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Camino (Bar, Restaurant)

Picture of Camino in Kings Cross, London

3 Varnishers Yard, The Regents Quarter, Kings Cross, London, N1 9FD
Cuisine: Spanish Average Price: £30.00
Tel: 020 7841 7331 | Email to Camino | Transport: Kings Cross St. Pancras | Write review

Camino Review

Dear Camino,

Thanks very much for dinner on Tuesday evening. I always find Tuesday is one of those odd nights in the week. Tuesday: just the sound of it is a bit dull, like March (as opposed to, say, Friday, or August). Anyway, it was great to come along and try out your restaurant. Haven’t had Spanish for ages. Saw that The Observer gave you ‘Bar of the Year’ not so long ago, too.

My guest commented on your location: fantastically close to Kings Cross station, and very easy to find. Though I have to say when we went under the archway into the courtyard, Spanish rustica it was not, even though your website suggests otherwise. Your exterior looks very corporate but then the restaurant is housed in a larger modern development. So glass and stark black window frames are very much the order of the day (or hopefully not, in a restaurant). Anyway, the signage and the big upturned barrel outside indicated that we were in the right place.

I liked the look of your bar. It was the first thing we saw when we went in. The rustic is there after all; a tempting cool basement-feel with lots of aged wood. Intrigue beckoned, but we didn’t go in. The intrigue had to wait. We were hungry: to the restaurant!

Your tables looked inviting, at the side of the room, near the windows. The low ceiling added a degree of intimacy that I enjoy when eating out in public. The cushioned booth looked comfortable too. However, sitting in the centre of the restaurant - though I can see its advantages being close to the kitchen and bar - was a vaguely perplexing experience. Largely due, I think, to the clear glass dome of St Paul’s proportion above us. The light shone down and produced either the hint of a spacecraft hovering overhead or a very large spotlight, on us, for the duration of our meal. Though I’m not completely unfamiliar with spotlights, my guest is. I told him to calm down. He did and, eventually, so did the spotlight, as the sun began to set. Much more intimate. I’ll think I’ll ask for a window seat next time.

We liked your menu though, lots of choice. And I see that you also do breakfast and brunch. It was great to see that carafes are available along with the usual glasses and bottles of wine. All very Spanish, and quite rightly, too. Sadly, the tapas wasn’t quite right. Granted, the crevettes were juicy and well cooked, but the chorizo had no spicy kick; the pan con tomate was just that (cold bread with bland diced tomatoes); and the aioli? I’d suggest a quick nip to the shops for garlic - the aioli we asked for as an extra when the Mixto tapas platter arrived with no sauces had no garlic in it; or none that I could decipher.

My guest told me that his rib-eye steak was generously sized, tender and juicy. He said it was very good. He said he’d only ever eaten one other steak that equalled it. An avid meat eater, he is a man who knows steaks. I tried it. It was good, very good. Lovely tangy blue cheese sauce on the side too.

I would like to say that the puddings continued with aplomb but sadly, they didn’t. Perhaps I’ll try the almond tart next time. I was looking forward to the Leche Merengada (cinnamon, star anise and lemon zest ice cream) and Horchata (Spanish tiger nut ice cream) - mmmm. I don’t think they were homemade though. You can always tell a homemade ice cream. That’s not to say that all good ice creams are homemade. But you understand what I’m saying.

Still, the service was excellent, even though the restaurant was full. And you had a small party in, on a Tuesday. I also hear you’re opening another restaurant in West Ferry quite soon. No doubt, you’ll be very busy there too if the steaks are anything to go by.

So thanks again. Although we did find the tapas and puddings a little Tuesday (and March), the steak was definitely Friday (and August). I see that you also have live music on from Thursday to Sunday. A cool eclectic choice: reggae to samba, Arabic to funk. Music would be good on a Tuesday. It would definitely help to make it a little more Friday.

