Thursday, May 26, 2011

Recent arrivals

Here are some places that have opened and closed in King’s Cross in the last few months.

Reinforcing its position as the place to go for Asian restaurants, King’s Cross Road has seen the arrival of:

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  • Sen Viet, a Vietnamese restaurant that brings currently fashionable Banh Mi (Vietnamese baguettes) to the area.
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  • Shibuya - a Japanese restaurant in the old pub that was previously occupied by Konstam at the Prince Albert (which sadly closed last year).

Just up the road, Swintons wine bar is under new management and now serves Malaysian food. These places join existing Asian neighbours Itadaki Zen, Taste of Asia and Thai Aubergine.

Meanwhile, the Caledonian Road - which has already become a focus for cute and quirky places - has recently welcomed:

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  • Vx from the Secret Society of Vegans and also
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  • VOC (across the yard from Camino) which has replaced Cellar N1 and will sell you punches inspired by the 17th Century Dutch East India Company with names like Bergamot Grog and Dog’s Nose.

Down in the bowels of King’s Cross St Pancras tube station, Café and Tapas is a recent addition to a chain of cafes that arrived from Spain last year.

On the hotel front, the magnificent and much written about

Finally, as reported already, KFC have left the area.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Chickened out

Many of the first visitors to KXLDN were Googlers of the phrase “kfc kings cross closed” so I thought I’d get the blog up and running with a post for you KFC-hunters.

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I can take or leave KFC (usually leave), but the tiny King’s Cross branch used to get queues at lunchtime and was often packed out in the early hours at weekends. If anything they could probably have used a bigger site, but instead they closed at the beginning of May.

I was going to email KFC to see what was happening but a few days later the answer became clear when the King’s Cross branch vanished from their website. So for the time being at least it looks as if they’re gone.

Maybe they’ll show up again in the re-developed King’s Cross station next year, but judging by this map on their website it doesn’t look as if their plans involve having much of a presence in central London these days:

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KFC was in a prime location and I’ll update the site when a new business turns up there, but on May 13th it looked like this:

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Meanwhile if you still need a chicken fix, the nearest KFCs are in Camden and Islington, while round here you can find Nando’s, Q’s Chicken and King Rooster.