So, I’d been dying to try Caravan King’s Cross for some time – a hot brunch spot that had been all over the media so after a big night out we decided to check it out.
The restaurant is built in an old grain store across a bridge in a revamped area of King’s Cross – Granary Square – I loved the warehouse building feel with it’s open kitchen and coffee roastery, big windows, raw walls, wooden tables and lots of light coming in keeping the place bright and airy. Behind the bar is a no-man’s land of industrial-scale equipment for, presumably, roasting and grinding fresh beans. These Antipodean coffee places have been springing up all over London – Flat White in Soho kicked the movement off – and Caravan is said to be one of the best. Without a doubt the coffee was lush as was the fresh juices and breakfast tea that we ordered.
The restaurant doesn’t take bookings so we waited for 30 minutes before being seated – we were able to wait near the roastery watching the coffee beans being ground and made into lattes and flat whites. I did see several empty tables and given it was such a hot day, it seemed too busy for the staff to cope. Once we were seat, we quickly ordered: poached eggs on sourdough bread with a side of roasted field mushrooms and Neil went for: Coffee cured salmon, fennel, orange, crème fraîche, rye bread. There were some other interesting dishes such as coconut bread or Raclette and spinach French toast, bacon, watercress which sound appealing!
Food was great but I found the portions too small – considering this to be breakfast and lunch portions which was a shame. Normally you get two slices of bread but here they only give you one slice for each dish.
I was glad to have tried here but wouldn’t go back – it was expensive for what you got and definitely not a filling meal plus the service was hit and miss….perhaps now the hype is over it has lost it’s touch…