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By JON DEAN
Monday, August 13, 2012
As more good quality diners sprawl their way across the new and rather swanky mezzanine level at King’s Cross, the place becomes less a functional travel terminus and more and more a destination in itself.
King’s Cross Station, Mezzanine level
Tube: King’s Cross/St Pancras
Tel: 020 7812 1304
Mains: from £4
Wine: from £3.85
Children Welcome: Yes
Disabled access: Yes
Sandwiched between an Italian place and another eaterie, with it’s own collection of tables, lies Benito’s Hat, the fourth branch of the popular Mexican outlet.
The concept is familiar – choose your filling, pick your salad and sauces and get handed an enormous burrito.
Where Benito’s Hat scores highly is the quality of the ingredients; the chunks of steak are well-marinated and succulent, the grilled chicken is deliciously seasoned and the pork is braised with just a hint of cinnamon.
The spicy and medium salsas are packed with flavour and, though the guacamole was a little bland, with so much else going it didn’t matter.
Tacos are also available and a nice quirk of the King’s Cross branch is the burrita – a scaled down version of the main event, presumably aimed at the weight conscious.
Not me, though: I tore through my delicious burrito with gay abandon and, after washing it down with a Pacifico, one of the finest lagers on the planet, I wished I had a long train journey to sleep it all off.
The Margaritas are also very good – intriguingly made with lemon or passionfruit rather than the traditional lime – though at almost £7 for quite a small glass they need to be.
Benito’s Hat is good enough to be worth a trip to the station even if you are not travelling, and if you are, it’s tasty enough to pop down early.