robert and I are creatures of habit when it comes to food; we like good ethnic food, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Chinese – things that you can’t cook as well at home, so we always frequent the same restaurants. however in the last few months we seem to have visited new places – usually with friends or showing visiting friends new things.
we finally made it to Skylon, the restaurant above the Royal Festival Hall; we actually were going to see a concert there, and as it was 6.30pm, we decided to have the set evening meal, or pre theatre deal that they label it, which is great value, and very good. we chose the brasserie bit over the main restaurant, but both seem very good value for 2 or 3 courses – starting from £20. I think we have always had a problem trying to book in the evenings, but on a Monday and pre concert, it was fairly easy and one that I would definitely do again.
another place that we have visited once before is J. Sheekey, tucked in a small street, just opposite the national portrait gallery and quite close to Cecil Place (vintage books); again we went for pre theatre set dinner in the brasserie and this was excellent; in fact we ate in both the restaurant and the brasserie and J. Sheekey has now become our favourite restaurant for food and atmosphere – the go to place for a special occasion – it offers that old world glamour away from the multi chains that are taking over our high streets and now our local communities too.
Tom Dixon’s new restaurant at the newly refurbished Coaldrops Yard is a fascinating and interesting place to take guests – a bustling busy place, we sat at the bar where you could watch the chefs hard at work; it’s middle eastern in style, Israeli food – quite similar to Otto lenghi, interesting, but a lot of big flavours. its quite atmospheric walking round the new Kings cross area at night with all the xmas lights and the canal boats floating by. Tom’s shop is spectacular and all his things are so covetable – from a small candle, to a floor lamp and armchair! afterwards, take a walk to the Waiting room bar at kings cross station, its quite a nice place to have a coffee to finish the evening.
Gymkhana is the sister restaurant of Trishna and is very tasty Indian food; I am not a great lover of Indian food, but occasionally I get these cravings and actually the food here is more delicate and they are very attentive to food allergies. all these restaurants are very popular, so book in advance.