1 King's Blvd, London N1C 4BU www.germangymnasium.com
Opening this week is German Gymnasium, the latest dining venue from D&D London, uniting patisserie counter, Grand Cafe, restaurant and bar, all in a Grade II listed former gym at King's Cross.
Built in 1865 it was Britains first purpose-built gym and even hosted the first-ever indoor events of the 1866 Olympic Games. Now, the historic building will house a restaurant, grand café, bars and a terrace serving the best of Mittel-European food from dawn til dusk.
The 447-cover complex includes a Grand café, outdoor terrace, restaurant, bar and private dining rooms. The dining areas will include one of Kings Cross largest terraces, a patisserie counter, an all-day grand cafe which will be open from breakfast through to dinner, a first-floor restaurant and also the Meister Bar.
The menu will feature classic Mittel-European dishes in recognition of the sites German heritage. Expect to find dishes such as calves liver Berliner Art, beef goulash, veal schnitzel, schupfnudeln and wild mushrooms and different wursts in the Grand Cafe. From 4pm daily there is Kaffee and Kuchen or as we might say coffee and cake. Theyll be apple strudels, sachertorte and speciality coffees, while in the restaurant choices include chopped steak tartare, truffled beef broth with liver dumplings and foie gras terrine. This sounds like our kind of gym.
While maintaining the buildings key original features and ensuring the heritage is not lost, it is a contemporary take on the grand cafes and brasseries of Central Europe. No more dilemmas about whether you should go to the gym or go out for a meal with your friends. Now you can do both, sort of.
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