Bar + Block

In London, steak is a rare medium well-done. Especially when you’re on a budget.

Or at least it was that way until Bar + Block opened its doors.

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Nestled right behing Kings Cross station, Bar + Block has everything it needs to satisfying meat-craving travellers on a budget.

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There’s a big bar, natural, red leather, wood & copper-led decoration and plenty of big, comfy booths to host your steak party.

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There’s also meaty popcorn & nicely crafted, very reasonably priced cocktails.

And if that’s not every traveller’s dream, I really don’t know what is.

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Though I’m sure the American inspired small plates come not far behind…

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There’s plenty to choose from, but make sure you don’t miss out on the mac ‘n’ cheese bites.

Especially grate when dunked into Bar + Block signature tangy n’ spicy Fiery Black Sauce!

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For the main event, there’s only one way to go – steak.

Once again, there’s a lot to choose from, but the signature ‘spiral cuts’ are the best.

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Unless you include the sweet potato fries with corizo, feta & coriander, that is!

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All topped up with Asian coleslaw for your daily vitamin intake…

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…and this chocolate-y, brownie-y, toffee-y churros-topped wonder because every day, even the most tedious of Mondays, should feel like Sundae!

No need to wait for the weekend though – with reasonable pricing (especially considering the gigantic portion sizes), convenient location and friendly, efficient service, next time your friends are grilling you, you know where to take them!

Bar + Block, 26-30 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9AA

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Dishoom

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Brunch at Dishoom

I don’t usually give another chance to restaurants that disappoint the first time around but I made an exception for Dishoom.

Truth be told, after our last visit, I really wasn’t keen to go back. For me, it simply wasn’t worth the hype.

But many people told me that going for dinner was a mistake, and brunch was what Dishoom was all about.

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And so, after hearing the same advice from quite a few foodie friends, I finally gave in and booked a table for breakfast at their dazzingly beautiful King’s Cross venue.

(yes, BOOK! Quite an improvement on the 30 min+ in the cold already!)

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Once again, Dishoom signature decor, a mix of Bombay knick-knacks and vintage touches, took my breath away.

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The carefully thought-out details and the smell of Chai…

The second you step in, you’re transported miles away from London and its rain into the heart of India’s cultural capital: Bombay, home of Bollywood and the famous Irani cafés Dishoom was inspired by.

But did the food measure up?

Considering it’s been in basically every ‘London’s best brunch’ list, we came with high expectations.

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And having at heart to do as thourough a job as humanly possible, we covered the table in as many dishes as we could manage.

And here’s the good news. Some of it was very good indeed.

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Top of the list being Dishoom’s famous Bacon Naan Roll.

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Freshly baked tandoor naan, graced with a touch of cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs, and wrapped around rock-salt cured streaky bacon.

A Dishoom signature dish truly deserving of its accolades.

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Not bad either were the Masala beans.

A massive portion for £1.5, with just enough warming chilli and a little sprinkle of fresh coriander, it is the perfect brunch side and anything but your usual baked beans.

Unfortunately, the rest of our selection wasn’t quite as successful.

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Akuri – An Irani café staple of spicy scrambled eggs with onion and tomato, piled up alongside plump pau buns and served with grilled tomato.

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A winner on paper, but while it tasted quite nice with a nice kick of green chilli and fresh coriander, the texture of the eggs was truly awful as they were dry, yet with plenty of liquid leaking out (presumably from the chopped vegetables not being pre-cooked).

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Kejriwal (fried eggs on chilli cheese toast) was even more of a disappointment, as the inviting orange-yolked eggs were un-evenly cooked (one was runny and the other entirely cooked through) and so covered in cracked black pepper that it was impossible to taste anything else. Quite a shame, really.

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And if the Chai was alright (not the best I’ve had, but not the worse either, and really quite helpful if you’re nursing a bit of a cold as I was that day), the Red grape & lemon wasn’t quite so. Too much lemon ruined the balance of the juice and brought out the unpleasant bitterness of grapes, instead of enhancing its natural sweetness.

So once again, Dishoom was quite a hit-or-miss sort of experience.

But if you stay right away from the fancy-looking options, and focus all your attention on the Bacon naan roll, it is actually quite a good brunch option!

Bacon, naan, chai. Sold.

Dishoom King’s Cross, 5 Stable St, London N1C 4AB – Book a table here

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Roti King, Kings Cross

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Very good general advice, even though its applicability is debatable when it comes to London restaurants.

It is, however, very much true in the case of Roti King.

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Hidden behind a Gentlemen’s Night Club on a small side street near Euston station, in a cramped, shabby basement you can only access by a small, metal staircase, it’s fair to say it’s not the most dreamy of settings.

And yet, there are queues at the door, day in and day out, for both lunch and dinner.

And you know what? Roti King is very much worth the queues.

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The food they serve might be simple, but it’s stellar in its simplicity.

Especially if you forget about anything listed as a main course and focus all your attention (and appetite) on the staples of Malaysian street food: roti & dhal (sambar).

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The eponymous roti are as good as they could be. Feather-light, soft, thin, buttery and super flaky, they’re any carb-lover dream come true.

Roti King serves a few versions of those, from the traditional Roti Canai (plain roti served with a side of excellent, lightly spiced sambar), to egg, cheese or spinach stuffed versions.

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Get the cheese-stuffed one and a side of sambar, and you’re all set for the best (and cheapest) lunch in a 5-miles radius.

Aaaah, it’s good indeed to be king!

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