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  • “Celebrated my birthday there and had drinks and tapas in Pepito across the courtyard too.” in 29 reviews

  • “Everything we ordered was excellent and rivaled the quality that I've had in Spain.” in 9 reviews

  • “The staff is friendly, the food is delicious and as I said the sangria is yummy and refreshing.” in 7 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    13/7/2014

    Pros: the service was very good.  The food was also very good.  For this neighborhood the prices were very reasonable, good value for money.

    Cons: the room is quite lively, and it can be down right noisy. Also, if you use plastic and are from the US, their cc service automatically converts the bill from £ to $ at a VERY unfavorable rate (much worse than my bank), so beware.  The next time I go there I will bring cash.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/9/2014

    The best tapas restaurant I've ever been to! Vegetarian friendly , great service , and so delicious !! I'm recommending it to all my friends and clients who visit London.
    Thanks again!

  • 2.0 star rating
    11/8/2014

    Nice setting in a hidden alley in kings cross. You an watch your food as it is prepared. The food it self is average/below average and expensive.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/2/2014
    Listed in London favourites

    If you just got off the Eurostar and are craving a good lunch or dinner, Camino is the perfect place to enjoy delicious tapas !

    The place is spacious and the waiters are friendly. It is best not to be in a rush though.

    The menu offers a large selection of tapas. We had the spicy patatas bravas, chorizo, tortilla, Iberic ham, arroz negro - rice with squid ink - and empanadillas filled with spinach and goat cheese. Everything was delicious and you can order as many different tapas as you like.

    It might be worth coming back at night to have a few drinks and enjoy the live music.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/11/2013

    I brought my parents here and it exceeded my expectations. I felt like being back in Spain... the tapas were that good.
    It's quite expensive but the quality of each dish was incredible... they have a good range of choices and it was difficult to stop ordering. Do try everything!
    The waiters are really nice but the service can be slow so don't eat too quickly, since the portions are small.
    The place can be hard to find because it's hidden inside a small alleyway so do check google street view first.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/7/2013

    The bar was open when we passed this place on a bank holiday monday however we decided to come back another day when the restaurant was open. Good decision.

    Camino is a cool spanish tapas style food which makes a great stop for something light but filling. A great place to eat with some friends in a relaxed laid back but still classy environment.

    The cheese/figs wrapped in parma ham is a must-try. Everything else was good, well cooked but for asian tastebuds can be a little bland. This is fine for those watching their blood pressure I guess, but be ready to add salt particularly to the tuber/marrow family of foods. The quality of everything was cooked fantastically. Potatoes were sautéed to perfection. The squid sauce was lacking but no complaints about the creaminess of the squid (yep a feature I would never have associated with that piece of seafood). Ordering a few dishes and sharing is the winningest way to eat here.

    Price was, for the quantities and simplicity of what you're getting a little pricey. Expect £20-30 per head. However in the context of the great environment, superb service and general satisfaction of each dish, this place is a great introduction to Spanish style tapas and there are plenty more interesting things I'd like to try on the menu.

    Make sure to pick up the membership card at the end of your meal. Points will rack up pretty slowly, but registering it online will give you instantly 500 points or £5 off your next meal here.

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/7/2013

    Food: Had dinner, spanish tapas style. Menu had great range of choice to please all palettes and nice veggie options too, nice portion sizes, (recommend the lemon olive starter and pork stuffed with figs and cheese a that was a nice surprise) and desserts and cocktails looked interesting but I didn't have any.

    Service: Great, friendly staff. Very nice and attentive without you realising they were there. Even tap water was topped up regularly!

    Look/atmosphere: Restaurant exterior is tucked away neatly and very quiet clean alley, you don't realise you are in the centre of kings cross. Interior is pleasing to the eye, clean, modern wood design and tables spaced apart nicely. Music is different on each night - sometimes live or dj but might be a little loud for some (I didnt mind though) Table for 2 is smallish if you wanted lots of tapas buts not hard to eat quicker as food tasted great!

    Price: Great quality food and totally value for money, about £20 per head. If you become a regular there is a loyalty card scheme and you can get points and free bits now and again.

