A couple of weeks ago, we finished work on a Friday night as close to 5.30pm as possible and travelled up from central to Kings Cross. We had a booking at Drake and Morgan for some birthday celebrations!
I love Friday night dates and when there's a birthday to celebrate as well, dates are even better. The boy didn't know where we were heading and I'd planned cocktails followed by a later supper reservation and was more than a little bit excited to execute my plan!
Drake and Morgan is set over two beautiful floors, in the newly developed area behind Kings Cross station. The buildings are spacious and industrial, and have been converted using sleek design ideas, lots of metallics, heavy oaks floors and metal internal structures, resulting in a simple and stylish finish.
Downstairs is the bar area, with elegant booths and large circular bar, whereas upstairs it’s all about dining with an open kitchen, deli, lounge, ‘kitchen pods’, private dining room and outdoor terrace.
We started downstairs for cocktails. It felt like a bit of a treat, going into the darkened brass filled bar, while it was still light outside and on any normal day we'd probably still have been at our desks!
Drinks were a Garden Collins for him - Tanqueray gin, coriander, raspberry, black pepper, lemon, sugar & soda - and a Hummingbird for me - Tanqueray gin, elderflower, lime & raspberry.
It had been a while since we'd last had a date night with work and other commitments filling up the weekends and it was so so lovely to just sit and chat, giggle and discuss!
By the time our table was ready we were both starving and very ready to head upstairs. I had told the booking team that we were celebrating a birthday and they had given us a table up on the balcony, overlooking the restaurant. It was the ideal spot, with neither of us having to face away from the buzz of the Friday night crowd, and light and airy restaurant space.
We persued the menus over a crisp and cold bottle of white before giving our orders to our very charming Italian waiter.
He opted for the pork belly in a peach BBQ glaze and said it was delicious. A clever combination of flavours and beautifully presented. There may also have been a side of chips to go with it!
I chose a tuna steak with an okra salad. Cooked rare, the tuna was dressed with an amazing balsamic glaze and was cooked to perfection. I couldn't resist also ordering the fat chips alongside which were equally good!
Once mains were cleared we were both fairly full but decided that we'd definitely left room for dessert. We're good at sharing desserts and, wanting to try as much of the menu as possible, went for an Eton mess sundae and chocolate brownie between us. The brownie wasn't my favourite (I like them super gooey) but the presentation was gorgeous and the Eton mess was amazing. Fresh and perfectly sized. We enjoyed them both with a final glass of wine, and another admire of the amazing dining room.
The service was impeccable and the additional birthday cocktails that were delivered by our lovely waiter went down a treat! We wandered home feeling very full, happy, and excited to re-visit Drake and Morgan and explore some more of the menu.
All photos from the Drake and Morgan Instagram channel - I was being good and had my phone away for the whole of supper, so no pics unfortunately!