Magenta, a restaurant as vivid as the hue, has opened in Kings Cross, within the iconic Megaro Hotel. It boasts an imaginative Northern Italian-inspired menu curated by Executive Head Chef Manuele Bazzoni and an extensive wine list presenting the best vineyards across Italy.
The striking interior at Magenta, designed by renowned British artist and designer Henry Chebaane, echoes the 19th-century heritage of the building in which it is housed; the industrial-age heritage and vibrancy of the contemporary artistic culture of Kings Cross and its Italian immigrant community.
The restaurant and bar have been transformed into a giant art installation within an indoor pergola of Victorian industrial architecture, designed with a colour palette of coal, steel and oak, boldly furnished with brilliant magenta fabrics. To add to the theatricality of the experience, thousands of pink and silver butterflies flutter overhead to a cinematic soundtrack.
As well as the stunning main restaurant, there is a charming outdoor terrace for al fresco dining and drinking and two individually designed and distinctive private dining rooms.
Chef Manuele Bazzoni has crafted a four-course A la carte menu based on his native Northern Italy favourite flavours. It reflects his 15-year culinary career in London, including as Head Chef at Le Boudin Blanc and Trinity before he joined the Megaro Hotel four years ago.
Starting with Manuele’s unique recipe for charcoal flour bread and using top quality British produce throughout, Antipasti include Crispy cannelloni of Dorset crab with bisque jelly & preserved lemon gel, or Roasted Veal sweetbread, fresh peas, Girolles with almond foam.
First courses include Potato & truffle Tortellini with mushrooms & Miso broth, or Scallops raviolo, monks beards w/ Vermouth & lavender sauce.
For the second course, you could choose Fermented cauliflower steak, girolles, wild garlic, summer truffle with cocoa butter, Turbot t-bone, razor clams, and sea vegetables dill scented broth.
Decadent desserts include Pistachio cake & raspberry sorbet with Mascarpone & raspberry mousse, or Amalfi lemon curd & olive oil crumble & crispy meringue.
Magenta is open for dinner and lunch from Tuesday to Saturday. The A la carte menu prices are two courses for £32.00, three for £42.00 and four for £52.00. There’s an express lunch menu available Tuesday to Saturday too at £22 per person for two courses and £25 for three courses with a complimentary soft drink.
The wine list has been selected by in-house Sommelier Alessandro Facciolo and offers intriguing wines from the most interesting wine-growing regions in Italy, alongside Champagnes. There’s an elegant cocktail list with signature creations including Pink Pantera – Rose wine, select liqueur, raspberry, vanilla & tonic, and Magenta A Fizz – Chamomile liqueur, Prosecco, Jasmine tea, lemon & grapes.
Mauve – Private Dining at Magenta
Within the intimate space of the Mauve private dining rooms, you will find The Mauve Private Carriage. It is a fantastical steampunk dining carriage, a nod to yesteryear Kings’ Cross and The Victory Room. It boasts a high vaulted window overlooking the entrance of The Megaro Hotel and takes its name from the stately rooms of HMS Victory, which includes a table created from the timbers of this iconic ship.
The two private dining rooms are accessed via a dedicated staircase and are available to seat up to 12 people in each.
Magenta – Where and How?
Address: 23, Euston Road, King’s Cross, St Pancras, London, NW1 2SD.
Bookings can be made via www.magentarestaurant.co.uk.
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