Sincerely and with warm regards,
The lady who loves (homemade) ice cream more

Customer Reviews for Camino

Average (based on 5 votes): 5 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Although the choice of beers (especially on tap) are limited in the bar section, the food in the restaurant, the wine list, the industrial warehouse decor, the lively atmosphere, the great courtyard, and the smiling faces all make this the best bar and restaurant in King's Cross.”
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The Restaurant Hunter, London (8 years 10 months 6 days ago)

“This is by far one of the most wonderful places I have been to in London. Their live bands are just amazing, and you can't be shy cos there is a huge Spanish dance culture here. The service is absolutely great, and I have never experienced such friendly bar tenders! I would highly recommend this place for a relationship 'pick me up' or a date with someone special. If I could take you there right now I would it is that great!”
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Erica, london (9 years 8 months 4 days ago)

“Would have been 5 stars except for the unprofessional and unpleasant behaviour of the strawberry blonde dyed haired glass collector. Everything else was perfect.”
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Rachel Ind, Redhill (10 years 11 months 4 days ago)

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“I went to Camino for dinner with some friends (it was my friend's birthday) and despite always hearing of it, it was my first time. I had a great evening. We were seating in the biggest table with booth seatings, so it was cosy and away from the bar noise. The food was excellent. We had lots of tapas to share and I tasted pretty much all that we ordered. My favourites were the sliced steak (juicy!) and the pulpo with paprika (I soaked it in olive oil, I love olive oil and they have a very good one!). We had jugs of sangria and a good red wine (too bad I forgot the name, I'm not a wine expert at all!). The waiter was spanish and very very friendly. The service was precise: he was there when we needed him, but not bothering us all the time. He explained the menu and even performed some food skills mixing the tapas in front of us! Music was good, great ambience and delicious food. I recommend to everybody. But make sure to book first, the restaurant was busy the whole time we were there.”
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Mike, London (11 years 4 months 12 days ago)

“Truly representative of the tectonic changes that are driving the metamorphosis of London’s Kings Cross is Camino Bar – that is if you can find it! Nicely off the beaten track is probably more generous and that ensures that only those who know it’s there actually visit – and that’s more than enough. Walking through the alleyway into the Courtyard is the equivalent of a metaphorical shower as you leave the grime behind and enter an aesthetically pleasing, deliciously clean and funky authentic Spanish culinary & cultural experience. The secluded courtyard neatly divides the bar and restaurant and in both authenticity is the name of the game. Knowledgeable bar staff help you out with your choices from excellent Spanish wine to draught Cruzcampo served in iced glasses and artisan chefs deliver true classic Spanish cooking from the parilla (charcoal grill) whether it be red mullet, jamon iberico or steak. It’s hard to fault this place, with its gregarious atmosphere and exciting vibrant fare and all a stone’s throw from the gateway to the continent that has done much to drive the huge regeneration that is happening to the area.”
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oogywawa, York (12 years 9 months 8 days ago)

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We've selected some of our favourite dishes from around the country with extra variety coming from the seasonal specials that change monthly. Our style of cooking is simple, honest and authentic, allowing the flavours of the natural ingredients speak for themselves. For the bar we have tapas of course - the world's greatest bar food.

Updated 08/06/2009


We offer Spanish beer in frozen mugs, cava by the glass, autentic Spanish cocktails and a selection of the best Spanish wines.

Updated 08/06/2009

Camino Opening Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 12:00am Friday: 9:00am - 1:00am
Tuesday: 9:00am - 12:00am Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00am
Wednesday: 9:00am - 12:00am Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 1:00am    

Additional Information

  • Cuisine Type: Spanish
  • Average Price: £30.00
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: Camino

Events and other great things going on at Camino

This spring and summer, Camino will host several musical and cultural events under the banner of ‘Viva Camino’ to spread some Latino love, linking up with the Movimientos DJ’s to run a series of six ‘Fiestas en la Calle’ (street parties).

The ‘street parties’ are planned for people to enjoy live Latino music to compliment the Spanish food and drink and really complete the Spanish experience. The live acts will perform a selection of Latino music until late when DJ’s take over indoors.

The ‘Fiestas en la Calle’, sponsored by Cruzcampo, are to be held on Saturday evenings throughout the summer in the bar’s open courtyard that is scattered with upturned barrels for tables. The stage will showcase an impressive line-up of the most accomplished and exciting up and coming latino music live acts, followed by tunes from the Movimiento DJ’s in the
bar area for a proper dance-floor shakedown Latin style! The DJ duo bring the freshest Latin alternative and cutting edge
dance-floor beats and have been revitalising the London club and live music scene with regular doses of their Latin culture.

Updated 06/05/2008

Camino Hire Details

To reserve an area at the bar or a table at the restaurant, give us a call. You can also book a table using Live Booking. All online bookings get 5% discount.

Updated 08/06/2009

Name: Bar
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: Provided
Capacity: 100
Notes: We can reserve areas in the bar for small or big groups. We have DJs and live music, check our website for upcoming attractions.
Name: Restaurant
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 20
Notes: We can reserve table up to 20 people in the restaurant area or even the whole restaurant. Contact us for more details.

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