If you didn’t know there was a small restaurant inside the Filling Station in Kings Cross, then you’d never really think twice of the slightly retro designed front facade of a disused petrol station. You wouldn’t know that a very small restaurant with a slight diner vibe (in fact they do refer to themselves as a “deluxe dinette”) hides behind the thick perspex wall overlooking the Regent Canal, serving an interesting menu of brunches, burgers, sandwiches, salads and sides, as well as an intriguing dessert and sundae menu, and a somewhat extensive cocktail menu too!
We visited on a rainy Sunday afternoon just before 3pm, and this meant we were able to opt for the Luncheonette Special they were running at the time, which consisted of any sandwich and a side for just £12 each – perfect as I was about to choose their Soft Shell Crab Burger which would have set me back £13.50 alone! As a side was included in my deal, I went for the jalapeno, pepper and maple slaw (normally priced at £5). The burger itself was tasty, but the majority of the great crab flavour was concentrated in the middle of the burger, leaving the several bites around the outside somewhat lacking. The slaw was crunchy and zesty, but missed the heat from the jalapenos that I was expecting. My dining partners Cheeseburger in a Bonnet (usually £11.50) on the other hand was delicious – very moist and well cooked, and the brioche bonnet was both aesthetically and gastronomically pleasing, and his side of chips (usually £4) were also great – crunchy yet fluffy at the same time! This offer has since changed to offer a different range of mains, so you may not get to try these great dishes in this bargain deal, but that’s okay – the burger at least is worth trying at any time, and I will definitely be returning to this quirky little dinette soon, maybe to try their great three course deal for just £17.50.