Just a short walk around the back of Kings Cross Station leads you to the not so well known, ‘Granary Square’ an imaginative oasis of redeveloped warehouses, hidden by a wall of construction. I realize that this picture does not paint one of romance but I think its secrecy is the key to its charm. My date and I arrived at sunset, where outside the red-lit fountains glistened in the evening sun, providing the mood for the evening ahead.
Inside Caravan, the space has an industrial look with exposed brickwork, steel beams and metal fittings, yet it still possesses a warmth about it with the sensuous aroma of warm spices in the air and the buzz of happy vibrant customers filling the room. The bustling atmosphere is nicely balanced with low lighting and funky music to stop it from teetering on the boisterous.
The menu is an eclectic mix of dishes from around the world, most seemed to hail from North Africa, but to be honest, my date and I were unsure of most of the ingredients, a slight setback which the waiter was only too happy to put right.
To start we ordered the Meat Board, Pork Croquettes and the Jalapeno Corn Bread. The Pork Croquettes were crispy, meaty and I could have easily devoured an entire plate full. The corn bread was tasty, buttery and had a little kick to it, we were slightly let down by the meat platter, which was pretty standard – a few cornichons wouldn’t have gone amiss! By this point, the restaurant was completely full, this did not, however, affect the attentiveness of the waiting staff who were efficient and accommodating.
For the mains we weren’t in a particularly adventurous mood, so chose to play it safe with a good old fashioned pizza. Similar to Franco Manca’s or Pizza East, Caravan’s sourdough pizza hit the spot, I went for soutsouki sausage, taleggio and peppers which was pretty spicy. My date went for gorgonzola, parma ham, olives and walnuts which was very tasty indeed!
There is an option for sharing dishes, which we didn’t go for but still had a good nose at – they looked really scrummy. Though be warned, the small plates are exactly that so you may need a fair few of them to fill you up.
After being defeated by the pizza’s, we skipped dessert and headed for the door. Outside the illuminated fountains were now glowing in the dark, if it hadn’t have been so cold this would have been a perfect place to hang out with a bottle of Prosecco and a straw.
Caravan is a fun and easy to enjoy restaurant choice, but bear in mind that it is very popular, we went on a Tuesday night and it was packed, so make sure you make a reservation beforehand. Caravan also have a brunch menu on the weekends where booking is not a necessity, so if you want to avoid the crowds – opt for an earlier date time. A great setting with interesting food, friendly staff and a funky atmosphere – definitely can’t go wrong with Caravan.