I don’t know why it took us so long to discover this place - German Gymnasium (facing St Pancras and King’s Cross stations) is an utterly beautiful restaurant: bright, airy and super-chic. It has an enormous bar with an impressive drinks list, and serves a modern take on German cuisine.
The décor was simply jaw-droppingly beautiful. Re-designed by Tina Norden from Conran & Partners - this huge space was originally built back in 1865, and was the venue for some events when London hosted its first Olympics in 1866.
We actually stumbled upon this place after a late breakfast at Granger & Co.'s King’s Cross outlet right next door, but still couldn’t resist coming in for a couple of salads.
What we ordered:
Consisted of smoked pork sausage, gherkins, red onions, Cheddar, chives and mustard dressing. I much prefer the traditional German version where the sausages are julienned, but I liked the Cheddar here, which has the deep savory flavours that German cheeses don’t have.
Smoked herring with apple, onion and sour cream, on malted rye sunflower bread. It’s much less creamy than the traditional German version. Again, I much preferred the traditional one, but this lighter, German-inspired take on the dish is quite photogenic, and appeals to the young Instagram crowd.
We decided the try a couple of their desserts:
3) Black Forest gâteau
Warm apple strudel with vanilla sauce
Both desserts were rather disappointingly average.
The hot beverages were impressively presented but, again, quite average.
GG Hot Chocolate
Overall, what we had on the plates did not match up to the superlative décor and ambience. We’ll need to return for dinner and see how the kitchen fare with their hot mains.
King’s Boulevard, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BU, UK
Tel: +44 20 7287 8000
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm,
Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm