in for good measure.  

With dark wood communal bench like seating, large windows and modern furnishings the restaurant had a nice buzz to it as we arrived for an early dinner, that intensified throughout the night.

Starting with drinks, all inspired by classic cocktails with a middle eastern twist we went for the Rania’s Spritz, a variation on the classic Aperol Spritz with rosewater, chilli and sea salt and the espresso martini which was a little too strong to be properly enjoyed.

When it came to ordering, helpful and knowledgeable staff recommended ordering four dishes per person to be shared. To start, the hummus kx with subtle hints of chilli and garlic coming through to add a little something extra to the standard dip came paired with a moutabel aubergine dip which was a favourite of the evening, the smokiness of the aubergine was complemented perfectly by the sweetness of the pomegranate, all mopped up with piping hot, soft and fluffy flatbreads which arrived in paper bags.

Salty grilled halloumi with Turkish figs and orange blossom honey came next, accompanied by the Lahmacun Turkish style pizza which had a perfectly thin and crisp base topped with flavoursome lamb mince, sumac onions and lemon.

Other dishes we enjoyed throughout the evening included the Lebanese 7 spice chicken wings, berbere spiced cauliflower which was full of great flavours but a little tricky to get through as half a cauliflower was put in front of us, batata harra and Turkish peppers – a Russian roulette of mild and sweet mixed with hot and almost unbearably spicy (eat with caution).

With Middle Eastern restaurants restaurants popping up all over the city nowadays, it is difficult to decipher noticeable differences in this fairly simple cuisine. However, friendly and attentive staff, modern décor and great buzz throughout the evening mixed with unique and memorable dishes make Arabica a must visit for a casual week night dinner.

About Arabica King's Cross

OPENS OCTOBER 2019

Arabica London is known for serving up Levantine-inspired cuisine, bringing those classic mezze flavours to Borough since its early days as a stall in the Market. After the success of the first Arabica Bar & Kitchen, the Eastern Mediterranean restaurant is opening a new site in King’s Cross, situated on the ground floor of the Aga Khan Centre. The interiors boast fashionable design elements from the team behind the interiors at Temper and The Palomar, both in Soho.

At the King’s Cross branch, you'll find an open-plan kitchen offering both counter dining and regular tables, seating up to 66 guests in total. Arabica King's Cross keeps on delivering some of those familiar favourites from the first Borough kitchen, but has also added a whole host of new dishes to the menu. Expect a remake of the famous Arabica dirty hummus with a new King’s Cross version featuring plenty of garlic, roasted spiced chickpeas, sweet peppers, parsley and red chilli. There is also a selection of grass-fed halal steaks and an impressive wine list to pair with them, including emerging new world wines.

On Arabica’s new menu, you’ll see meals inspired by home-grown dishes straight from the Lebanon, Istanbul and Tel Aviv. Tuck into puff pastry parcels stuffed with roasted root vegetables, caramelised onions and slow-braised ox cheek in red wine permeated by eastern spices and Persian limes. You can also chow down on lamb koftas, pittas filled with bone marrow, chuck steak and dry-aged short rib, as well as Istanbul-style tempura Cornish mussels with a Turkish red pepper paste and walnut sauce. Plus, there is a minty wedge salad on the menu including Galotyri cheese, which is finished with a buttermilk dressing.

If you pop by during sunny weather, sit at one of the 40 seats outside on the terrace. Arabica King’s Cross serves diners all day and has breakfast options available at the weekend. To drink, you can sip on authentic Turkish coffee with a hint of green cardamom but if you prefer a traditional coffee, you can order the Workshop Coffee in filter while munching on Turkish delight.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Middle Eastern
Ambience
Cool, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining
Special Features
Counter dining, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
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Location for Arabica King's Cross

7 Lewis Cubitt Walk, London, N1C 4DT

020 3011 5151

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 09:00-23:00
Tue 09:00-23:00
Wed 09:00-23:00
Thu 09:00-23:00
Fri 09:00-00:00
Sat 09:00-00:00
Sun 10:00-22:00

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