RESTAURANT REVIEW: VINOTECA, KING’S CROSS

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A new haven of wine delights has opened in Kings Cross, promising and impressive list of vineyard treats. The paint was barely dry before Rebecca Anne Milford has taken a seat (and a glass…)

Vinoteca, Kings Cross

Vinoteca, Restaurant and Wine Shop, One Pancras Square, King's Cross

A new haven of wine delights has opened in Kings Cross, promising and impressive list of vineyard treats. The paint was barely dry before Rebecca Anne Milford has taken a seat (and a glass…)

In three words: Inspired, Expert, Charming,

The Lowdown: Vinoteca first popped into the wine-lover’s vocabulary in 2005, when it appeared on the Farringdon scene and began offering a wide variety of tipples for the discerning and curious drinker. The name is a play on the Italian word enoteca, which literally means a ‘wine repository’.  The ethos? To deliver high quality and characterful wine, in a comfortable, warm space that treads the line between wine bar and shop. The array is superb, with each site offering around 285 wines by the bottle and 25 by the glass

Since 2005, four more sites have followed, and Kings Cross is the fifth and largest in the group. Not only does it boast a restaurant area and an attractive central bar, but there is a wine shop where visitors can pick up a bottle or two. Sloshed shopping has never been so much fun (or dangerous).

Location: This latest branch of the wine bar/merchant has popped up within staggering distance of Kings Cross Station, in the new development that is St Pancreas Square. The slightly dystopian, eerie space is set ablaze by the warming lights shining from the glass frontage… we were like moths to a flame.

The Occasion: Go with lovers of the grape – there is such a huge variety to choose from they will be in their element, and will love chatting away to the knowledgable staff. The set-up is such that it could work as a date night, with groups, or just to perch at the bar and work your way through that impressive wine list…

Decor: The lovely curve of a central bar glows like a booze-laden island, with the luminance of industrial-esque hanging lights shimmering on wine glasses. In the restaurant area there are tables for various sizes of diners, and an open kitchen where you can watch the magic happen. The clear glass frontage adds a spacious appeal, and we imagine the outside terrace will be popular when the sun hits.

Atmosphere: In the evening Vinoteca is buzzing and lively – a wonderfully convivial atmosphere of friends coming together to enjoy the finer things in life. The restaurant is open from 7am, so we imagine that the morning crowd will make the most of the bright interior.

Culinary Concept: The menu focuses on fresh, seasonal dishes accompanied by quality wines that really bring out the best of the flavours. Each course comes with a recommendation for something to be quaffing alongside, and it’s worth trusting the experts. As well as lunch and dinner, Vinoteca have a diverse breakfast list which includes inventive offerings such as coddled eggs or prunes with orange compote alongside classics. And the breakfast wine list is very exciting indeed.

BOE Magazine

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