King acts as a welcome respite from SoHo’s swarming streets. Beige and brown interiors lend the restaurant the sort of warm and inviting atmosphere you would expect of a business with an Italian influence. Foliage is expertly placed around the front room, a bright space featuring a cosy, six-person bar, while the back dining room feels more formal, with white tablecloths, woven wooden chairs and neutral leather seating lining the walls.
The menu changes daily — dependent on what is fresh and in season — and ranges from classic Provençal dishes to authentic Italian. Every morning, de Boer and Shadbolt sit together and brainstorm the day’s menus based on the ingredients available to them — wild halibut grilled with asparagus, duck confit with cannellini beans, rabbit and sage saltimbocca with speck… In many ways, the food seems to reflect the interiors: perfectly simple.