    Overall: 5/5 - I had a great experience there. Nice mid range fancy-ish drinks and tapas for an evening with friends, good portion sizes and nice selection at a great price. Planning to go back again soon ; )

  • 2.0 star rating
    19/3/2013
    1 check-in

    Overpriced, under seasoned and underwhelming. While the atmosphere of this place is relatively nice, not one bit of the tapas or drinks that I ordered were good.

    Bland bloody mary with barely any alcohol in it, overly dressed salad, and freezer-flavor reminiscent garlic bread. This meal was incredibly unmemorable, the only memorable part was when the bill came and it said 15 quid for what I ordered.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/3/2014

    Went for drinks on a Saturday night. Had pan con tomate and it was the real deal, ditto the gin and tonic from the cocktail menu - 3-4 shots served in a huge wine glass - and the sangria. The decor wasn't particularly Spanish, more sort of Spanish memorabilia, but the food and drinks made up for that.
    Many vegetarian tapas but only a couple of vegan ones.

  • 2.0 star rating
    8/6/2014

    We had a nice enough experience, and enjoyed the food ok.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/2/2013

    Not as expensive as I thought it would be from looking at the menu. Food for two people was under £40.

    The bartenders actually look for people trying to get their attention, a very welcome change from most places. The best dish was the TXIGORKI (Basque bread with goat cheese), followed by the VALDEÓN if you like a not-overpowering blue cheese. The Iberico ham was a little fatty, but a flavourful and hefty portion. Garlic prawns are a tapas staple -- these were pretty good, but the sauce they used was cloudy and heavier than I've had at other places.

  • 4.0 star rating
    31/5/2011
    3 check-ins ROTD 8/7/2011
    Listed in Cool/Exotic Beers!

    When it was suggested we head to a Spanish bar/tapas place in Kings Cross, I wasn't filled with much hope. I wash half expecting a dingy La Tasca rip-off. The Kings Cross area isn't famed for its bar and restaurant options.

    But how wrong was I. If I wasn't led here, I might have struggled to find it, but I'm glad I did. Stripped flooring, lots of seating and some innovative décor and artwork - and of course the Iberian tilt to their drinks selection. Colour me impressed. The food is, if you're after bar snacks and light meals, realty really good. We sampled the mixed platter with some extra chorizo. Highly recommended.

    Not sure I'd trek here especially, but next time I find myself in the area in need of a bar, this will be where I come.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/4/2010

    We were happy to be able to get a table at 9:15 on a Saturday night and the food was really good.  Great fresh bread, good croquetas and jamones and I loved the asparagus.  We really enjoyed our tapas.
    I didn't get the full lay of the land as we were on the restaurant side--looks like there is a big bar scene which was rockin' with Latin American music and they now have a sherry bar too.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/3/2011

    Hands down the best meal I have had in London so far.  In a city full of so-so tapas, I have finally found a place that rivals my favourite restaurant in Chicago with service to match to boot.

    I have been here quite a few times for drinks.  The wine menu is extensive and the bar area is usually hopping.  We recently tried for dinner and I know it will be a place I frequently return with friends and family.  The menu is quite extensive and much more sophisticated and adventurous than other so called "tapas" places here in London (I'm looking at you La Tasca).

    I highly recommend the lamp cutlets, the spinach croquettes, the goat cheese and pepper bread and garlic tiger prawns!!  Add a pitcher or two of their potent sangria and a bowl of their complementary olives and get ready for one of you the best meals in London!

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/12/2009

    Now anyone who dines with me will know that as soon, and I mean as soon as your food arrives my fork/spoon/chopsticks/shovel will be in it before you even have a chance to dig in yourself. Because of this I a.) have very select friends I eat with and b.)love sharing food places like Tapas joints. What's yours in mine and what's mine is my own if you didn't know already!

    Now Camino is a little bit of a glorified La Tasca but the food is less greasy, the service friendlier, if a little too friendly and their sangria strong. All winning points I'll add! So yes the waitress was slow and they did sit our large group on 2 tables because apparently if you have more than 8 at a table you MUST have their set menu which will cost your granny. Actually, at this point in the review I removed a star from 4 to 5. My granny is worth a star!

    So yes, come here eat, share food, get the prawns they are lovely, as is the squid ink risotto, and you are sure to have a lovely evening out.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/10/2009
    2 check-ins

    This place is a bitch to find. It confounded my GPS, not that that would be hard, piece of crap that it is, and had me walking up and down Kings Cross, just like the old days, eh boys?

