If you haven’t yet decided where to celebrate your office Christmas party, or fancy a night out on the tiles in Kings Cross, then check out the unassuming little building opposite Kings Cross tube station on Euston Road for your food and drink pleasure.
First you can start downstairs at Megaro bar, which has the feel of an old fashioned cinema, including flip down seats. Friendly bar staff will talk you through their interesting cocktail menu, from which drinks are offered based on acts of a play: so act one will lead you gently into your first sips of alcohol, and if you get all the way to act 4 then you are probably well on your way to celebrating the joys of the season.
Accompanied by salted almonds, the cocktails on offer are a world apart from the bog standard Sex On The Beach and Mojitos (although, no doubt, you can order them if you wish). House specials include a Fisherman’s Martini, Epicolada (their take on a pina colada) and Lavender Hill Mob Fizz. Service is efficient and friendly, and the cocktails are packed full of flavour and alcoholic punch!
Once you have whetted your appetite at Megaro, simply wander upstairs to Karpo restaurant for food to soak up some of that booze.
Karpo describe themselves as an independent neighbourhood brasserie, offering breakfast, weekend brunches, and a broad all-day menu.
There’s a lovely choice of starters, including scallop and chorizo, and a crab salad, as well as classic Caesar salad, carpaccios and terrines. Luckily the restaurant serves homemade bread with butter churned at the restaurant (served with roasted pumpkin seeds and a little pile of seasalt), as the starter portions are not particularly generous.
However, after a disappointing start, when the main courses eventually arrived (there was a long delay between the courses) they were worth the wait. A special of fish with mussels and broth was rich and full of flavour, with the fish cooked to perfection – translucent inside and with a crunch on the skin. Duck breast with confit duck hash was seasoned well, with the duck fat rendered down and the skin crispy. The fig compote was an over generous portion which could not be finished, and a side of broccoli with chilli and anchovy was a bit too fishy for our tastes, but otherwise the main courses were very good.
After the hefty main you probably won’t really need a pudding, but we couldn’t resist ordering a lemon posset and a chocolate delice. Both were rich and creamy and too big to finish, so again made up for the disappointing starter. Each pudding is also paired with a dessert wine, which is a lovely way to finish your meal.