When I think of brunch, the first place that springs to mind is the Caravan in King’s Cross! Ever since our friends took us there 4 years ago, we fell in love with this place… their industrial chic decor with pumping music and excellent coffee makes it a really cool place to wind down on the weekends! We haven’t been back for a while so decided to go back for brunch yesterday. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite get the timing right… By the time we got there, it was a bit of a too late for lunch but too early for dinner situation!
So we got an in-betweener to line the stomach whilst waiting for the kitchen to re-open. Their coffee is definitely one of the best I’ve had in London and likewise this cherry and coconut muffin. I loved the texture of biting into the coconut flakes mixed in with the muffin and the cherry flavour yet not overpowered by excessive sugar.
This led us nicely into the main courses. We’re pretty familiar with their brunch menu, but this is the first we’ve ordered from their All-Day menu. Equally good!
For the starter, we shared a jalapeño cornbread with chipotle butter, coriander and lime. The bread literally melts in your mouth and the jalapeño chilli adds a nice kick to the taste.
Followed by crayfish salad and grilled sea bass. I find both dishes are inspired by south-east Asian flavours… My kind of food really! However, the salad is a bit on the sour side, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t have a sour tooth. We thoroughly enjoyed the sea bass dish though… dipping the fish into the rich and coconutty curry… mm-hmm.
We’d always switch our dishes halfway so that we can experience both flavours! One of the fringe benefits of having a husband I suppose… 🙂
Where is it?
Caravan King’s Cross is located in, yep you guessed it, King’s Cross / St Pancras station behind all the new development on Granary Square. It’s less than 15min walk from the station. The best way to get there we’ve found is from King’s Cross underground station, walk towards the northern line then look for the ‘Granary Square’ exit and just follow the path to Granary Square. They also have a terrace dining area if you fancy sitting outside. You can also watch the kids run around in the fountains whilst sipping your coffee.
If you go there for brunch, make sure you get there early (i.e. before 10 am) to bag a table as they don’t take bookings. Otherwise, you will need to wait as they are ALWAYS full. They do take reservations for dinner though. But their brunch menu is definitely worth waiting for if there is a queue.
The square was extra filled up yesterday because KERB’s Street Food has set up their food and drink carts there (they are usually set up along King’s Cross boulevard Wed-Fri, 12-2 pm if you are interested). Perfect on a nice summer day. So after our meal, we went to check out the stalls (no we didn’t try any of the street food although it was tempting!), listened to the band and went for a walk along the river.
Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!
Thank you for reading… enjoy the rest of your weekend.