I may have missed the lunchtime rush (work getting in the way of eating again), but the opening day of King’s Boulevard down at King’s Cross today was a cracker.
The four inaugural stalls that traded were all smiles by the time lunch had finished, the sun was shining and the enthusiasm for this new pitch, on London’s newest street was palpable (seriously, it’s not even on Google Maps yet, hence no map on this post).
Homeslice, with their ever so simple yet delicious pizza menu attracted the Central Martins crowd who must have finished their lectures at 3pm, as a wave drifted past, failing to resist the smells coming from the wood fired oven – it’s kind of unfair really to situate yourself right outside a university, the perpetually hungry students don’t stand a chance with this lot around.
Jamon Jamon also had a late run on their paella, another hit with passers by, who stopped, looked, smelled and asked questions about “how long” and “when” to whoever was listening, a lucky few claiming the last few serves.
Healthy Yummies one dish menu of scallops served in their shells, with the fabulous combination of celeriac puree, bacon and sea vegetables was perhaps a little eclectic for the tastes of the construction workers who took their leave but for me, an amazing combination of flavours, the salty, crispy sea veg really setting off the perfectly cooked scallop and crispy bacon – beautiful to look at but even better to taste.
Bhangra Burgers was, not surprisingly, a hit with the local construction crews, still busy building apartments and offices in and around the huge construction site King’s Cross will be for sometime yet. The fiery smells coming from the grill hard for anyone to resist.
The site, in a way, is perfect. A short walk to the underground yet far enough away (for the moment) to the high street hustle and bustle of King’s Cross St Pancras stations to the south, it satisfies the stomachs of the people who now populate this area: highly individual thinkers, people who question the norm.
The construction of a whole new part of London frames this space for now, but somehow it’s nice to stand in a spot and see the view constantly changing around you.
Like the site itself, the Eat St collective of traders will change and rotate, opening at this little pocket every Thursday and Friday from 10-4pm. Expect big and delicious things ….
(With big thanks to Petra of Eat St for inviting me down and all the traders for a warm welcome and letting me take photos)