Camino is one of Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls favorite bars in Kings Cross. We have even had a few drinks here but never tried the food. we were meeting a friend we had not seen for a long time in Kings Cross and we wanted a Spanish flavour to the evening to remember the Spain holiday together last year. So this time we walked through the bar straight into the restaurant and we are pleased to say that the restaurant is far more simple, clean and stylish than the bar.
We were quickly seated and the waiters (although very English – not a Spanish trace in looks or accent) explained the options and translated the dishes that had Spanish names. We decided to go for the tapas and try the platter which would allow us to try a range of dishes that we may not normally have chosen. In the platter there was a dish of roasted eggplant, onion, and pepper which was juicy and full of flavour. There was also the familiar dish of chorizos which were small but spicy and full of flavour. We were also served with ham croquets which were fluffy in texture but rather tasteless and calamari which seemed to be more batter than actual meat and was very small in size but not greasy and seasoned to perfection. Finally we were served with small green peppers called pardon peppers that were charcoaled. We were warned that the peppers are like Russian roulette as one can be mild yet another can blow your head off. These had a sweet yet burnt bitter taste that had a sweet after taste although they were coated they were not swimming in oil. We have to admit we usually avoid Spanish restaurants as they seem to bathe all dishes in a far too generous amount of olive oil but Camino seemed to avoid this down fall. To go with this, we ordered a fillet steak which was juicy and perfectly rare – just how I like it. My friend ordered the chicken on the bone which was tender although possibly slightly overcooked. The dishes all came out together and served with rustic bread. With my insatiable appetite, we were worried we would still be hungry with a shared platter but there was ample for us both and more some.
Although when you first walk into this place it looks unauthentic – almost to the point of not actually trying. The food actually speaks for its self and is in fact authentic when it comes down to it. Although the staff are unashamedly English, they have an incredible knowledge of the food, this is much better than pretending to be Spanish I am sure you will agree. This reminds us of when we were at University, we went to a lovely Italian restaurant for a special occasion and had the waiter explain.
The specials in a beautiful Italian accent only to look up and find a fellow student who really has a very broad Essex accent standing in front of me. Needless to say he ignored us for a good couple of months afterwards. The dishes are on the whole tasty and well thought through. The lack of Spanish atmosphere does goes against this place but as the food speaks for itself, we don’t feel this should spoil the enjoyment of our meal. As a result we give Camino:
Food Atmosphere Service