If there is anywhere in this city where I can honestly say that the interior/aesthetic made my heart go funny it was German Gymnasium.
After trying a sample at Taste of London, Andrea and I both wanted to have a sit down dinner at German Gymnasium situated in Kings Cross. Lucky for me, Andrea surprised me and took me here without me knowing a thing. From the outside you wouldn't know the beauty that was kept within. You're greeted with an art deco feel. Lots of gold. The first floor is the Grand Cafe, which serves brunches, lunches and all things yum. The first floor however, is the main restaurant which folds around a square shape so you can look down into the cafe in the middle.
We were seated overlooking the cafe, which was lovely as I am such a people watcher, and you could see the hustle and bustle of the waiters and chefs. I couldn't get over how pretty everything was. Minimal and effective. The tables black marble, the chairs gold and the high ceilings white. Here's a little history of the building
German Gymnasium was designed by Edward Gurning and was England's first purpose built gymnasium, with funding coming solely from London's German community. It was built in 1865 for the German Gymnastics Society (established in 1861 by Ernst Ravenstein) and hosted the indoor events London's first Olympic games back in 1866. - German Gymnasium Website
If you ever get a chance to see it, the architecture is great, it still has all the old beams and high windows. It's really magnificent. Anyway to the food!
With thanks to the Evening Standard we were able to do 3 courses for £30 including a glass of champagne (They do do other offers starting at £15 pp!) . So to start I had Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho with a spicy yoghurt. It was a combination of two of my favourite fruits. It was so refreshing and the hint of the yoghurt was a great touch as it warmed up your taste buds after eating something so cold. Andrea had the Spek Salad with Melon.
For main I was stuck between two dishes and with help from our lovely waiter he told me that the Summer Truffle and Wild Mushroom Risotto was extremely good, I couldn't say no. My god, it was probably one of the best truffle risottos I have ever had. My first experience of truffle risotto was at Locatelli's and nothing has ever been the same. I must admit though, German Gymnasium was very close. It was extremely creamy, flowing with white wine and stuffed with shavings of truffle. Andrea had Veal coated in breadcrumbs with buttered spinach and potatoes. A very classic German dish. It was also very nice but it didn't compare to my indulgent risotto!
Pudding came and I don't know how I managed. Andrea ploughed through and ordered a Creme Brûlée as per but it was very pretty and came with sugar work and dark cherries. I couldn't have anything as heavy as that so I settled for ice cream! But it did come with a lemon crumb and fresh strawberries so I didn't feel too guilty. Plus mine came on a marble style plate and I was close to taking it home with me.
I didn't want to leave. Sitting in there was like sitting in an abundance of all my favouite things. I definitely want to go back and try every menu they have. I'm such a brunch person so maybe that'll be next.
German tickle your fancy?
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