The Perfect Brunch In Kings Cross – Review: Seen London
SEEN had no problem locating the newest branch of Casa Tua last night – she could smell the delicious food all the way down pretty, tree-filled Cromer Street, not far from bustling King’s Cross and Bloomsbury. It’s definitely a place you want to seek out for brunch in Kings Cross.
Casa Tua means ‘your house’ and specialises in freshly cooked Pugliese cuisine. But it’s not just about the food, it’s the whole experience of being there. Giuseppe Miggiano, the talented owner, envelops you with his great charm and warmth (check out his magnificent waxed moustache – SEEN could barely tear her eyes away!) The moment you step inside his restaurant, the atmosphere is intimate and sociable with a refreshing absence of pretension.
In a city where it’s all too easy to feel anonymous, the service at Casa Tua makes a visit there positively therapeutic. Good for the body and good for the soul. To paraphrase Cesar Chavez; ‘If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with them… the people who give you their food give you their heart.’
An extensive menu offers excellent coffee, breakfasts, brunches, small bites, light mains, fresh artisan pasta, a fabulous tasting menu of traditional Salento dishes and, of course, wines from the Puglia region.
The Perfect Brunch In Kings Cross – Casa Tua
We had glasses of delicious Salice Salintino, perfect for a meal in Autumn, as Frank Sinatra crooned softly in the background. Lovely waiter Alfonso Cimino brought us toasted bread with fresh tomato and herbs to whet our appetites, inviting us to sprinkle on a delicious dried herb concoction that instantly lifted the dish to new heights. Then my guest and I opted to try four dishes for sharing: Purpo e Pitate (spicy stewed octopus, potatoes and celery); Beef Suppli de Riso (meatballs in tomato sauce); Melanzane alla Parmigiana (classic aubergine dish) and Burratina (a light creamy smoked mozzarella). Giuseppe and Alfonso were the most attentive hosts, filling our water and wine glasses, anxious that we should enjoy ourselves, and we did. My guest had some sweet dessert wine and Giuseppe served us a lovely chocolate and sponge roll that the chef Michele Fiancculi had created that very day. It was light and sweet (but not too much so). It was the perfect end to our meal.