Bond Street’s ladies who lunch at Fenwick’s fashionable Bond & Brook face a conundrum far greater than the Mulberry Tillie v the Carter (both, obviously) as the restaurant’s head chef, Daniel Taylor has upped sticks to King’s Cross upstart Karpo.
The new venue, opening this month just opposite the main entrance of the station is seriously urban and the three-level space is all concrete-meets-wood-metalwork-and-leather alongside a series of dramatic specially commissioned graffiti from four internationally renowned artists with names like LX One and Remi Rough. Tricky.
However, Tagliatelle with crab, chilli and mint or Venison shin with porcini and polenta plus Harissa chicken with chickpeas and tomato from the wood-fired oven may just tip the balance.
Still undecided? We’ll raise you desserts of Gypsy tart with crème fraîche, Victoria plum sorbet, and Sweet potato cake with banana-rum ice cream – oh yes and grazing options like White bean hummus with anchovy butter, Gorgonzola dolce with figs, and Spiced lardo with toast.
There will also be a living wall at the back of the restaurant covered with a variety of organic herbs, flowers and medicinal plants and Daniel has also created his own vertical urban garden atop an adjacent building and is currently growing potatoes, kale, artichokes, salad leaves and fruit trees for use in the restaurant.
And if you’re wondering about the name, Karpo refers to the Greek goddess of fruits of the earth – hence the emphasis on natural, nourishing dishes and ingredients from specialist local suppliers alongside sustainable and organic produce. There’s also a private hire/private dining area for up to 40. Sold?
Karpo, 23 Euston Road, NW1, 020-7843 2221