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King’s Cross is slowly building up a collection of stand-out places to eat. Stroll over Regent's Canal and into Granary Square (avoiding the water fountains) and you’ll find Grain Store. Following the success of The Zetter Townhouse, Grain Store is the second collaborative effort between Bruno Loubet, Michael Benyan and Mark Sainsbury of The Zetter Group.
The restaurant is vast and airy and has quite an industrial feel, with achingly on-trend décor, but the atmosphere is both unpretentious and informal. The open kitchen is extraordinary and you can see into almost every part of it, a few of our dishes were even brought to the table by the chef that prepared it.
Vegetables take centre stage on the menu, with a few meat and fish elements dotted throughout. A surprise menu chosen by Bruno (from £35 per person) is a great way to sample the best of what’s on offer. Highlights included the impossibly soft focaccia, served with dukkah and olive oil, £4, a chilled lobster ‘Bloody Mary’, £10.50 and the mushroom croquettes, which were quite literally bursting with flavour. Make sure to ask about the tart of the day, because when it comes to dessert the chocolate brownie and pear tart, £6, is a winner.
Like the menu the cocktail list, compiled by Tony Conigliaro, draws inspiration from the veg patch, so kick start proceedings with a savoury pumpkin and maple syrup Bellini, £7.50. The wine list is imaginative, if a little unfamiliar, with a range of lesser known regions given a chance to shine (we needed a spot of guidance) but you certainly cant go wrong with a glass of Nyetimber Cuvée, £9.50 or a glass of Silencis, £7.
If you’re not heading back to the office or anywhere else for that matter, then the liqueur trolley has your name on it. We recommend rounding things off with a Kings Ginger, £6.50.
WHO TO TAKE – someone who doesn’t mind sharing, trying as much as possible is the order of the day
WHAT NOT TO MISS - the courtyard at the front of the restaurant, perfect for wiling away a lunch time with glass in hand
MAKE FRIENDS WITH – Emily Harman, the charming sommelier, will guide you through some of the trickier varietals on the wine list
Photo credit: Amy Murrell