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UPDATED SEASONAL MENU AT MEGARO EATERY
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We’ve just updated our seasonal menu at The Megaro Eatery here in King’s Cross.

We work hard to keep our menu fresh, always seeking the best seasonal produce from around the UK to bring you some of the very best food in King’s Cross. We’ve just updated our menu with some new dishes.

Fowey mussels are cooked in a Ginger Pig cider and cream sauce, available as a starter or main. The main is served with our triple cooked chips for a filling lunch.

 

Our blue mussels are from Fowey on the Cornish coast and are are classed as the most sustainable to eat by the Marine Conservation Society. They also happen to be delicious, being what we consider to be the very best estuarine farmed mussels available.

According to the Cornwall Seafood Guide: “Blue mussels are found naturally growing all around Cornwall’s coast. There are now several companies farming mussels in Cornwall’s estuaries and bays. This practice is very environmentally friendly as the mussels grow naturally, feeding on passing plankton. Unlike fish farming where large amounts of feed is used and polluting waste is created mussels have a minimal impact and the farms actually create sheltered habitat for other species. Always ask for Cornish farmed mussels.”

Another new starter is our treacle cured Loch Duart salmon. The use of this classic British black treacle, made from molasses, brings some unusual, slightly bitter flavours which work in harmony with the salmon and the earthy tones of the pickled beetroot. The dill cream brings a further texture and a tangy lift.

Gressingham duck breast is served with a fig compote, glazed baby carrots, Swiss chard and an incredible chicken liver parfait. The tender duck breast is perfectly complemented by the tangy fruit compote. The parfait is extremely light though with intense flavour, which adds a deeper dimension to the dish. Highly recommended.

All of our dishes can be paired with some amazing wines from our extensive wine list. Selected carefully by our expert sommelier Richard Weiss, the wine list features many wonderful varieties. We offer a large number of Biodynamic wines, part of our ongoing commitment to supporting organic farming and viticulture. Our staff will be happy to advise you on pairings.

Too book a table for lunch or dinner please call us at The Megaro Eatery on 020 7843 2221email us direct, or click the banner below to book.

 

THE MEGARO EATERY: NATIVE LOBSTER MENU
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Please note: This menu is seasonal and is now unavailable as of 7/09/17.

At our Megaro Eatery here in King’s Cross, we just launched our special native lobster menu.

 

As always, we have a sharp focus on the integrity of our ingredients. We source the freshest and finest native lobsters, harvested from the waters of the British Isles.

Our native lobster menu offers three glorious courses for just £24.50, a summertime taste of the British coast in the heart of the city.

  • Native lobster home-made tagliatelle, with a lobster bisque foam
  • Half native lobster, cooked on the Josper grill, served with triple cooked chips, Choron sauce and young leaves
  • Roasted figs in port, with fig leaf ice cream

 

Lobster tagliatelle at Megaro Eatery King's Cross

We’re very proud of our home-made pasta, and this tagliatelle is no exception. Served with tender pieces of native lobster, peppers and our home-made lobster bisque foam, it makes a fantastic starter.

 

Cooking the lobster on our Josper grill enhances the flavour, and brings some fabulous barbecue notes to the dish. Truly special. The Choron sauce, a Bearnaise sauce with tomato puree and diced tomato, is almost too delicious.

The grilled figs in port rounds off the menu, with the delicate fig leaf ice cream cleansing the palate.

To book, please call us on 020 7843 2221 or book online here.

Follow The Megaro Eatery on Instagram to see all the latest food photos.

 

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FOOD FOR BEING LOOKED AT – AN EXHIBITION
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We’re no strangers to taking photos of our food here at Megaro Eatery, or indeed cocktails at the Megaro Bar for that matter. And we see lots of you doing the same. Social media, especially Instagram, is full of food, bursting at the seams in fact.

It’s a little strange, but then again it’s great to see what new places are serving up, and what old favourites have cooked up to keep us coming back. Like our steaks: people just keep coming back for them, over and over. You can never have too many pictures of your steak it seems.

During your stay with us in King’s Cross at the Megaro Hotel or The California, we’ve a recommendation:  ‘Food For Being Looked At’, a new small exhibition a The Photographers’ Gallery just off Oxford Street. The exhibition examines the phenomenon and you can read more here, including some handy food photo tips. The exhibition runs until October 8th, alongside a permanent collection as well as other temporary exhibits.

We’d also invite you to take pictures of our food while your dining with us, naturally!

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Top image:Photograph: @clerkenwellboyec1/Instagram –  appears in the show.
HOW TO THROW THE ULTIMATE LONDON HEN DO
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Hen parties of the world: Unite! King’s Cross is ideally located for some of the best hen (and stag) party-friendly attractions in the Capital.

For some great hen party ideas in London, our guests staying in our King’s Cross b&b at The Californianeed look no further.

Day 1: Bowled over at All Star Lanes

Once you’ve settled into your comfortable accommodation, you’ll be itching to get your London hen do started. Head straight to the very hen-party friendly All Star Lanes, a coolly retro, boutique bowling alley located in trendy Shoreditch.

Here you can bowl on one of the four lanes followed by a delicious dinner in a cosy booth. You can even showcase your singing talents in one of the two karaoke booths; choose form ‘country’ or ‘western’.

