Casa Pastor

Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Casa Pastor

Silver Award

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.

Featured image credit: Sam Smith

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cool, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Counter dining, Live music / dancing

Location for Casa Pastor

Coal Drops Yard, London, N1C 4AB


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5 Reviews 


26 November 2019  

Awful service - no empathy, ignored for most of the time.  Ordered chicken - undercooked and sent it back - was told that's how it is served - unbelievable. The replacement I ordered was not great either. Actually feeling queasy post-lunch.  This is the only time ever I have not left a tip. A really unpleasant experience that ruined my day.

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Amazing food, amazing staff
12 April 2019  

This place has such a great atmosphere, highly recommend the short rib & avocado margaritas! 

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Susana G

05 April 2019  
The best Mexican around quality wise.

Mark R

Great first visit to Casa Pastor
10 December 2018  
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.
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Laura M

Casa pastor
03 November 2018  
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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