Shrimpy’s, The Filling Station

Goods Way, King’s Cross, London

Shrimpy's - OutsideThere are several new restaurants in the regenerated King’s Cross area on my hit list this summer; first up: Shrimpy’s.

Located in a disused filling station a five minute walk from King’s Cross station, this chilled out dinette and bar seats punters on a terrace overlooking the Regent’s Canal and serves up a range of both North and South American inspired drinks and meals, including soft shell crab burgers, pork pozole and swordfish with jicama chilli slaw.

Shrimpy's - EggsHaving arrived at midday, I opted for the brunch-like option of fried eggs with chorizo, humita and chilli, with side dishes of fries and frickles (fried pickles). I don’t know why I’ve never had humita before, it’s very much my kind of food. A Native American corn-based dish, served up here as a foundation for the eggs and chorizo, it added a great hearty texture and the sweet taste complimented the heat of the chilli and chorizo. The eggs, chorizo and fries were all cooked perfectly and not too salty, either (a real bug bear of mine). The frickles were sweet, sour and crunchy, but “too much pickle and not enough fry” for my boyfriend’s tastes. Aside from the cocktails, Shrimpy’s offer a good range of soft drinks. I ordered a fresh lemonade, which, whilst refreshing, was disappointingly heavy on the soda and far from the fresh drink I had hoped for.

The service was great up until the point of requesting our bill, which took some time and effort on our part despite the restaurant being far from busy.

Shrimpy's - MenuThe location is superb and thanks to the weekday 9-5 focus of the area, it turned out to be a quiet refuge at the weekend. We watched canal life go past during our stay, including boats, dog-walkers and nesting swans (the proximity of the tables to the nest might be an issue when the eggs hatch!). During the week it’s rammed and carries a completely different – yet still enjoyable – atmosphere. So, take your pick of visiting times: if you’d like a chilled out, peaceful place to meet friends at the weekend, or a hustling and bustling evening hang-out after work, come here. It’s a great location either way. By word of mouth, I hear that Shrimpy’s is soon to vacate the space (this is not confirmed), but the location is what makes it so great. I enjoyed my introduction to humita, but I can certainly get a good egg and chorizo brunch or burger at any number of places in London. Although, I hope to pop back soon enough to try the Shrimpy’s Espresso Flip cocktail.

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