You might not think of King’s Cross as a food destination. Whether that’s because you get flashbacks of being hit in the face with a suitcase on your way out of St Pancras, or because it’s where you work, or because you just don’t think about it all except as somewhere you change onto the Victoria line. But when it’s not pouring down with rain, King’s Cross is a very pleasant place to be, not least because of the excellent food options in the area. And of them all, these are our favourite places to get some lunch, whether you’re in Coal Drops Yard, Granary Square or King’s Cross Road
Perfect for: catch-ups over steamed bao and bubble tea.
Unlike Bao’s other spots, this King’s Cross café is firstly, quite spacious, and secondly, less about a confit pork-packed meals and more about delicious sweet stuff wrapped up in equally delicious steamed dough. We’re talking salted egg custard sad face bao - which yes, look exactly as cute as they sound - and molten chocolate and cherry bao. But don’t worry, we’re not sending you off to get dessert as lunch (though it’s not a bad idea), because they have all sorts of savoury options. From lobster and crayfish bao and hamburger bao, to 40-day-aged beef steak rice with cheese, as well as some fun baked things like a certified genius steamed dough sausage roll. And if you have any space after all that, get one of their tasty bubble teas.
Perfect for: one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in London.
There are days when you’re ‘feeling something healthy’ (Mondays), and there are days when you’re in the mood for something greasy that you will inevitably eat too quickly. If your sandwich maker was (or is) a George Foreman or a Breville then you’ll be familiar with the scalding a cheese toastie can give to the top of your mouth. So the next time you have an impatient craving - it’s so delicious, but also painful - think about heading to Morty & Bob’s in King’s Cross instead. Their grilled cheese sandwiches are some of London’s finest. The classic involves cheddar, Gruyère, and healthy handful of chopped onions.
Perfect for: a comforting curry that’ll keep you full till 10pm.
This brave little spot opened in the midst of the pandemic, and the Coal Drops Yard restaurant scene is all the better for it. It’s a tiny little Japanese curry shop with a super concise menu. We’re talking literally three things: beef curry, chicken curry, and vegan curry - all of which come with rice, and all of which are under a tenner. The curry sauce here is the kind of rich, thick sauce that has all the same wellbeing benefits of a weighted blanket. It’s comforting, nap-inducing, and, overall, a great experience. This is a lunch that keeps you going until the evening, whether you get it to takeaway, or eat at one of the outdoor tables on Stable Street, with an ice-cold Ramune to wash it down with.
Perfect for: dim sum... and duck.
You know what the ultimate power move is? Leaving the office hungry, walking right past the Boots meal deals and towards this excellent Cantonese spot on King’s Cross Road instead. There’s no point beating around the bush here: this is the best all-round Cantonese we’ve eaten in London. The dumplings, from xiaolongbao to cheung fun, are superb. A trio of delicate glass wrapper prawn and chive dumplings and a foursome of bathing pork balls have taken permanent residence in our brain. And although it’s a tiny little space, it’s worth finding the time for in the hope of getting a table.
Perfect for: a perfectly nice light lunch that’s a two minute walk from the station.
Sometimes you just want something safe. And this all-day Australian cafe is consistently safe. In fact it’s never let us down. The third of four London locations, the menu at their Pancras Square branch is full of fresh salads and bowls. For a lunch situation we’d stick to the small plates and bowls, and those ricotta hotcakes. It’s not cheap, but it’s a proper sit-down lunch and if you do it right you can probably keep it to under £15.
YOU’VE FINISHED LUNCH. NOW WHAT?
If you’re in the mood for something sweet:
Grab a couple of scoops from Ruby Violet’s ice cream parlour on Wharf Road (or from their truck that’s often parked at the Granary Square bridge).
If you’re already thinking about dinner:
If lunch has opened the fiery pits of your stomach and made you even more hungry, book a table at our favourite Sri Lankan spot in the area, Hoppers. Get the bone marrow varuval, lamb shank buriani, and obviously the egg hoppers. But if you really want to do it right, just get as many dishes as you can fit at your table.
If you need some caffeine, like, ASAP:
Head to industrial-looking cafe Caravan, they roast their own coffee beans and have plenty of al fresco seating.
Or check out our full guide on Where To Eat Near King’s Cross.