Self confessed restaurantaholic Stella Katterman steps up to the plate to name (and occasionally shame) London’s latest gastronomic offerings for Hunger TV. First up for the taste test is Caravan in King’s Cross.
“Once upon a time fusion was the culinary “it” word in the restaurant scene. Every chef was desperately trying to mix flavours and national cuisines that more often than not the results were overwhelming in their premise (and length of menu description) and underwhelming in their flavour.
This is why I was a little apprehensive when I first studied Caravan’s menu online, which seemed full of dishes I had never heard of and mixed intriguing ingredients and textures from different countries through a list small plates. But Caravan had won my approval before I had even tasted the first mouthful. The location and the carefully designed interior added as much to the overall dinning experience as the food.
Walking up to the restaurant from Kings Cross station – it being another great addition in the regeneration programme that has seen a favourite of mine the Filling Station open up in this previously rather desolate and industrial area – I was greeted by a stunning light and water installation outside the restaurant and couldn’t help but take a few snaps of the great contrast it created with the railway station as a backdrop. This attention to detail continued inside. Residing in a old grain refinery, Caravan has struck just the right balance between barren and industrial and refined and welcoming, and the whole atmosphere made it place where food and people watching go hand in hand.
When it came to ordering we chose adventurously, trying to sample as many of the unfamiliar dishes as possible. Of course some of these were more successful than others, favourites were the grits with girolles and truffle oil, the cornbread with chipotle butter and the smoked trout, curry mayonnaise and french beans, while others were rather small considering pricing or lacked that certain wow factor that their description promised on paper. But as someone that turns up at more new restaurants than Katie Price does at envelope openings, I enjoyed being faced with unknown and challenging flavour combinations, and although it is a bit too pricey to make it a weekly haunt I will definitely come back to give my taste buds an occasional work out.”
Read more from Stella here.