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The Coal Office

4-10 Bagley Walk Arches

London N1C 4DH Greater London, United Kingdom

The Coal Office in King’s Cross have launched a Fresh Food Hub. What does that mean? It means you can follow their Instagram to find out which recipe they’ll be making tomorrow and pre-order it today by emailing ToYou@CoalOffice.com. Or if you’re feeling a little wild you can also get the ingredients delivered and follow the recipe yourself.

What It Is: An upscale middle-eastern restaurant at Granary Square from the team behind The Palomar.

Perfect For: Impressing Out Of Towners, Action At The Bar, Date Night

Despite arriving at 6pm, just as they opened, we were told they were all booked up and so we’d have to sit at the counter. This wasn’t a problem because the counter overlooks the open kitchen, and if you’ve ever eaten at The Palomar you’ll know just how fun it can be to watch these chefs do their thing. We were greeted with a shot of punch to get us started, and followed up with a couple of excellent cocktails and the kubalah, one of three freshly baked breads on offer. It was served with yoghurt, and we ordered a plate of chilli dips to go with it. It was incredible. A few of the sharing plates were underwhelming (sashimi, polenta) but the chicken liver pate was fantastic, as was a fig dessert which was served with tahini ice cream.

Verdict: This is an exciting place to be, but it’s expensive, and the food didn’t hit all the marks we hoped it would. We’ll be back to give it another try before deciding whether it gets a spot on the Hit List.

The Coal Office might sound like the kind of place you visited on a particularly rubbish school trip to find out about the industrial revolution, but it’s actually a mediterranean/middle-eastern inspired restaurant from the people behind The Palomar. This 160 seater in King’s Cross, is serving small plates, including something called ‘plate for the brave’ (no idea), and big plates like sea bass fillet with Israeli couscous.

We checked out The Coal Office and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report

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