Vinoteca is another of the restaurants in the newly developed King’s Cross area, and it turns out it is part of a chain of 5 places. It clearly has a distinct focus on wine, with an absolutely huge list of bottles (though a very limited choice by the glass). Food is Mediterranean for the most part, though they do offer Sunday roast; their menu changes daily, and each meal has a suggested wine to have with it, usually at a reasonable price. We sat outside, which was pleasant enough, and the staff were fine.
We just popped in for a drink and a small bite to eat. The drinks were pretty good, with everyone enjoying their respective port and tonic, aperol spritz, rhubarb Bellini and rose wine.
Food was definitely on the small side. A cheese board had 4 very small morsels of cheese, a perfunctory smear of onion chutney, and 4 oat biscuits. Cheeses were ok to good, but this wasn’t worth the money. Also below high value was the platter of Italian and Spanish cold cuts of pork. Not bad, apparently, but not enough meat. Three small slices of bruschetta (one was grabbed pre-photo) with a sharp sun-dried tomato and olive paste were tasty, though.
I have a feeling that if you went for the right meal and had their paired wine, then it could be a bit better, but I didn’t feel like I got the best out of Vinoteca. I might well return to test my theory.
Address: 3 King’s Boulevard, London N1C 4BU