Lunch dates are one of life’s great rewards.
When my Mum and sister came to visit, I leapt at the opportunity to book us a table at one of London’s most talked about restaurant openings, German Gymnasium.
The non-conventional name gives a nod to its former surroundings as the first purpose-built gym in England, solely funded by London’s German community in 1865. The space was home to the German Gymnastics Society and hosted the indoor events of the first ever Olympic Games in 1866. The beautifully restored Grade-II listed building is situated in the heart of King’s Cross, an area that has recently undergone a major overhaul from industrial wasteland to thriving community with a brand new postcode, N1C.
We made a dash from the rain showers, dropped our brollies at reception and found our seats in the belly of the 57ft former exercise hall.
The restaurant is split across two floors with dark and gold tones to the interior. The beautiful floral display acts as a stunning centre piece for all diners to apppreciate.
We ordered a bottle of rosé and toasted our Friday afternoon before diving into an overdue catch up on all the latest news. Have a read of my previous post about afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason, another great venue for a girlie catch up!
Under the masterful eye of head chef Bjoern Wassmuth, the menu at German Gymnasium presents Mittel-European inspired dishes including some rather glamorous takes on the old German favourites, Vienna Schnitzel and Currywurst. If sauerkraut gives you the shivers, do not fear! There are plenty of dishes on offer – including salads and steaks – to tickle your tastebuds.
The buttermilk chicken burger came with crispy onions, lettuce and cheddar cheese which oozed out of a Brezel bun (pretzel to us) and it was one of the tastiest burgers I’ve had in a long while!
The chicken schnitzel came on a hidden bed of tomato, cucumber and rocket salad and tasted delicious – beautifully cooked, chef!
Of course, the GG burger was a resounding hit.
Just look at that crispy bacon!
Catering to all tastes and budgets (similar to Thomas’s Cafe at Burberry), there are three parts to German Gymnasium all with varied menus to explore. Upstairs you will find the more formal restaurant with both à la carte and set menu options. The Meister bar offers a snack menu but only on a first come, first serve basis.
Once the rain had subsided and the last cup of peppermint tea had been drunk, we took a walk outside.
If you find yourself in the local area, make sure you book a table at German Gymnasium (find them here)
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