Borough Market favourite Arabica has opened at King’s Cross
You’ll find Arabica in the Aga Khan Centre building, just a stone’s throw from Coal Drops Yard and Granary Square, with an outside terrace facing Lewis Cubitt Park. Perch at the counter to watch the chefs at work and linger over a Levantine-inspired cocktail or soda, hunker down in one of the cosy banquettes or gather at the communal dining table for a middle-eastern inspired feast.
The restaurant offers an almost entirely new menu – complemented by a handful of favourites from Borough. Plates draw inspiration from recent adventures through Jordan, Lebanon and the vibrant cities of Istanbul, Beirut, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Meat-eaters, pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans will all find plenty to please and the weekend breakfast is worth crossing town for.
New dishes include Istanbul-style mussels with walnut tarator, beef cheek borekas – puff pastry parcels with ox cheek slow-braised in red wine, infused with dried Persian limes and spices – and the supercharged Hummus KX with diced sweet peppers, red chilli, garlic, parsley and roasted spicy chickpeas. Prime cuts of British heritage beef and day-boat fish are cooked over Mediterranean Holmoak charcoal and served sharing style for the table.
For dessert, try Arabica affogato – a house-made milk soft serve with Turkish coffee, cardamom honeycomb and walnut baklava, or kunefe – a warm Levantine-style cheesecake of crisp, buttery Kadaifi pastry with Akawi cheese, orange blossom syrup, ground pistachios and clotted cream.
The wine list champions emerging wine makers from Macedonia, South Africa and Australia whilst also giving a platform to long-time Arabica favourites like Lebanon’s Domaine de Tourelles vineyard.
Arabica products feature throughout the menu and are available to buy and take home.
Weekdays: Kitchen 12pm – 10.30pm, Bar 11:30am – 11pm
Saturday: Kitchen 9am – 10.30pm, Bar 9am – 11.30pm
Sunday: kitchen 10am – 9.30pm, Bar 10:00am – 10.00pm