Arabica to open second restaurant

By James McAllister

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Arabica to open second restaurant

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Chef James Walters’ Levantine-inspired restaurant concept Arabica is to open a second London site in King’s Cross this September.

Housed on the ground floor of the recently opened Aga Khan Centre building, the restaurant will have just over 100 covers, 40 of which will be on an exterior terrace.

The interior will feature an open plan kitchen and bar with counter seating, and a large communal table for up to 20 diners.

Arabica’s new restaurant will offer an almost entirely new menu, complemented by a handful of the popular dishes from the brand's original Borough Market site.

New dishes will mainly draw inspiration from trips made by Walters to Lebanon, Istanbul and Tel Aviv.

Dishes launching at King’s Cross will include Istanbul-style mussel tempura served with walnut sauce that’s spiked with Turkish red pepper paste; and puff pastry parcels filled with slow-braised ox cheek that’s been cooked in red wine with roasted root vegetables and caramelised onions, and infused with dried Persian limes and eastern spices.

“We’ve been searching for the right neighbourhood to open in for a while and King’s Cross offers a curious mix of shiny new buildings and repurposed industrial heritage which excites us,” says Walters.

“The place feels youthful and focused on tomorrow and we hope the restaurant will be a common room of sorts for this diverse community, where locals, students and visitors alike can drop by for a morning coffee or an evening bite.”

Walters opened his first Arabica restaurant in Borough Market back in 2014.

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