BBQ-ing in bad weather is a proud British tradition.
But BBQ-ing in autumn, and even winter? That’s something you need to go to Parrillan for.
You’ll find it in the Coal Drops Yard, up on the upper level next to the vaunted Barrafina (who run the whole operation). Here it occupies a large, covered, and importantly warm al fresco rooftop terrace poking its nose out over the sleek-looking King’s Cross development like the bow of a huge ship – and unlike the counter-only dining of Barrafina, it’s filled with dozens of actual tables & chairs, and those tables and chairs have heated blankets and sheepskins on them, as well as heaters & weatherproof glass enclosures beside them.
But that’s not the biggest difference. No, that title is reserved for the simple fact that here at Parrillan, you cook your own food.
“Hang on”, we hear you chime, “isn’t the skilled culinary nous of executive chef Angel Zapata Martin precisely what you’d go to Barrafina for?”. And yes, you’d be right. But you’ll be in equally safe hands here – he and the team are preparing delicately seasoned cuts of meat, fish and veg to be delivered to your table along with freshly prepared sauces and a personal grill (or parrilla) to scorch it all on, precisely to your own liking.
Here’s the gist: after taking your seat, a member of the wait staff will head to the charcoal oven sitting innocuously in the corner of the outdoor space and fill your portable parrillan with white-hot coals. They’ll then wheel it over to your table, plonk it in the centre, and explain exactly how long they recommend you sear each of the various things you’ve ordered. Of course, it’s all up to you, but it never hurts to have a little guidance.
And just what are those delicious menu items? Well, they’ve got the likes of pintxo de Txistorra sausage, Iberian pork lagarto with alioli, lamb pintxo moruno skewers, and 25-Day aged Hereford beef sirloin with romesco. Trust us, they’re all delicious.
There are also some warming soups & stews, including a pumpkin and lentil soup, and an Asturian Fabada with pancetta, chorizo and morcilla – as well as plenty of cheese, desserts, and a roster of fine sherries and wines by the glass.
And speaking of hydration, they also have a sizeable g&t menu as well as plenty of cocktails, including a chestnut negroni, and some glasses of piping hot sangria.
Just don’t enjoy them too much, or you’ll end up in someone else’s grill.
NOTE: Parrillan is taking outdoor bookings now – you can find out more HERE.
Parrillan | Coal Drops Yard, Bagley Walk, N1C 4AB
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