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The Coal Office

4-10 Bagley Walk Arches

London N1C 4DH Greater London, United Kingdom

What It Is: An upscale middle-eastern restaurant at Granary Square from the team behind The Palomar.

Perfect For: Impressing Out Of Towners, Action At The Bar, Date Night

Despite arriving at 6pm, just as they opened, we were told they were all booked up and so we’d have to sit at the counter. This wasn’t a problem because the counter overlooks the open kitchen, and if you’ve ever eaten at The Palomar you’ll know just how fun it can be to watch these chefs do their thing. We were greeted with a shot of punch to get us started, and followed up with a couple of excellent cocktails and the kubalah, one of three freshly baked breads on offer. It was served with yoghurt, and we ordered a plate of chilli dips to go with it. It was incredible. A few of the sharing plates were underwhelming (sashimi, polenta) but the chicken liver pate was fantastic, as was a fig dessert which was served with tahini ice cream.

Verdict: This is an exciting place to be, but it’s expensive, and the food didn’t hit all the marks we hoped it would. We’ll be back to give it another try before deciding whether it gets a spot on the Hit List.

The Coal Office know bread. Whether you go here for lunch, dinner, or a grab-and-go, you should absolutely their kubalah. It’s available with tahini and grated tomatoes if you’re eating in, or as part of a variety of sandwiches for takeaway. If you do choose to stay, try and get one of their tables out on the terrace overlooking the rest of Coal Drops Yard.

The Coal Office in King’s Cross have started a Fresh Food Hub. Which means you can follow their Instagram to find out which recipe they’re going to be making tomorrow and pre-order it today by emailing ToYou@CoalOffice.com. If you’d rather make it yourself, there’s the option of having the ingredients delivered so you can follow the recipe with them.

The Coal Office in King’s Cross have launched a Fresh Food Hub. What does that mean? It means you can follow their Instagram to find out which recipe they’ll be making tomorrow and pre-order it today by emailing ToYou@CoalOffice.com. Or if you’re feeling a little wild you can also get the ingredients delivered and follow the recipe yourself.

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