St Pancras: a great place to catch some excellent seafood
PUBLISHED: 16:32 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 07 September 2010
Katies Davies finds there is more to catch at St Pancras station other than the Eurostar to Paris THE hugely successful St Pancras station and Eurostar terminal has drawn us closer than ever to Parisian glamour but the new fine dining experience inside
Katies Davies finds there is more to catch at St Pancras station other than the Eurostar to Paris
THE hugely successful St Pancras station and Eurostar terminal has drawn us closer than ever to Parisian glamour but the new fine dining experience inside the Barlow Shed is hoping to show that a trip to France isn't necessary for haute cuisine.
The St Pancras Grand is hidden behind large doors on the first floor of the station.
It is a beautiful dining room - with elegant art deco features, gold leaf ceiling and huge mirrors - it is more Grand Central station then King's Cross.
The atmosphere is also great - a bustling large brasserie which, when full, is chatty and busy but allows intimate corners and privacy - a result of not squeezing in too many tables.
Fish is the order of the day and the separate oyster bar is very popular, with passengers hoping to grab a quick bite and a couple of cocktails before a trip away or to delay their return home.
The restaurant does provide non-fish dishes but is predominantly seafood.
To start, there is a fantastic crab soup finished with brandy which is a delicious and hearty starter on a cold winter's night.
The above mentioned oysters are a must and, if you're feeling flamboyant, a caviar option - at a hefty £75 - is also on the menu.
However, for those who may be feeling the credit crunch there is the much more moderately priced Atlantic prawns and, as a non-fish option, the delicious goat's cheese and beetroot salad, which comes in at a healthy £5.95.
For main course fresh unfussy fish including lemon sole and seabass are on offer as well as upmarket fish and chips, steak and calf liver.
We tried the smoked haddock special, which was a fantastic melt in-your-mouth offering. However, the fish pie was disappointing, failing to provide the big bites of fish which usually make the dish such a treat.
Overall, though, the restaurant is a great addition to the St Pancras area. It also offers express menus for those rushing to catch a train, and afternoon tea for those who may have just arrived and are building up the energy to hit the capital.
The food is a good standard and will appeal to all fish-lovers, and even though it is not up to the heights of a lot of eateries in the West End, it is a great place to enjoy an evening watching elegant characters from Paris and London crossing paths.
St Pancras Grand, St Pancras International, Upper Concourse
Telephone: 020-7870 9900
Website: ww.searcys.co.uk/ stpancrasgrand/
Food: Four stars
Service: Five stars
Cost: £75 two courses for two with wine
Special Events: Burns Night menu - Saturday January 24.
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