RAILS Restaurant: An Escape of Culinary Excellence Nestled Above London’s Busiest Station

Kings Cross St Pancras is known to be the pinnacle of London’s hustle and bustle. Home to the Eurostar and set in the heart of the city’s centre, it is a station that sees hundreds of thousands of passers-by on any average day. However, King’s Cross is much more than just a hub of London’s underground connections. If you look past the commotion and commuters, this breathtaking station encapsulates the charm of exploration, wanderlust, and simple, everyday journeys. It acts as the entry point into London’s busiest attractions and thriving nightlife, for both those new visitors and those well accustomed to it.

Whichever category you fall into, take in the grand architecture, step out into the crisp city air and fall into the romance of travel at RAILS restaurant. From the softly lit table lamps to the signature dishes of French influence, the links this restaurant has to Paris, as well as the homage it pays to the elegance of travel, is apparent as soon as you step foot in the door.

Mastering both an intimate yet airy space, you would soon forget that within this restaurant you are sitting just one floor above the crowds of people and volumes of noise synonymous with the bustling station below. As you make your way through the open double doors, the quaint, refined interior of eclectic artwork, hanging pendant lights and leather half-moon booths soon transport you to an elegant restaurant in Paris.

The space is relaxed and welcoming yet has an air of excellence, making it the perfect choice for a special occasion. The soft hue from the table lamps and indoor foliage contribute to the warm ambience whilst the thick velvet curtains hanging from the floor-to-ceiling windows as well as the petite round tables are reminiscent of a chic Parisian café.

The menu offers an extensive selection of modern British classics as well as freshly grilled dishes with French influence. The menu is both locally sourced and seasonal, something that is apparent throughout the high-quality dishes. What’s more, for those on a gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian diet, each dish helpfully states what is suitable for you, and the waiting staff are incredibly attentive and accommodating.

We opted for the chilled heirloom tomato and red pepper velouté to start, as well as the asparagus, pea, broad bean and artichoke salad. Accompanied with fresh, warm bread, these starters were the perfect dishes to whet the appetite and acted as a great indication of what was to come.

We were also provided with a toasted batch of gluten-free bread upon request, so those with gluten intolerance need not worry.

As a main course, we opted for the grilled swordfish salmoriglio, served in a tomato and caper sauce as well as the classic steak frites served with a bérnaise sauce. With the recommendation of our waitresses, we decided to accompany our mains with a bottle of deeply aromatic Pinot Noir.

The melt-in-the-mouth swordfish left the tastebuds wanting more while the succulent steak was cooked to perfection. Paired with steamed broccoli and a deliciously zesty fennel and cucumber salad, we almost (almost) thought we wouldn’t have room for dessert!

We did, of course, have room for dessert, and chose the coconut sorbet and the chocolate, raspberry slice. Needless to say, it was the perfect ending to our delicious three-course meal.

For those who want to carry on late into the night, the show can continue (or the finale can take place) in Little Bar, the stylish and intimate bar next door with a generous menu of digestifs, cocktails and wine.

From start to finish, RAILS is more than a restaurant, it is a culinary experience that transcends the bounds of geographical location. It uses its unique setting above London’s busiest railway station to encapsulate the romance of travel, bringing a slice of Paris into London’s city centre whilst merging French and British cuisines.

In conclusion, next time you find yourself in the midst of a hectic commute in King’s Cross Station or seeking an extra special evening you won’t forget, stop what you’re doing and book a table at RAILS restaurant- it is one we would highly recommend you pay a visit to.

www.railslondon.com

Josie Wilkins

Josie is a Journalism graduate from Galway, Ireland. In her free time, she writes for her blog, Naturally Fuelled (@josiewilkins on instagram). When she isn't writing, she enjoys playing the one song she knows on the piano, 'I Giorni', saving the postman from her aggressive Shorkie, and defending brussels sprouts as an all-year-round snack!