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Canal 125 (Bar, Restaurant)

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125 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, Angel & Islington, London, N1 9RG
Cuisine: Gastro Average Price: £40.00
Tel: 020 7837 1924 | Email to Canal 125 | Transport: Kings Cross St. Pancras | Write review

Canal 125 Review

It’s often noticeable how the name of an establishment can reveal its ethos. Before it’s reincarnation, Babushka was a poorly authenticated alternative to the Revolution chain. Renamed Canal 125 – overlooking Regent’s Canal from it’s perch on 125 Caledonian Road – an assertion of local identity would seem a sound point of departure.

At first, this does not appear to have done enough. The red walls, gold-framed mirrors and crystal chandeliers all remain, although the church-bench seating has thankfully been removed. Two additional floors upstairs offer plenty of room for private parties with their own access to live music and balcony seating. But it is Canal’s focus on food and drink that should carry it through any early teething problems. Appropriately, there is now a small dining area of tulips and white tablecloths that lies in calm contrast to the other half of the bar.

When the starters arrived, it was hard to believe we were in the same place. The crayfish and spinach frittata (£5.25) on a balsamic bed of rocket was delicately flavoursome, and the carpaccio of beef (£6.25), although a little bland, was succulent and colourfully dressed. The salmon fishcakes on baby spinach (mains – £9.95) came with a sauce that managed to combine basil cream with a citric zest. The extremely light and gluggable Statua Bianco (£11.95) worked perfectly as a house white among a list that ranged to an affordable £26.

The cocktails bear their own welcome thrust of independence. The improbable ensembles of Xante pear cognac, Limoncello and Campari make for an original yet over-indulgent selection.

Canal 125 is not a place for feigning sophisticates. Nor is it a place for pinstriped, finger-clicking charisma. Visual tastes are rightly ignored over the more cogent impressions of food, service and drink. It is still early days but this focus is one that deserves its element of success.
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Average (based on 4 votes): 4 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“I love going to Canal 125. The service is friendly and there's always somewhere to sit. The food is good too especially the Sunday roasts which are amazing! Great balcony area for smoking too”
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sarah richards, London (8 years 5 months 16 days ago)

“I drink in Canal bar regularly after work and have made lots of friends doing so. They have San Miguel and Becks on tap which suits me fine but lately we've been having their Sangria which is wicked! I've eaten there a couple of times and then I had a Sunday roast there! OMG it was amazing!! Loads of food all topped off with a huge Yorkshire pudding and the best gravy I've ever tasted! There's an outside area overlooking the canal which is great when the weather is nice but you have to get in early when it is to get a seat. Upstairs is good to but there are often private parties. I really enjoy going there and can't recommend Sunday roast enough!!”
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matt, London (8 years 5 months 16 days ago)

“Expensive, pretentious and overrated. Best avoided.”
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Mrs Miggins, London (13 years 5 months 10 days ago)

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“Awsome bar, Great chilled out atmosphere! ”
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Olly, Leicester (13 years 5 months 14 days ago)

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