    Camino has the sorry fate of looking exactly like a gastro-pub. Sitting here, you are not going to be fooled into thinking you are in the Costa Del Sol. But who wants to be in a grotty package holiday hellhole anyway, if Kings Cross isn't the perfect location for tapas and sangria, then I don't know where is. Camino  has a restaurant and a bar area, where if you are looking to chat up a city twat or two over a glass of wine, you are in the right place.

    Like I said, the restaurant ambience is unremarkable, except for the huge domed ceiling... it was totally a gastro-pub in earlier days. Huge menu with loads of authentic sounding tapas dishes, fish and meats. We ordered a variety of tapas to share, meh.. they were okay, nothing blew me away. I felt the vegetarian platter could have been more adventurous and the meat platter seemed low on actual meat and used chillis as a big filler portion. Carnivores will not get their kicks off ordering this, believe me, I could have eaten it and I'm a vegetarian.

    The dessert was good, almond tart with warmed cream. Their sangria is gooood. Would I go back? Yes but only if I ordered my own main course.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/11/2012
    3 check-ins

    Camino is a fun bar in the heart of King's Cross. A great spot for a quick drink.

    Camino is nice for a few reasons:

    - The drinks are cheap.
    - The drinks come fast.
    - The space is big to drink your drinks.

    Camino is a multi-room bar and restaurant that's right around the corner from the station. It's usually busy but never overly-so (unless it's weekend late at night) and a great relaxing spot with multiple tables and couches.  

    I've actually almost entirely used Camino for work meetings, when they want to do a quick after-work drink in a central area. It's very easy to find a table here (and if you don't want to be inside, they have a beautiful giant patio space outside that's nice on a warmer day.)

    Also, not sure if it's a constant thing or a running promotion, but when I ordered drinks, they gave me a choice of nuts or olives to go with it. Bar snacks! Yes!

    Overall, I've gone here before, I will go here again!

    --

    They also have a restaurant as well but I haven't eaten there yet. Just used it for meetings and drinks. Someday though!

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/11/2012
    1 check-in

    Well peeps, do I have to tell you that they have the meat on this island? If so, then go for the Solomiller 5oz fillet steak with cabrales cream sauce and roasted winter vegetables. The meat is from Spain, more precise Basque county. It is called Sagatoki. As a starter I had the bread with tomatoes... Sounds simple, but isn't.
    I ordered the meat medium well, the you can skip the sauce, because the meat overwhelmes (did i just make up this word?)everything!
    It s grilled on (of course) a special Spanish grill. And it's well worth the investment.
    The atmosphere was great, the bartender and the waiters were very nice (like in Spain). So an overall 5* experience. Hat a treat in the middle of all the chain restaurants. Every time again

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/7/2012
    2 check-ins

    I've been coming to Camino since a weekend trip in 2009, when I was working for 10 weeks in Altrincham. I took the Virgin Train down from Manchester, and stayed at a hotel near King's Cross. A quick search for tapas places within walking distance came back with Camino, and now I try to include it into every trip to London or Slough I make.

    Even though I've never had an issue walking up and getting a table at Camino, I decided to use their online booking. What with all that's going on in London this summer, I figured it was the safe bet. The place was busy, but there were a few seats at the bar, so I would've been OK as a single. The number of tables each server worked was a bit high, but the attitude of staff was good even if response time was a bit slow.

    Wine flights! While perusing the menu, I really had no idea what I wanted to eat, so I went back to the wines first. When I saw the wine flight listings, I thought that would be a good change of pace from getting just a bottle of something cheap (since I don't usually buy a good wine all for myself). I decided to start with the dry sherry flight. Clockwise from front, Amontillado, Manzanilla, and Fino.

