Match of the week
Coffee-infused pale ale and jalapeno cornbread
I’ve been making a policy recently of ordering good craft beer when it’s on offer instead of wine which is how I came across this stellar pairing at the newly opened Caravan restaurant in Kings Cross. (Terrific - I’ll tell you more shortly.)
They have a brew made for them by Camden Town Brewery which is infused with their own coffee - one of the things they’re known for (the coffee, not the beer). It didn’t have much of a coffee flavour, just enough to cut the edge of the sweetness of the American-style ale but it was absolutely cracking.
We actually ordered a number of dishes with which it rubbed along fine including fried chicken and watermelon (a surprisingly good combination) and some opulently cheesy grits with truffle oil but the dish I’d recommend - and the only one they’ve brought over from their Exmouth market branch - is the most outrageously moreish jalepeno corn bread with chilli butter. Which I recommend you order with the beer while you try and decide what to eat. The menu is so good it may take some time . . .
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