If you’re feeling decadent, or are staying at our King’s Cross b&b as part of a group booking, All Star Lanes also offer two private lanes upstairs for a proper party. Wash it all down with some of the best cocktails in London from the glitzy surroundings of the oh-so-glam bar.

Remember to book in advance to make sure you get a spot for bowling and karaoke or you might end up waiting a while on the night.

All Star Lanes can be found at 95 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL. Hop on the Northern Line for 2 stops from King’s Cross St. Pancras to Old Street and from there it’s a 15 minute walk to Brick Lane.

Read more: The groups guide to King’s Cross

All Star Lanes website

Daytime Day 2: Party tricks at Drink Shop Do

After a good night sleep in one of the California’s legendarily comfortable beds, it’s time to get back out on the road and continue your London hen weekend. Don’t miss this chance to experience thoroughly nostalgic charms of Drink Shop Do.

A varied selection of dance and craft-based events are held at this quirky cafe, offering the chance for some good old girly bonding. Super popular with hens, you’ll find it modestly tucked away in what was once a Victorian bathhouse in the heart of King’s Cross.

Visit in the daytime and you’ll be greeted by a sweet selection of tasty treats and the opportunity to take part in some sweetly innocent (but highly competitive!) games, like moulding a specific celebrity out of Play Doh, or playing a hyped-up dance version of children’s party favourite Pass the Parcel. A tailored afternoon tea hen party in London can be booked online.

Fun (and mayhem!) come as standard.

Drink Shop Do is a tiny 5 minute walk from us at The California London at 9 Caledonian Rd, London, N1 9DX.

Read more: King’s Cross Map: things to do and local amenities

Drink Shop Do website

Daytime Day 2, Part 2: Party pampering at Akasha Spa

After all that activity, you may feel like a little lie down, and where better to indulge yourselves than in one of London’s finest spas, the Akasha Spa in the Hotel Café Royal.

Though it’s located just seconds from the somewhat frenetic Piccadilly Circus, as soon as you cross the threshold of this luxurious spa, you’ll feel as though you’ve crossed a Rubicon into a parallel universe. A calm one. That smells amazing.

This is a seriously luxurious place, all wood panelling and marble. The piece de resistance is the wonderful swimming pool, bordered by a jacuzzi, hamman and sauna. Start your preparations for your big Saturday night out with one of the fab beauty treatments on offer, or just relax on a recliner by the pool and people watch. A few hours in this oasis of tranquillity and you will surely be the living embodiment of Zen.

Akasha Spa is within the Hotel Café Royal and is based at 8-10 Air Street, London W1B 5AB.  We’d recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Book direct and save 15% at The California King's Cross b&b

Daytime Day 2, Part 2: The adrenaline junkie alternative

However, if your particular gang of hens party is more get-up-and-go than lie-down-and-relax, don’t despair. Ideal for energetic types, Bunker 51 is the very definition of active.

Set in a James Bond worthy ex- cold war military bunker near the O2 in Greenwich, your mission, (should you choose to accept it etc. etc.) is to save the planet from the swarming undead via the medium of paintballing, whilst kitted out in some fetching anti-zombie combat gear. Simple.

The first stage of your battle with the apocalypse is the journey to Greenwich from King’s Cross, although it sounds more of a challenge than it is. The journey should only take you half an hour if you take the Northern Line to London Bridge then hop on the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich.

If you’re a large group of apocalypse survivors, you’ll need to book your place facing the undead in advance.

Read more: The California guide to London pop-ups

Bunker 51 website

Evening Day 2: Bouncing out

Once you’ve finished beautifying/Zombie slaying (delete as appropriate) you’ll find that, as most clubs in London town don’t really get going until late, the ideal place to start your evening warm up is at Bounce, a super hip ping-pong bar in Shoreditch.

Boasting no less than seventeen tables plus a private (bookable) room, this is the ideal setting to showcase your ping pong skills within a to-die-for luxe setting, aided by the thoughtful additions of moreish cocktails and delicious pizza. What more could you want?

Note: while moreish cocktails and delicious pizza won’t necessarily improve your game, they will make you much happier if you are losing.

Bounce website

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Evening Day 2, Part 2: Dancing until dawn at XOYO

Still got room for more?

There’s really only one place to head to once you’re all played out, and that’s to Shoreditch’s coolest nightspot, XOYO.

London’s party lovers congregate here at weekends to sample the best Producers and DJ’s the Capital has to offer. Dance long into the night over the venue’s two large hip and happening floors.

Read more: The California insider guide to…unusual bars in London

XOYO website

Day 3: Bottomless brunch at Bourne & Hollingsworth

While you may find it hard to drag yourself out of bed on Sunday morning, the siren call of a bottomless brunch at the Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings is hard to ignore.

And, if you feel the need for a ‘hair of the dog’, the bottomless Bloody Marys and Bellinis (served from giant pitchers on the bar) will be most welcome, plus the food is spot-on, whether you crave a sneaky fry-up or a more sedate and awfully healthy bowl of porridge (unlikely but you never know).

There’s a great atmosphere here on a Sunday morning, and you’ll find yourself sharing the large and airy space with other slightly hungover hen and stag parties. That’s our kind of solidarity.

Read more: Where to find the tastiest King’s Cross brunch

Bourne & Hollingsworth website