Kitchin N1 is a buffet restaurant in the King’s Cross area in London. It is, as it says on their website, based on a “theatre-island kitchen” where you can actually see the chefs prepare the food. The chefs are surrounded by the buffet tables, where you can pick and choose your meal as you please.
Right from the start, I’d like to say that it’s extremely affordable. Lunch between Monday and Saturday (which is when I went) was £7.99. You can check out their price lists here. One more thing, it’s halal food so if that’s what you need, feel free to indulge in their meat dishes.
They have a section of Thai, Chinese, Indian and Italian foods, along with the salad and dessert counter. My friend and I decided to taste as much as we could. I think we managed admirably! My favourites would be the chicken satay grill with the peanut sauce and the hot and sour chicken soup. But what really made my lunch a winner was their live Chinese wok station. You picked what you wanted in the dish, and the chef prepared it live for you. I absolutely loved the resulting dish – those who like spicy food, don’t worry too much about asking for the “hot” option when this dish is being prepared. If, like me, you’re used to a lot of spicy food, hot isn’t going to burn your tongue. The starters are great – I think we missed out on some great looking dishes by filling ourselves up at the start.
At the price they’re quoting, the food is more than sufficient and good to eat. Located just a couple of minutes walk away from King’s Cross St Pancras, you can’t get more central than this.