Waddington’s latest venture is Shrimpy’s, an American restaurant, set in a former filling station in King’s Cross, next to the Regent's Canal. As with Waddington’s pop-up restaurant in 2010 on top of the Olympic site, the architecture has been seen to by Carmody Groarke and is a classic piece of post-millennial minimalism, scaffold pipes, neon lighting and stainless steel included.
There are few places in London which simultaneously catch the attention of foodies, culture lovers and hipsters - but anything run by David Waddington (of Bistrotheque fame) is guaranteed to prick-up the ears of all of London, and beyond.
The walls of Shrimpy’s are adorned with vintage Americana iconography by Donald Urquhart and Jonathan Trayte – think Errol Flynn with green hair, and Jackie O in cobalt blue. The food is a delicious combination of traditional American (soft-shell crab burger, fried chicken with sweetcorn) and the experimental but minimal cuisine which Shrimpy’s parent restaurant, Bistrotheque, is famed for. We particularly liked the pineapple crisps; wafer thin slices of caramelised pineapple served with mascarpone, mint and raspberries, and the unattractive sounding but delicious veal heart; served wafer thin and with fried chorizo.
Though the restaurant is booked up for the foreseeable future, the bar is reserved for walk-ins, so if you’re willing to wait, or take a chance, then you should definitely take a trip to King’s Cross before 2014 – when the filling station is due for demolition.