If there is something I’ve learned by living in London is that I freaking love Middle Eastern food. The Barbary, Ottolenghi and The Good Egg are, needless to say, my favorite spots in the city. So, it was not a surprise that I was amazed by the new opening by siblings Zoe and Layo Paskin, Coal Office, in collaboration with my renewed favorite British lighting designer, Tom Dixon.
The new restaurant is the third behind this power couple (they run Palomar and The Barbary) and they did not fail to surprise me on their third opening, quite the contrary. King’s Cross is changing dramatically since high-tech companies are moving their biz here. New retailers, coffee shops and and hip workout studios are opening at an increasing pace, so the food business could not be behind.
WHAT WILL YOU GET?
For starters, the bread is to die for. And you can get my heart by getting me good bread. So many choices, it was hard to decide which one was going to be the winner, but I’d say the Kubalaha and the Manakish were our favorites. That puffy bread was in-sane.
Everything on the menu, from starters to desert is fantastic. I am struggling to decided which ones we like the most, but I remember vividly the josperized aubergine, the chicken liver pate, the shikshukit 2.0 (their take on shakshula) and the baked bone marrow. My, oh my.
I’m a sucker for ice-cream, so for dessert I had the tahini ice-cream, which was very peculiar and nice.
WHEN IS IT OPEN? Everyday!!!! And you can book!!! It’s a miracle!!! Open for breakkie from 8-10,30am (which I still need to try), then for lunch 12-3,30pm and last for dinner from 5,30-11pm.
WHERE IS IT EXACTLY? At Coal Drops Yard, 2 Bagley Walk N1C 4PQ
Don’t miss out, it is worth the hype.