A Spanish haven in London's King's Cross
Where?3 Varnisher’s Yard, The Regent Quarter, King’s Cross, N1 9FD (020 7841 7331, www.barcamino.com)
A little bit of Spain in King’s Cross? Camino is a new Spanish bar and restaurant in London’s King’s Cross. Though not traditionally known as an area for top cuisine, Camino sits in a secluded courtyard square off the main roads, making it perfect for summer evening drinks.
Is it all tapas and paella? Camino means road, way, or path, and the restaurant is all about celebrating the range of food and drink available across the breadth of Spain. Even the menu is a fold-out map, with dishes dotted across the regions they originate from, rather than simply listed.
So more about obscure regional specialties? All food is seasonal and fresh, with particular attention spent on the origin of ingredients. All fish is wild and caught off the coast of Cornwall, while meats and eggs are free range and bought from hand-picked farms. The menu is concise, with tapas-style starters and main dishes all being cooked on the authentic Spanish grill. Though there are options for all, this is a great stop for meat lovers. The steaks are a real speciality, and the grilled fish dishes also looked delicious.
What about drinks? With the bar spilling out into the courtyard, Camino is a great spot just to stop off for drinks. When we went on a Thursday night, both the bar and restaurant were buzzing, and had a great atmosphere.
Need to know? Do ask your waiters for recommendations. With a varied array of side dishes and starters, ours knew exactly what would compliment the mains, and gave us a delicious selection of dishes.