You may remember reading our feature on the new shopping extravaganza that is King’s Cross’ Coal Drops Yard. From DJ sets to Scandi interiors we’re obsessing over, the space has packed in a lot in during these two busy weeks since opening. Designed to be, quite frankly, a millennial dream, it’s easy to get lost in the glam of chic beauty fixtures and the extreme color coordination of the stores and forget about the great eateries on your doorstep.
In an aesthetic upgrade to those shopping malls we used to adore once upon a time, the yard houses the ultimate food court that, in our humble opinion, culminates in Casa Pastor. The team behind El Pastor and Barrafina, two Borough Market staples that have been successfully fueling Londoners’ mad desire for Mexican food, have embarked upon their most ambitious project to date: Casa and Plaza Pastor. This third installment promises those fresh Mexican tastes we all know and love – just bigger, better and accompanied by much, much more mezcal.
Address: Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross N1
Nearest Tube: King’s Cross St. Pancras
Opening Hours: 4pm – late
Image: Hot dinners
Building on the same premise the team has accustomed its followers with – the restaurants make all their tortillas in house, delivering the same authenticity as a food vendor on the street corners of Mexico City. With a Mexican breakfast dripping in Huevos rancheros and Bloody Marias and a lengthier taco menu that refreshes the offerings of the brand’s Druid Street tortilleria, Casa Pastor is the perfect mixture between those shareable delights and a more formal catch-up venue. The more extensive menu now includes a Mariscos section, a Baja California inspired delight that comes in the form of oysters with worm salt and cherrystone clams, to name a few. Since sharing really seems to be caring in the eyes of El Pastor’s team, oversized tacos are offered to make your transition between street food and full-on restaurant smoother. Get together over some Merluza Pastor and soft-shell crab taco and indulge in one of the finest selection of Mexican food the capital has to offer. No one has to know about those few extra Mezcals.
Plaza Pastor, the venue’s heated courtyard, completes the evening with a line-up of live music and South American delicacies. From rotisserie spiced chickens to its very own cocktail menu, the space aims to cater to those seeking a cozier, more romantic experience. Sharing cocktails are another reason to face the cold, with Jalisco Spritz vowing to keep you warm during the winter nights to come. And if you need some help washing down the spice, a little birdie told us that the Harts Group is also diving straight into the wine business with their neighbours The Drop. We know what we’ll be doing this weekend!
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