JKS Restaurants is to open a third Hoppers in Pancras Square, King’s Cross in February 2020.
The brand is inspired by the home cooking and roadside stalls of Sri Lanka and southern India - ifollows the much-travelled coastal journey from Colombo, the island’s capital, to the historical Dutch town of Galle.
Taking cues from iconic landmarks along the scenic coastal route, the interiors are led by Article Design Studio and incorporate features from the Geoffrey Bawa-designed Bentota Railway Station and the Coat of Arms Bar at Jetwing’s Lighthouse Hotel in Galle.
Welcoming guests will be a centrepiece iron-clad concrete bar, complemented by warm, terracotta-toned floors throughout the main dining area.
Staying true to Hoppers’ philosophy of family-style feasting, the menu will feature all-new bar bites, seafood grills and beachside snacks. Negombo Crab Kari, Jaffna Isso Vade, Black Pepper Curry Leaf Prawn Skewers, Quail Kari, and Sprat and Brinjal Pahe will be exclusive to the Kings Cross menu.
Hoppers King’s Cross will have a much larger bar than the previous sites, featuring a selection of beers on tap.
The offer will include two of Hoppers’ own brewed beers, the Hoppers SPL (Sri Lankan Pale Lager) in collaboration with local brewery Camden Town Brewery - a fresh, crisp lager with the addition of green mango. There will also be Toddy Ale in collaboration with Salt Beer Factory in Bradford - a rich, creamy coconut IPA inspired by toddy, a fermented coconut drink from Sri Lanka.
The cocktail list will feature sharing punches, swizzles and coolers inspired by classic 1960s Tiki-style drinks, blended with tropical flavours from the sub-continent.
Guests can also order ‘tap cocktails’ such as Nitro Frothy Kappi, a spiced creamy nitro cold brew espresso martini made using Sri Lankan coffee, and Arrack Attack No.3, a house fermented ginger beer with Ceylon Arrack and lime.