Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Breakfast at Caravan, King's Cross London

Caravan is one of those London establishments which infuriates me, no reservations at the weekend means by the time you trek all the way to King's Cross at a respectable time on a Sunday you're often faced with a two hour wait. This queue-factor means that us Brits want to join it even more to find out what all the fuss is about. And despite no longer being a new restaurant, it is still very popular at the weekend meaning hungry Londoners are snaking their way out of the door desperate for a mouthful of pumpkin waffle of jalapeno corn bread with a glug of their famous coffee.

The only way to get around this frustratingly long wait is to go on a weekday, which is exactly what I did. Mid-week this cavernous old grain store is pretty empty, which is great for getting your grub minus the wait, but it doesn't exactly provide a good atmosphere. The high ceilings, open kitchen and bar crave people, business and excitement, which a quiet Tuesday morning doesn't bring unfortunately.

The fountains outside on Granary Square
Lonely city worker

But while the atmosphere was lacking, the food most definitely wasn't. My colleague and I went for the courgette and corn fritters, chilli jam, herbed feta, rocket (£8.50) and a portion of coconut bread, lemon curd cream cheese, rhubarb (£7.50).

We also couldn't help ordering a cheeky side of grilled chorizo (£4.00) to accompany the fritters we had chosen to share.

The fritters were crisp on the outside and soft and delicate inside, while the chilli jam and salty feta really hitting the spot.

I loved how the coconut bread was presented with the rhubarb, it felt like a child's pudding with the lemon curd cream cheese mimicking a thick vanilla custard. Very comforting, even if it takes quite a sweet tooth to eat this first thing in the morning.

And don't forget to order one of their "mighty fine" own roasted coffees, guaranteed to put a spring in your step before heading to the office.

Caravan Restaurant, Bar and Roastery
Granary Building
1 Granary Square (Off Goods Way)
London N1c 4aa
020 7101 7661