Restaurant Review: Coal Office Restaurant. If you’re a fan of Tom Dixon’s lighting and furniture, you really should book a table at the Coal Office Restaurant. Tom has teamed up with chef Assaf Granit to stir your senses. If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Kings Cross, places to eat in Coal Drops Yard or the Middle Eastern food in N1C, this is the place for you.
“Combine Tom Dixon interiors with inventive Middle Eastern cuisine and you have a recipe for success,” Homegirl London
Coal Office Restaurant Brunch Menu
Homeboy and I booked a table for brunch here last Sunday. We were told that the dishes are designed for sharing and that we should select a bread, two items from the starters and two from the mains. This was a lot of food so next time we’d probably order less and leave room for dessert.
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The brunch menu featured a selection of breads to begin. We settled on the Kabalah which is a brioche type bread served with reduced yogurt, tomato confit and fresh oregano. You rip off a piece of the Kabalah to spoon up a bit of the delicious dip. Other options as Manakish, a Levantine food which similar to a pizza, served with Msabbaha, Levant hummus. Or you can try the Lions Gate Pretzel with green harissa and dry za’atar.
From the ‘To Start’ section of the menu we decided on Kussa which was courgettes with za’atar vinaigrette, nana and chickpeas. This looked fresh and a beautiful green colour when it arrived at the table, it tasted as fabulous as it looked! The Josperized aubergines with green tahini and pistachio was mushy so we used the last of our bread to soak it up. Other delights included a Moroccan Fennel Salad and Seabass.
The mains, or ‘To Continue’ included Ironed Chicken, Steak with Eggs, Lamb and Beef Kebab and Bourekas with Boiled Eggs all with Middle Eastern flavours. We ordered the Shakshuka Aduma which is a tomato and pepper stew with poached eggs which we asked to be well cooked. The Uzbekian Freekeh Risotto sounded too good to miss so we shared a portion of that as well. The vegan and vegetarian options weren’t highlighted on the menu so you will have to ask which ones they are.
As I mentioned, we were absolutely stuffed after all the food. That was a shame because I did browse the dessert menu and it was very tempting. Treat yourself to the Chocolate Overdose, Cheese Cake or Tahini Ice Cream with Sesame Cookies. If you are celebrating order yourselves a Mimosa, Bellini or Bloody Mary! To give you an idea of prices, the beads are £4.5-6.5, starters £8.5-12, mains £14-17 and desserts are £7.50-9.
Coal Office Restaurant Interiors
If you want to combine a wonderful meal with super stylish interiors, this is the place for you. It’s perfect for a hot date, celebration or gathering with fabulous foodie friends. Tom Dixon has designed the interiors which combine the bones of a Victorian warehouse building with his designer furniture and lighting. The exposed bare bricks and industrial touches fused with dark furniture and abundance of pendant lightings make this a very special dining space. The open kitchen with counter stools showcases the chef and his team at work. There are tables outside which is perfect for people watching on a sunny day.
Coal Office Restaurant Information
To find out more go to the Coal Office Website. The restaurant address is 2 Bagley Walk, London N1C 4PQ. If you were a raver back in the day, yes this is where Bagley’s used to be! Coal Drops Yard is the latest redevelopment of the Kings Cross area which is just behind Kings Cross station. You will find plenty of shops and interesting things to do in the vicinity. Weekend brunch is served at the Coal Office from 10am until 4pm. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week and brunch plus dinner at the weekend. Make sure you book a table and enjoy! Don’t forget to visit the Tom Dixon showroom shop which is below the restaurant.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me.