Back in 2013, Adria Wu left her job as an engineer to train as a chef, in 2015 she opened Maple & Fitz in Fitzrovia and now, two years later, she is opening Maple & King’s in St Pancras Square – it’s going to be bigger and have even more food. Just what we like to hear.
Start the day with maple porridge with toasted walnuts and chia seeds, miso porridge with a poached egg, spring onions and almonds or go all out with salted date caramel porridge with medjool dates, sea salt, almond butter, banana and sesame. Alongside porridge will be eggs, avocado and smoked salmon on toast.
Lunch will be all about salads; staples such as the Mexican Standoff will remain all year round, but others will come and go with the seasons. You’ll be able to add the likes of tahini spiced free-range chicken, miso salmon and five-spice tofu in sesame almond butter dressing to get your protein kick. Get an extra vitamin hit with their smoothies and cold-pressed juices, like the Yonce Lemonade, made from cayenne, lemon, honey and alkaline water – it’s going to get your metabolism kick started.
Brunch is going to be a virtuous affair, with cold-pressed beetroot mojitos; raw coconut matcha coladas; gluten-free rhubarb pomegranate oat pancakes with coconut yoghurt and maple vegan butter and poached eggs and beetroot smoked salmon with cauliflower hotcake and charred kale.
Inside, things are kept simple – picture a clean white interior palette with matt copper touches, grey leather banquettes, wire maple leaves and reclaimed oak and marble. There’ll be space for 33 on a mezzanine and in the summer there is space for 12 on the terrace.
Maple & King’s: Opens 7th April 2017, No 1, 3 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4UR, www.mymapleandco.com