For the past five months, I would walk home from Kings Cross station as part of my daily routine returning from Cambridge. The walk home isn’t particular grand but at least you get some mild level of exercise into the day. I always noticed a few interesting restaurant around that area but it wasn’t until today that I finally got to try one of them, called Konstam.
I have no idea about what sort of food they are supposed to specialise in, but the interior is striking for the surrounding area – modern and hip interior that strikes a sharp contrast will the dull concrete buildings surrounding it. We ended up here after a Friday pub for a late dinner starting at about 9pm. Based on the lightness of the menu, I had the impression that it changes regularly – with three to four choices per course.
I started with Dartford purple sprouting broccoli, poached egg, hollandaise sauce & breadcrumbs concoction (£8) that proved to be a very light and lovely way to start the meal off. The breadcrumbs added another dimension of texture to an otherwise well executed classic.
Three of us at the table then went for the Charcoal-grilled rib-eye steak with braised January King, fried potatoes & horseradish sauce (£21.50). Unfortunately I neglected to take any pictures of this since it was so good. Mine was cooked perfectly rare, so pink and juicy and full of flavour. They served the steak in small strips atop all the other side dishes and was really easy to cut through without the need for a proper steak knife if you wanted to break it up ever further.
Everyone else had coffees but I thought I’d try their Spiced, toasted castle cake with plum jam & sloe gin cream (£7.25), apparently some version of a tea cake. When it arrived I was pleasantly surprised as it was light and deliciously most. The sloe gin was subtle but you can definitely taste the light berry flavour infused from the sloes.
Service was polite and when taking the food orders or plates, was fairly prompt. I think the only they thing they really could have improved on was keeping our water topped up throughout the night – I had to ask twice for a refill of our jug of water.
I’d definitely return here and with the service, we still paid £50 a head which I think is reasonable considering all the things that we ate and the two bottles of wine we drank throughout the night.
Name: Konstam at The Prince Albert (Closed)
Was found at: 2 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NA
Former website: http://www.konstam.co.uk/