Tasty tapas at Vermuteria in stylish Coal Drops Yard

I love the way that London constantly changes with new places and rejuvenated areas popping up regularly. Like Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross which opened last November. You can read all about the history of the place and my delightful tapas lunch at Barrafina, by clicking¬†here.

Today it’s time for more tapas. This time at Vermuteria, a stylish all-day cafe bar that serves food from the kitchen of chef Anthony Demetre

What’s on the menu

The menu offers a range of small dishes and some larger with influences from around Europe, including Spain, Italy and the UK. The tapas-style service meant plates came up as they were ready and were nicely spaced. I love a good plate of anchovies, their salty silkiness makes my tastebuds tingle so couldn’t resist these Bay of Biscay anchovies served in luscious olive oil.

Vermuteria: anchovies
Delightfully salty anchovies get the taste buds going

Padron peppers are one of my favourite Spanish staples. Perfectly charred, with their unique sweet and spicy flavour they make for ideal snacking.

Vermuteria: padron peppers
Blacked padron peppers always go down a treat

Superfood beetroot is always on my list, too. Here it was roasted and served with soft and creamy goat’s cheese and crisp endives. A truly wonderful combination of flavours and textures.

Vermuteria: beetroot salad
Pretty as a picture in pinks and greens and tasty, too

The croquettes were made using the restaurant’s own cured meat and served with a chilli and tomato salsa. Piping hot, luscious and creamy, some of the best croquettes I’ve had. I could eat them every day.

Vermuteria: croquettes
Little balls of meat deliciousness to savour

As I’m writing this I’m realising whyI loved Vermutria so much. It serves a lot of my all-time favourite dishes – including steak tartare. Hand cut, beautifully spiced and served with a vibrant egg yolk atop and toasted sourdough on the side. Tender and tasty and oh-so moreish.

Vermuteria: steak tartare
A luscious plate of steak tartare

The Italian influence was obvious in the spinach and ricotta ravioli served with buerre noisette and sprinkled with cashews. Anything that involves lashings of butter has to be a good thing and the fresh pasta was beautifully creamy.

Vermuteria: ravioli
Creamy ravioli with a beautiful buttery sauce

And finally a plate of yummy Welsh lamb fillet served with Cornish potatoes and peas. Rather a large portion of delightfully flavoursome meat, wonderfully cooked potatoes and the sweetest of peas. An ingredient match made in heaven.

Vermuteria: lamb
Pinkly tender fillet of Welsh lamb

This area is a wonderful addition to London’s landscape. There’s plenty of outside seating area alongside the canal and lots of stunning new buildings set among the refurbished older ones. There are plenty of bars in nearby Granary Square, too. It’s incredible how the King’s Cross area has been so totally transformed.

Vermuteria: Canal
The beautiful canal-side setting of Coal Drops Yard

The snake of vibrant red flowers leads you towards Coal Drops Yard.

Vermuteria: flowers
A vibrant snake of flowers at the entrance to Coal Drops Yard

Today’s price point

We had seven dishes which we shared between three which was enough for a satisfyingly substantial meal and came to £59 in total.

We also enjoyed a lovely bottle of Picpoul de Pinet for £30.

Vermuteria is at 38/39 Coal Drops Yard, London N1C.

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