    I paired the sherry flight with the "Tabla de Quesos," which was three lovely cheeses and various sweets, nuts, and crackers. I started with the Amontillado first, going to the Fino, then the Manzanilla last, comparing the wines with the cheeses. More research is required here; all the combinations were enjoyable. Because of the big shift between a sherry flight and a red wine flight, I decided to have a glass of Camino's sangria while waiting for the second set of tapas to come out. So, this meal became more of a starter-and-main sort of affair than just a bunch of small plates

    For the "main" -- Conchinillo con Morcilla - Roasted suckling pig from Aragon with Burgos morcilla, apple puree and thyme. Morcilla is Spanish blood sausage...boudin to you New Orleanians, "black pudding" to you lot in the UK. The morcilla is underneath a generous slice of roast pork, which had a great skin and a lovely sauce. The applesauce was such a great addition, as well. Add some great brown bread to these two, and it was a real winner. I added Grilled asparagus with romesco sauce as a veggie, and were they ever wonderful!

    To accompany the pork and asparagus--Red Wine Flight! Three Tempranillos, from Castilla y Leon, Rioja and Ribera. Lovely wines, all.

    Dessert: Postel de Chocolate, a flourless individual cake with a "molten" chocolate pudding filling, ginger ice cream, and a bit of raspberry sauce. The wine is a all de Xaló Mistela, a Spanish fortified wine.

    Service: this trip, a bit slow. Not sure if that's because of the crowd that evening or if there was a problem in the kitchen, but things didn't come out as fast as they have in the past. Gave me time to let all this food settle, but still, problematic.

    Overall, however, this meal was a winner, continuing my appreciation for Camino.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/2/2010

    I had lunch here today with a client. First the location: it's sort of inside a courtyard in a complex of renovated warehouses. It's quite hard to find from the outside but it's only a few minutes from Kings Cross station and it's quite a trendy media-ish sort of area near there. Wolff Olins is just up the road, for example.

    The place is in two barely-connected parts. One is a bar and it is obviously pretty lively in the evening. There's a DJ booth and a big, long bar. The other area is more restaurant-y and, at lunchtime anyway, quiet. There's a pleasant outdoor courtyard in the summer.

    The food was good. We had a set menu that wasn't tapas but Spanish food. In my case, a lovely vegetable soup and a potato/artichoke salad thing then an almond tart and coffee. The whole thing, including water, two coffees and two set three-course meals was around £45 which isn't bad. The service was quick but the place was fairly quiet. I've been here before and found the tapas a bit hit and miss. Sometimes very tasty and generous. Othertimes, tepid and meanly portioned. The coffees were particularly good.

  • 3.0 star rating
    27/10/2009

    I have to agree with Linzi on the gastro-pub thing.  Large, airy restaurant and bar areas, but I think tapas suits a more intimate, grungy setting.

    I would have liked to see more fresh dips, garnishes and sauces to cut through the richness of the fried food.

    Scrumptious sangria!

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/9/2011

    Simple Spanish classics done well and served quickly. I was there for the lunch menu today and for £9.95 you can have two dishes and the portions sizes are just right for the time of day.

    They have Estrella on tap, a range of wines and ample outdoor seating in their courtyard area.

    I think to fully appreciate the menu you'll need to visit in the evening but you can't baulk at a nice meal for a nice price, especially in an area usually synonymous with kebabs and fried chicken.

  • 3.0 star rating
    30/11/2011

    We came here for a friend's leaving do as it's a bar/restaurant so it was a perfect environment to get all close friends for dinner and then the rest to join us at the bar for drinks!

    I didn't know this place exists unless it's been recommended or you work/live around the area. It was tucked into a new build so it's not that noticeable on the high street.

    On arrival on a Sat night, it was very quiet & empty. But I trust my friend that she wouldn't choose a dead restaurant. As the night went on, it got a bit busier. Pretty happy that we weren't the only diners. However the bar seems to be more busy than the restaurant.

    Our waiter was very attentive, or maybe a bit too much. Although I can't complain much as he was very friendly and tried to make some jokes.

    I've had Spanish food at various restaurants and this restaurant seems to be ok. As there were a number of us, we had to go for the set menu. A reasonable price for a good variety of choices.

    Some dishes are better than others but one thing we all agreed on was the dessert. It was a mixture of a variety of cakes/ice cream etc and some melted and none of them taste good. I had a look at their menu recently and I don't think they are serving the same deserts as what we had.

    I would recommend people to go to Camino but you don't need to sweat yourself to rush to have a meal there. There are other plenty of great Spanish restaurant!

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/6/2011
    Listed in Comfort Food

    The last time I had been there was to get a beer with a bunch of friends in the evening and all I remember was being jostled and shoved aside by patrons and waiters. I didn't really bother rating it then.

    Went back there again for Sunday brunch, reluctantly and not given a choice, and loved it! Not sure why I'm giving it three stars (I'm a tough marker), but i think I was expecting a lot less given it's location. I mean, can you blame me?

    We were 5 adults and a 3 mo old. There were two other occupied tables and the place was eerily quiet for being next to Kings Cross. My friend who was visiting from New York said that "churros" taste like french fries. OK, so he had never had churros, but why would say that? I'm going to count that as a negative from a patron.  

    The food was all good, but no points for creativity on the mixed and vegetarian platters (maybe I need to go back and try some of the real food, since we couldn't order many because there were two vegetarians on the table).

    Service was OK. It's London, and on top of that, Kings Cross. Don't expect a red carpet.

    Overall, good pick if you HAVE to dine at Kings Cross.

  • 2.0 star rating
    27/5/2009

    Lively Spanish bar/restaurant hidden just away from Cruz del Rey. It's popular and the yard it is sequestered in is certainly a nice location, lots of space outside for smokers or for claustrophobics but it's just not my cup of tea.

    The choice of beers is very limited and the one's that are there are not so good. Resorted to buying cider in a bottle but that led to an unexpected visit to the cashpoint later in the evening, so expensive was that round!

    I didn't try the food so I cannot comment on that

    I guess I can see why some people could like this bar and at least its not part of a soulless chain, but I'd be very surprised to find myself

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/3/2010

    This place is about as Spanish as Trafalgar Square.  Not bad, but not Spanish.  I didn't eat here but if the food is as Spanish as the draught beers, one Dutch, one Portugese, then it will be as authentic as a $10 Rolex.  

    But enough of the Iberophilic stuff, it's a big modern bar with a big modern customer base.  Nothing offensive, nothing particularly appealing, it could be an All Bar One.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/2/2012
    1 check-in

    Can't seem to spend a weekend in London without coming here at some point.

    Happened upon Camino when I came down for an Arsenal match. Glad I did as I'm sure, for the fly-by visitor, this might be a venue easily missed, located quite deep off Caledonian Road, down in Varnishers Yard (which, in itself, is a fantastic little find, with the likes of Bar Pepito across the way.). But given it's proximity to Kings Cross station, no tourist should pass up either a bite to eat or a few social drinks here.

    My first couple of visits have primarily consisted of the latter. The vibe in Camino is very after-office-crowd-meets-bohemian-student; laid back tunes from the DJ coupled with the stylish warehouse-brick interior, laden with funky memorabilia offer a relaxing, social atmosphere. And for those who are not native to London, this is an excellent venue to quash those inevitable "inhospitable" labels.

    On my last visit to Camino I sampled a quick lunch of Carrillera: pan-fried beef cheek with Malaga Virgen wine sauce and baby onions. With a little help from some salt, this dish was just what I needed after a long morning of flights and trains. And at £5.95, also good value. The restaurant is Spanish so the menu is full of similar dishes, many of which I'd never heard of but look forward to sampling on future visits.

    Staff are almost a little too cool for school. I say almost because, although they exude the moody Spanish look necessary for the role, they are more attentive to staff than a certain number of pretentious Edinburgh cocktail bars who employ mixologists that think they're B-list celebs and don't have to pay you, the paying customer, very much attention...!

    For me this is the jewel in the Varnisher's Yard crown that makes Kings Cross an excellent pre-lash destination.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/5/2012
    1 check-in

    Visiting with friends I found Camino's a great location to enjoy some nice food, good drinks, great location, and amazing company.

    With friendly service and very tasty delights this is a great place for those of you passing through Kings Cross and finding yourself a bit peckish.

    Many will walk past this location having never known it was around, but I recommend you stop by and take a look inside.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/8/2012

    I have really enjoyed the last evening at this tapas bar. There's lots of space and different rooms where you can have either a full dinner or where you can just sit down in cosy leather armchairs, in order to chat with your friends, eat some tapas and enjoy the yummy homemade sangria.
    The staff is friendly, the food is delicious and  as I said  the sangria is yummy and refreshing.
    You can sit outside  there's a a courtyard which looks quity nice, as well.
    To sum up, I can happily recommend this place to you!

  • 3.0 star rating
    4/7/2013

    This place SHOULD be a little gem in Kings Cross, tucked away out of sight to keep the tourists away, and reasonably priced with good food and a decent outdoor couryard. What is not to love?
    The barstaff, that is what! Was absolutely flabbergasted the last time I went here. The barmaid didn't even give me a chance to open my mouth before she was rolling her eyes and shrugging her shoulders at me. It was like I was he ex husband of 20 years who'd come to ask her to clean his shoes after cheating on her, taking all their money and having ten kids with a Russian supermodel. Seriously! She didn't even give me a chance to do anything wrong! She treated all my friends the same, and so we thought maybe she didn't like other women? But then she treated male customers the same!
    I later saw her laughing and chatting with a workmate, so I can only assume she HATES CUSTOMERS!
    I hope the management sort this problem out, the staff seem kind of tired and unhappy and like they hate life, which the customers do their best to ignore.
    Still, the food IS good, and the breakfast is cheap and amazing!

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/12/2009

    I dare you, DARE you, to find another DJ who accompanies the music he's spinning by busting a live jazz flute solo. Yes, the DJ was playing A FLUTE behind his decks into a microphone. A FLUTE.

    The music in the bar area was unbearably loud, but that flute playing maverick just made it at least entertaining.

    Don't expect to have a quiet, civilised, after-work chat in this bar - it is constantly rammed with people yelling rather than talking. Still, we managed to find three stools and perched ourselves at one of the high-top tables for a bottle of Spanish white wine (surprisingly decent) and some tapas.

    We all shared the vegetariano platter, along with some gambas al ajillo and an order of "olla gitana" -- a glorious ceramic pot with enough butternut squash and chickpea stew for two. The flavours in that last dash were outstanding (after the initial wait to avoid burning off our tongues -- it came to us absolutely boiling). A strong taste of smoked paprika adds to the subtlety of the ingredients. Loved it.

    If the food wasn't so nice, I'd hate this place. Not comfortable, too noisy, etc etc. But I seriously enjoyed my brief evening here last night. Can't wait for the next jazz flute sesh.

  • 3.0 star rating
    25/9/2012

    Really cool space. They have an unassuming entry that leads into a separate bar and a dining area. I sat in the bar, which is adjacent to a court yard, which is a nice little perk. I went there on a first date and it was perfect- just loud enough so you'd have to sit close, but just busy enough to be distracted if your partner isn't entertaining.

    In terms of food, it was just okay. Nothing wowed me. As for drinks- really interesting menu, and very tasty (hence the 4 stars)!

    I would totally go back and recommend it to others.

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/3/2011

    It ain't easy to find, and it's seen better days, but Camino can still deliver good times.

    I've never drunk beer here (with all the lovely wines on offer, why would you?) but can report a great selection of wines, and they've never disappointed.

    The food isn't quite as good as the wine selection. It's pretty standard tapas fare, for the most part. Good luck getting into the restaurant without a booking. You can still sample their tapas if you get a table...again, on a busy night, good luck.

    This isn't my Kings Cross watering-hole of choice anymore as it's too crowded and noisy (decent DJs, but you won't be able to hear anyone around you) for my taste. If you want a decent glass of wine and a lively setting, it's worth checking out.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    I had a really good lunch here recently:
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    I really enjoyed everything I ate and especially loved their fabada. Camino is a massive space and I was impressed with the look and feel. A bit too kitsch for my taste (if you can believe that) but cool enough not to insult anyone's tastes.

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    2.0 star rating
    17/11/2009

    When the powers that be decided to plumb Kings Cross into the Eurostar network, they faced a problem. If first impressions are so important, how do you get around the fact that starting off a London sojourn in Kings Cross is like starting off a relationship by sniffing someone's backside?

    What happened, I hear you ask. Well, they did what most governments do... they encouraged people to throw lots of money at it. The result is still the Kings Cross we know and loathe, with places like Camino tacked on or hidden away inside it.

