A couple of years ago if someone suggested to go to Kings Cross for food I’d think , ‘hmm, what’s there though?’ These days you’ve got the likes of Granger & Co, Grain Store, Vinoteca, and of course, Caravan.
Caravan is housed in the stunning old Victorian grain store and was the first restaurant to open within the king’s cross partnership development behind the station. The restaurant itself is completely designed with the building’s history in mind with a soft industrial dinning room and they’ve combined it with an open kitchen – which is visible but separated by a wire mesh. It’s raw walls, an exposed ventilation system overhead, blond wood tables all add to the industrial feel of the restaurant. Behind the bar there’s a no-man’s land of equipment – presumably for roasting and grinding fresh coffee beans.
It’s a hive of activity – I’ve been here once for a Christmas party and twice for brunch now. But brunch is what Caravan does best, and it’s no wonder you can sometimes wait up to an hour for a table.
They have simple options of toasts with toppings such as cheddar and onion jam, or crushed avocado with lemon and chilli – to jalapeno cornbreads served with fried eggs, salsa and creme fraiche, or confit trout, jersey royals, peas and a curry mayonnaise.
Last weekend I have the pleasure of introducing my bestfriend from university to the delights of Caravan, as of course I had to show her some of the best London can offer. We were seated on a table the the door – but after a couple of belinis we could no longer feel the draught.
After pondering over their menu for what seemed like decades, I chose the sweet potato and cumin waffle which is topped with cucumber raita, mango puree and coconut. Emily went for the aubergine puree, poached eggs, sourdough and sausage.
The flavours in my dish complimented each other perfectly – the sweetness of the mango being balanced by the cucumber raita.
Emily’s Turkish-inspired dish consists of a wonderfully smokey flavour which the sausage adding the needed saltiness. The eggs were overcooked but she raved about the food nonetheless.
Their avocado on sourdough toast is also to die for – it’s just a simple dish but it’s done so well, and there’s no skimping on the avocado either!
I honestly can’t sing Caraven’s praises enough – it’s the perfect spot for brunch with dishes that will set you up for the whole day.
Caravan, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA