Italian, Modern European·
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SquareMeal Review of Magenta

Bronze Award

Stepping inside Magenta, your eyes are immediately drawn to the pink and silver butterflies which climb the walls and exposed ceiling pipes - the restaurant has prettified the industrial shell of its dining room, juxtaposing steel columns and large arched windows with ambient lighting and furnishings upholstered in its eponymous purplish-red hue. It’s a coupling of two very distinct styles that shouldn’t really work, but Magenta manages to pull it off, making it one of the capital’s more unique dining rooms.

Magenta is part of the Megaro hotel, but you would never know as it boasts its own street-side entrance right by King’s Cross station. The menu is inspired by northern Italy and a prix-fixe of two, three or four courses is offered, each representing good value, with a few supplements available too should you be in the mood to splurge.

The best thing we ate was a fresh pasta dish - delicately crafted agnolotti parcels filled with slow-cooked beef, the meat’s intensity only heightened by accompanying smears of smoked creme fraiche and added crunch provided via a smattering of hazelnuts. We were also impressed by antipasti including a cylinder of cannellone stuffed with sweet shredded Dorset crab, and a creamy ball of burrata, which paired well with the subtle tartness of charred apricot.

As for the drinks, expect your usual mix of Italian wines and spirits, alongside a selection of photo-friendly signature cocktails: the Pink Pantera was a sweet, refreshing mix of rose wine, select liqueur, raspberry, vanilla and tonic topped with a cloud of pink candy floss. Not all of Magenta’s pandering to Instagram works though - we found the blackened charcoal sourdough to be more of a visual spectacle than anything else, although the accompanying Sicilian olive oil was a beauty.

We were too full for dessert on our visit, but tempting options include yoghurt and apricot mousse with Amaretto ice cream. A charming menu, coupled with attentive service and a convivial atmosphere (the place was packed on our Tuesday night visit) make Magenta a welcome addition to the ever dynamic restaurant scene in King’s Cross.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Italian, Modern European
Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, Quirky, Romantic, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions


Found within the Megaro Hotel in King’s Cross, Magenta is a Northern Italian restaurant headed up by executive head chef Manuele Bazzoni, formerly of Mayfair’s Le Boudin Blanc and Trinity in Clapham.

The striking dining room at Magneta is inspired by its moniker, with the room decked out in the purplish-red shade. The look of the space has been designed by British artist and designer Henry Chebaane and echoes the 19th century heritage of the building in which it is housed. The room marries Victorian industrial architecture with modern tastes, featuring a colour palette of coal, steel and oak, finished off with bold magenta fabrics.

Another striking feature of the space is an installation of thousands of pink and silver butterflies which float above the diner's heads. On sunnier days, guests can escape to the charming outdoor terrace for a spot of alfresco drinking and dining, while for more exclusive occasions there are two private dining rooms.

As for the menu, you can expect a four-course a la carte which is inspired by the flavours of Northern Italy. Begin your meal with antipasti, which include chef Bazzoni’s own recipe for charcoal flour bread, as well as crispy cannelloni of Dorset crab with bisque jelly and preserved lemon gel, or roasted veal sweetbread with fresh peas and girolles with almond foam. Starters meanwhile include potato and truffle tortellini with mushrooms and a miso broth, or scallops raviolo with monks beards in a Vermouth and lavender sauce. For the main event, try the likes of
fermented cauliflower steak with girolles, wild garlic and summer truffle with cocoa butter, or Turbot t-bone with razor clams and sea vegetables with dill scented broth.

Decadent desserts include pistachio cake and raspberry sorbet with mascarpone and raspberry mousse, or Amalfi lemon curd with olive oil crumble and crispy meringue, while the drinks list champions Italian wines, alongside Champagnes and house cocktails.

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Menu Highlights

Pan-fried squid - £16.00

Pan-fried squid, stracciatella, tomato gazpacho and gariguette strawberry

Ricotta and parmesan agnolotti - £17.00

Ricotta and parmesan agnolotti, broad beans, mint and preserved lemon

Main Courses
Seafood risotto for two - £52.00

Red Sicilian prawn, Orkney scallops, Cornish mussels, Dorset crab and clams

BBQ lamb rack and belly - £32.00

BBQ lamb rack and belly, Isle of Wight tomato, courgette and smoked goat’s cheese

Apricot souffle - £13.00

Apricot souffle, amaretto biscuit ice cream


Can you book Magenta?

Yes, booking in advance is recommended but walk-ins are welcome when there is space.

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Does Magenta open for lunch?

Yes, lunch is served between 12.30-3pm.

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Does Magenta offer vegetarian options?

Yes, there are vegetarian options on the menu.

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Does Magenta offer gluten-free options?

Yes! Please advise when booking.

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What is the menu like at Magenta?

Italian and Modern European - like you've never experienced it!

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This venue also offers

Private Group Dining



23 Euston Road, King's Cross, London, NW1 2SD

020 3146 0222 020 3146 0222


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 17:30-21:30
Wed 17:30-21:30
Thu 17:30-21:30
Fri 17:30-21:30
Sat 17:30-21:30
Sun Closed


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4 Reviews 


13 July 2023  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 5

Nalini C

15 April 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

Aman A

09 April 2023  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4

Tasty food and awesome service. Will definitely return

Richard C

01 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Perfect for a business lunch. Amazing quality in the plate and great friendly service. Can only recommend and will definitely return. 

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