Granger & Co.
fOODie OUTPOST FROM EASY-GOING celebrity chef bill granger. AN ARTFUL COMBINATION OF CLASSIC COMFORT FOOD AND virtuous healthy fare inspired by bill’s aussie roots ARE SERVED UP AT THIS POPULAR PLACE…
WHERE: Granger & Co., 175 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SB, London.
TUBE: Notting Hill Gate.
THE DEAL: This is a member of the restaurant group by Aussie chef Bill Granger (possibly his most popular) has opened his third London restaurant at King’s Cross. Queues snake down the street (kind of annoying), because this is heaven on a plate. No bookings at the Notting Hill branch, because they really don’t need to.
THE FOOD: The food is really fantastic. Whether you come for breakfast, lunch or dinner you won’t be disappointed. Service is friendly and relaxed to match the famous chef who owns it. The famous breakfast dish that is ordered over and over again are the Ricotta hotcakes (with good reason). They come with banana and honeycomb butter and are just the right balance of sweet, indulgent, fluffy and light. If you want something less filling then the “Açaí bowl” is a great effort with banana, berries and vegan granola. The “Aussie breakfast” is really more of a brunch classic with hot smoked salmon, poached eggs, greens, avocado and cherry tomatoes. If you’re here for lunch then the “Black lentil daal” with green chilli, sambal and coconut yoghurt is a really warming dish. If you want a healthy salad then we advise to go for the tuna poke bowl - a fresh, light option with good quality tuna, avocado and pickled cucumber on brown rice. Avoid the chopped salad. Its not that its bad, its just a waste of an order when there are so many other delicious options on the menu. Dinner-time is when shit really gets exciting. Start with the “courgette chips” that are ever so lightly fried with a sprinkling of nigella seeds and tahini yoghurt dip (the dip makes it) and lime. Add a white peach bellini to it and its pretty much bliss. The rosé spritz is also to die for - rosé, vodka, prosecco, lemongrass and peppercorn. For mains, the “Yellow fish curry” has to be one of the best curries we have ever eaten (and we have eaten a lot). White fish, spiced squash in a rich and creamy coconut sauce is served with nutty brown rice and garnished with roasted peanuts, and a fresh, acid cucumber relish. Other star dishes include the BBQ shrimp burger with sesame gochujang, and crispy duck, plum and citrus salsa. Soft shell crab with chorizo and kimchi fried rice is not a dish we would re-order but definitely something new to try. If you’ve got a truly heroic appetite then add some broccoli with hazelnut and red pepper dressing or crispy french fries. Never once have we had room left for dessert, but we’re sure its good here. Salted peanut brittle is a good option if you want something small to satisfy a sweet craving. Otherwise, the white chocolate, pistachio and passion-fruit pavlova looks like the way to go.
THE PRICE: It’s not cheap but it’s consistently good. Coffee £3.5, all tea £3and spiced almond milk chai £4.5. White peach Bellini £9.95 and Rosé spritz £10.95. Acai bowl £8.75, “Ricotta hotcakes” £12.95, “Aussie breakfast” £13.8. Black lentil daal £13, Tuna poke £16.95, BBQ shrimp burger £16 and Crispy duck £17.35. “Courgette chips” £7.5,“Yellow Fish Curry” £16.5 and Soft shell crab £16.5. All sides are £3.95. Salted peanut brittle £3.2 and White chocolate pavlova £7.8.
PAY BY: €ash and card.
BEST FOR: Truly delicious food in a casual, relaxed setting.
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