Monday, 15 April 2013

caravan, king's cross

Having moved into the vicinity of King's Cross Station for several months, I have very quickly fallen in love with the gem that is Caravan, tucked away at Granary Square.

The building that Caravan is set in is an old granary store and the interiors of the restaurant have been kept raw and warehouse-like, which gives it a very cool vibe. There is a variety of seating, from comfy sofas with round tables to benches and long tables, and you can even sit at the bar, giving the place a lively and casual feel. At meal times, the place is usually buzzing with action from a mixed crowd of suits and students from the university campus right by it.

The frequently changing menu features a variety of small and large plates for sharing (as has become very much the trend these days), coupled with daily specials. One of the daily specials that we tried this time was the fried brie served on a crumble with candied bacon, which was every bit as luscious as it sounds.

Off the regular menu, we had chorizo and sweet potato croquettes - again, a combination that sounds great on paper and translated well into reality. The croquette crust was light and the sweet potato with chorizo is a moreish rush of flavour.

We also tried the tofu tempura with shiitake mushrooms. Tofu in tempura is an intriguing combination of conflicting textures and the shiitake mushrooms brought a great twang of flavour to the otherwise mild flavour of tofu - an unexpected but well thought out combination.

We then shared two large plates, the first being the lamb tajine. The tagline of Caravan mentions 'well travelled food' and they certainly show the versatility of their kitchen with a great tajine that reminds me of being in Marrakesh. The flavours and textures are as colourful and diverse as they should be, with the lamb very tender and succulent.

Finally, we had the pearl barley risotto, something which I've not actually had before. The porcini mushrooms and truffled mascarpone makes a great combination and would have worked in a regular risotto, but the pearl barley worked particularly well because it is lighter and less glutinous than rice. I could easily have finished this entire plate on my own!

To finish, I of course had to have Caravan's 'mighty fine coffee'. In fact, I first came across Caravan when they were selling coffee back at Feast, where I had a wonderful Flat White that saved my frozen fingers from falling off, and the coffee is just as good in store as it was back then.

Having first visited Caravan about a month ago, I have since been back a couple of times now and I have been very impressed by the quality and creativity of their food! With the convenience of their location, long opening hours and reasonable prices, I can totally see myself becoming a regular!

Food: 8/10
Environment: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Price: £ £ out of 5

You can find the Caravan home page here.

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