Grain Store is a vegetarian friendly restaurant, although it isn’t a  vegetarian restaurant as they serve meat too.  Their theme is healthy eating, and eating green.  The chef also the owner of Bistrot Bruno Loubet, Bruno Loubet has a passion for vegetables, creating simple yet colourful vegetarian dishes.

 

Date

July 2015

Meal

Lunch

Ordered

Starters

  • Light pea tartlet with Parmesan crackling & truffle – 10 gbp
  • Broad bean & chickpea hummus, raw mushrooms, slow cooked duck egg, dukkah – 7 gbp

Main

  • Vadouvan mash, lemon cucumber, kohrabi, lamb breast confit, olive jus – 16 gbp
  • Roast endives in Kimchi butter with courgette spaghetti and hot smoked sea trout – 16.5 gbp

Dessert

  • Lyonnaise bugne, matcha tea crème brûlée, raspberry sorbet – 6 gbp

Cocktail

  • Babydoll cocktail – 8.50 gbp
  • Tuberose collins – 8.50 gbp

 

Food

Starters

Light pea tartlet with Parmesan crackling & truffle – 9/10

Light pea tartlet with Parmesan crackling & truffle

Light pea tartlet with Parmesan crackling & truffle

Broad bean & chickpea hummus, raw mushrooms, slow cooked duck egg, dukkah – 7/10

Broad bean & chickpea hummus, raw mushrooms, slow cooked duck egg, dukkah

Broad bean & chickpea hummus, raw mushrooms, slow cooked duck egg, dukkah

slow cooked egg

slow cooked egg

We ordered two starters, and the pea tartlet stole my heart. The pastry was light and crispy, no guilt for indulging on a pastry. The pea mousse filling was creamy and a good balance of sweetness.  I loved it.  On the other hand, the Broad bean & chickpea hummus, raw mushrooms, slow cooked duck egg was less refreshing. The hummus was rich and empowering, I am not quite sure with raw mushroom, however the slow cooked duck egg was beautifully done.

Mains

Vadouvan mash, lemon cucumber, kohrabi, lamb breast confit, olive jus – 8/10

Vadouvan mash, lemon cucumber, kohrabi, lamb breast confit, olive jus

Vadouvan mash, lemon cucumber, kohrabi, lamb breast confit, olive jus

Vadouvan mash, lemon cucumber, kohrabi, lamb breast confit, olive jus

Vadouvan mash, lemon cucumber, kohrabi, lamb breast confit, olive jus

Roast endives in Kimchi butter with courgette spaghetti and hot smoked sea trout – 10/10

Roast endives in Kimchi butter with courgette spaghetti and hot smoked sea trout

Roast endives in Kimchi butter with courgette spaghetti and hot smoked sea trout

Roast endives in Kimchi butter with courgette spaghetti and hot smoked sea trout

Roast endives in Kimchi butter with courgette spaghetti and hot smoked sea trout

Wonderful courgette spaghetti

Wonderful courgette spaghetti

We ordered two main courses to share between the two of us. One red meat, and one white meat.  The lamb breast confit had more of an Indian twist, with Vadouvan mash. Vadouvan is a type of Indian curry/masala. Not my favourite nor did I think it fits into the whole vegetable, healthy green eating theme of Grain Store.
We did love the Roast endives in Kimchi butter with courgette spaghetti and hot smoked sea trout.  The sea trout was perfect cooked, crispy on the outside but tender and still a little raw on the inside.  It was my first time having courgette spaghetti, and i am mind blown. It taste alot better than normal spaghetti, it’s more chewy and obviously taste like courgette. Don’t even feel guilty for having carbs! Super delicious dish!

Dessert

Lyonnaise bugne, matcha tea crème brûlée, raspberry sorbet – 7/10

Lyonnaise bugne, matcha tea crème brûlée, raspberry sorbet

Lyonnaise bugne, matcha tea crème brûlée, raspberry sorbet

Lyonnaise bugne, matcha tea crème brûlée, raspberry sorbet

Lyonnaise bugne, matcha tea crème brûlée, raspberry sorbet

Cocktail

Babydoll cocktail – 10/10

Babydoll cocktail

Babydoll cocktail and Tuberose collins

Babydoll cocktail

Babydoll cocktail

Babydoll cocktail

Babydoll cocktail

Babydoll cocktail in the making

Babydoll cocktail in the making

Tuberose collins
Gin, fresh lemon, tuberose infused syrup, soda

Tuberose collins

Tuberose collins

Tuberose collins in the making

Tuberose collins in the making

I loved my Babydoll cocktail  it isn’t on the cocktail menu anymore unfortunately, they have taken it off somehow.  I asked the bartender if he could recommend as i like something sweet and fruity. And he said the ‘Babydoll’, was the best cocktail ever.  That is the only advantage of sitting by the bar.

Ambience & Interior

Dining area

Dining area

Dining area

Dining area

Dining table

Dining table

Open kitchen

Open kitchen

Front

Front

Outside

Outside

I really like the layout and design concept of Grain Store. It is Russell Sage’s idea of an “exploded kitchen” where the open kitchen, exposed brick wall, pipe works give the sense a huge open kitchen diner space. It is a very relaxing atmosphere which suits a post work meal with a few colleagues or even a date (with someone who is a little more adventurous with their food of choice). The outdoor dining area, over seeing granary square and the canal makes it a perfect summer dining location too.

Menu

menu

menu

Please click here for the full menu

Recommendation

  • Light pea tartlet with Parmesan crackling & truffle
  • Roast endives in Kimchi butter with courgette spaghetti and hot smoked sea trout
  • Babydoll cocktail

Verdict

Light pea tartlet with Parmesan crackling & truffle – 9/10
Broad bean & chickpea hummus, raw mushrooms, slow cooked duck egg, dukkah – 7/10
Vadouvan mash, lemon cucumber, kohrabi, lamb breast confit, olive jus – 8/10
Roast endives in Kimchi butter with courgette spaghetti and hot smoked sea trout – 10/10
Lyonnaise bugne, matcha tea crème brûlée, raspberry sorbet – 7/10
Babydoll cocktail – 10/10
Tuberose collins – 6/10

Would I go back again? Not for a short while
Rating from my brain (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥ 
Rating from my heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥
Overall rating (out of 10 hearts) : ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 7/10

I like Grain Store’s concept, eating green and creating innovative dishes with vegetables, which is rare.  However i don’t think it’s a restaurant for everyone especially for meat lovers.  Nonetheless, it was a godo experience.

Damage

The bill came in a pear!

The bill came in a pear!

The bill

The bill

Averagely 40 gbp per person with one drink each

Details

Grain Store
1-3 Stable Street
Granary Square
King’s Cross
London
N1C 4AB
Mon – Weds
10 am to 11:30 pm
Thurs – Fri
10 am to 12 am
Sat
11 am to 12 am
Sun
11 am to 4 pm

Reservation
Essential for dinner!

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