An old petrol station at the back of King’s Cross isn’t the first place you’d look for a hip, new South American restaurant from the owners of the fashion crowd’s favourite East End hangout, Bistrotheque. Think of Ed Ruscha’s Gasoline Station series, though, and you get a good idea of how architects Carmody Groarke (designers of the Barbican’s Bauhaus show) have transformed a former garage shop into a cozy but elegant 50-seat diner. Just opened over two weeks ago, once you’ve made your way past the slats of translucent fibreglass and the open yard beside the canal, you’ll find an upscale room with blue velvet banquettes, white linen tableclothes and napkins and Donald Urquhart art on the walls. The small menu is made up of upmarket ‘fry ups’ with Peruvian and Mexican ingredients, with a soft shell crab burger their signature dish of battered crab legs poking out beneath the bun (although we preferred the Monkfish with chilli, radish and lemon). Puddings include a chocolate sundae for those with a sweet tooth and poached quince. Whimsical and fun, we recommend you book online.