If you didn’t already know that Islington is the foodie capital of north London, now you do. Upper Street has traditionally ruled the roost and last year saw the opening of a multitude of acclaimed venues; from fine-dining hangout 1251 to tiki cocktail paradise Laki Kane. But with the development of luxury apartments and the launch of Coal Drops Yard a few months back, King’s Cross is back on the map.
Cue Tamashii; the KX spot serving up pan-Asian dishes in lit surroundings... there's literally neon signage dotted all around. Located just a short walk from Kings Cross station and within minutes from the restaurant-laden Pentonville Road and Granary Square, it’s a bright spark in the bustle of N1. So, we just had to check it out.
With it being a sad January evening, we kicked things off with a couple of drinks. A gritty Stagger Saurus IPA (£5) for him and a smooth Amazake Mudslide (£6.50) for me. Combining vodka with Mud City stout reduction, rice milk, this was the start of an Asian-centred evening.
When it comes to food, you can’t go wrong… unless you’re a wimp when it comes to spice. Shichimi chilli squid (£6.75) is spicy AF while sticky chicken wings (£6.50) pack the perfect punch of heat. Crispy aromatic duck (£9) was sliced at the table and filled the spot, just as it should. Elsewhere, the signature baked lobster with chilli and garlic (£32) was a welcome take on the garlicky crustacean that I’m used to. Delicious.
Always leaving room for dessert, we opted for a couple of ice cream mochis (£3.50 each). Matcha green tea was true to taste, though a little too melted, while sesame was right up the boyfriend’s street; an understated ice cream contrasted with the nutty, savoury taste of a seeded coating. Oddly satisfying.
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Looking to get cracking on Islington’s foodie scene? Ditch the knife, fork and overwhelming hubbub of Angel and pick up those chopsticks, because Tamashii is cooking up a tempting mix of authentic East Asian eats in a laid-back setting. Plus, with Coal Drops Yard and Granary Square boasting so many bars within walking distance, you won’t need to look far for that post-dinner digestif.