    At face value, Camino doesn't seem so bad. It's large, clean, sports exposed brickwork and plenty of faux-Spanish paraphernalia. What it lacks, sadly, is personality or accomplishment. I tend to avoid Spanish wine, so asking the staff for a little advice off the exclusively Iberian wine list seemed in order. No one knew what I was talking about or how to help. In the end, we had a beer. I didn't try the food, so I can't really comment. Perhaps it's wonderful. Perhaps it's not.

    There's nothing really wrong with Camino. It just lacks character, charm or competence, but there's nothing unusual about that in London - or indeed any other big city. It's just sort of there, possibly the only clean aspirer to bar status in the area, which will make it plenty of people's choice by default. That's ok. If you're in the area, I suppose it's probably as good as you're going to get.

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/6/2010

    Hygiene. That's what Camino is. It's in one of the fairly-recently-done-up parts of Kings Cross and is full of office types eating olives with some mildly overpriced and unsurprisingly average wine each evening.

    However it is nicely set back from the hustle and bustle of its surrounding areas, and the tapas is acceptable for the London.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/1/2011

    I came here to meet a friend for brunch after 20 days of traveling to Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. Camino was the perfect place to catch up and enjoy a light and delicious meal.

    First, the environment of the restaurant was great. The windows on the roof lets in a lot of light and transforms the gloomy King's Cross area into a fresh and clean space. Also, the service was friendly and relatively quick.

    For our meal, we ordered chorizo, fried eggs over potato and a large bruschette with roasted red peppers and eggplant. The chorizo was surprisingly tasty and authentic, especially since I had just returned from Spain. The two other dishes were cooked along the same vein, with bright and fresh flavors. Overall, I loved that the meal was hearty but didn't weight me down for the rest of the day.

    • Qype User sophis…
    • London
    • 58 friends
    • 62 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    6/6/2008

    Having only sampled the bar area of Camino, I can't speak for the restaurant - but after reading favourable reviews I have to say I was a trifle disappointed with the drinks-and-tapas portion of the gastronomic venture.

    Well located in King's Cross this is a popular spot for the office workers of the locality who are after post-work drinking without a bus fare to Islington; it serves the purpose tolerably well with lots of space and an appealing vibe. The £15 house rosé we sampled was a bit below par (even house wines should be tasty) and although the décor is lively and fun it does feel pretty chain-y and not exclusive enough to justify the prices in the next-door restaurant.

    Staff were tolerably helpful and there's a buzzy atmosphere. Camino's convenient but not highly commended by me.

    • Qype User AnnieM…
    • London
    • 98 friends
    • 81 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    25/1/2009

    I had the most fantastic and huge all day Spanish breakfast here last weekend. It would have made perfect hangover food. Two fried eggs, spanish chorizo style sausage, lightly fried potatoes, bacon and toast.

    The service was a little slow, but the waitress apologised so much afterwards and the food was definitely worth the wait.

    This would be a great place to hang out for a lazy brunch. There's lot of space and because it's away from the main King's Cross drag & off the beaten track from tourists, I imagine it would be reasonably easy to get a seat at weekends.

    • Qype User london…
    • London
    • 100 friends
    • 59 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    13/2/2009

    I went here for the first time yesterday after reading a review of the place in a February edition of London Lite recommending the breakfast and coffee.

    Set back away from the hustle and bustle of King's Cross, this place is enormous and perfect for after work drinks. The venue itself is divided into a restaurant and several more casual areas with tables, stools, bars and sofas, as well as free wifi.

    House red decent, as was the draught Cruzcampo beer, served in frozen glasses. Not bad for February (when it was snowing), even better in July where they appear to have the use of a decent-sized open air area. Also of interest was the 'Cafe Bonbom, an expresso coffee with very sweet and syrupy cream - I like sweet things, so this was perfect for me, although perhaps not to everyone's taste. Before leaving, I also sampled some of the tapas: the acorn fed, Iberian ham was excellent (and described in the menu as the world's best), the spinach croquettes were very good and an onion-style bruchetta was delicious, but probably not a good idea before a first date!

    Before I left at about 6pm, the place had really livened up and was heaving with after work types. I can see why as it had a really nice atmosphere and ticked lots of boxes: food, tick. Drinks, tick. Atmosphere, tick.

    According to several sources, the breakfasts (which go on until 4pm at the weekend) are an absolute must, so that'll be next on my list. Come here and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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