The Coal Office

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Designer Tom Dixon clearly has a thing for canals. His old HQ was by the Grand Union Canal at the top of Ladbroke Grove and featured a restaurant where chef Stevie Parle shot to fame. For his new place he’s chosen a brick warehouse from 1851 that gently curves around the Regent’s Canal in Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross, immediately recognisable from the other restaurants in the new development by the Melt pendant lights that glow like illuminated amoeba from the windows of Dixon’s shop, studio and restaurant.

Cheffing duties this time around fall to Assaf Granit, the brains behind the world-famous Machneyuda in Jerusalem and a collaborator on The Palomar and Barbary. Some of The Palomar’s greatest hits are here, including addictive kubaleh bread to scoop up the sweet and sour of tomato confit and reduced yoghurt, while The Palomar’s deconstructed shikshukit kebab has been reconstructed as a superbly juicy chunk of lamb and beef – the best thing we ate.

Other dishes and flavours were new to us – ‘ironed chicken’ on a remarkable layer of violet polenta and black bulgur, by turns smooth and crunchy, and aubergine melted to a sticky pulp from the Josper oven so that it tasted transformed into essence of aubergine.

Not everything is so successful – shish barak, a sort of yoghurt ravioli, was a bland disappointment, ditto a fig-leaf ice cream, made on site – and prices are punchy to say the least: £16 struck us as very steep for a starter-sized portion of kebab that provided about four mouthfuls; arrive with an appetite and expect a food bill of £40 a head for the food alone. 

And while the 160-seat site, spread over a restaurant, chef’s table, bar and roof terrace, might not have the hugger-mugger intimacy of Granit’s previous London restaurants, the vibe provided by global beats, shouts from an open kitchen and, especially, Dixon’s beguiling design imprint provide a seductively hypnotic buzz. If Coal Office is anything to go by, the rest of Coal Drops Yard is going to be smoking hot.              

Good to know about The Coal Office

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Middle Eastern
Ambience
Buzzy, Cool, Fun
People
Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Rooftop, Waterside
Other Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining

Location for The Coal Office

2 Bagley Walk, London, N1C 4PQ

Opening Times of The Coal Office

Mon-Sun 6pm-11pm

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Mr. Mark D

On trend and on the money
05 February 2019
The combination of great food, informed service, beautiful setting and the sense of privilege at securing a table – it’s full houses most sessions – makes this one of the stand-out restaurant experiences of early 2019
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Ms/Mrs. Chris H

Interesting food
12 September 2018
I attended a showcase event a couple of weeks ago and then went back for a meal last week. I can certainly recommend the Sashimi Uri Style (Kingfisher, ginger vinaigrette), Shikshukit 2.0 (lambe and beef kebab, tahini sour, aubergine, pita), Seafood Chraime (Tomatoes and pepper stew, Yemen pancake), and the Octopus special. The staff were very attentive. You can enjoy a pre-dinner drink from the deck overlooking the canal or visit Tom Dixon's workshop.
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