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Following the success of his self-named Bistrot in Clerkenwell, Bruno Loubet’s second outfit occupies a cavernous brick warehouse on regenerated Granary Square. Readers love the vibe of this warm oasis (think high-spec industrial chic meets country kitchen), but Loubet’s accessibly priced food is what attracts. Vegetables and greenery reign supreme here, with animal protein given a supporting role on the menu. Expect a ‘sublime tasting journey’ with global flourishes reminiscent of Yotam Ottolenghi, as in courgette, broad bean and prawn falafels, braised cauliflower with duck hearts or a South American mishmash of corn and quinoa tamale with salsa and a fatty slab of pork belly. The kaleidoscopic flavours sometimes fail to gel, but clever cocktails from drinks maestro Tony Conigliaro and herb-infused Greco-Roman wines keep things rousing. ‘Trendy’, well-trained staff know their stuff, and the place really comes alive on warm alfresco days.

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  1. Published : Saturday, 3 August 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Grain Store

    It’s a brave venture for two reasons: firstly, it’s a massive restaurant seating around 120 covers in total and secondly, it doesn’t serve burgers or brasserie dishes like most places right now. Instead, the concentration is on vegetables and meat takes a back seat. I was worried that I might struggle to enjoy the food as I’m such a carnivore but boy was I wrong!...
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  1. Grain Store is the latest restaurant from celebrated chef, Bruno Loubet. The chef has
    gained huge praise for his self-named restaurant at the Zetter Hotel; so I was excited to try his latest venture.

    What makes Grain Store a little different to other restaurants in London, is the team's dedication to sustainability and the importance of integrating environmental practices into all aspects of the running of their business. Grain Store has also recently won London's Sustainable Restaurant of the Year 2014...
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  1. Published : Monday, 3 March 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Grain Store

    The regeneration of Kings Cross has turned a once dubious locale into somewhere much more palatable. The derelict warehouses north of the station are now rejuvenated spaces, home to the restaurant Grain Store. The philosophy at Grain Store shines the spotlight on vegetables, demoting animal proteins to the periphery.

    Even though my loyalties will always remain with the latter, it would be a lie to say that the notion of butternut squash ravioli doesn’t excite me. The ravioli can be had as a starter or main, which sees perfectly-pressed pasta full of roasted vegetable. Peppered in between these playful sacks are flavour-bombs of mustard apricot, more subtle than the fruit itself. A finishing dash of pumpkin seed oil rounds off the flavour profile decidely well...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 6 February 2014

    Munch My Way :: Grain Store, Kings Cross

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    Grain Store offers food that rather than basing the dish around the protein such as meat or fish, instead the vegetables take centre stage.

    The place was recently awarded the 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand and proves that the place provides great food at great prices...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 6 October 2013

    Quaff & Scoff :: Grain Store, Kings Cross

    Bruno Loubet’s ‘veg-first’ concept had me from hello, and once the positive reviews started rolling in, Grain Store was successfully fighting off all new pretenders for the ‘to visit – top priority’ crown. I should perhaps have been unsurprised to find that the rest of London seemed to be equally enthusiastic to visit. Getting a table proved to be something of a challenge, mainly as I find booking weeks in advance to be peculiarly traumatic – waiting in any context is a challenge for me at the best of times, and when food is involved it becomes a special kind of slow, painful torture.
    Thankfully, late on a weekday evening last week the ring-fence of popularity opened just enough for us to sneak a table right at the back by the loos...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 14 September 2013

    Edesia Is Hungry - Food of the Gods :: Grain Store

    Grain Store is the all day restaurant from Bruno Loubet, part of the regeneration area behind Kings Cross. I'm more than familiar with the area, being a regular visitor to the now defunct Cross and Bagleys clubs that were there in the Nineties but now the area has changed beyond all recognition, the walk from Kings Cross taking you through a collection of building sites and over the Regents Canal to the finished Granary Square area, home to Grain Store, Caravan, Kerb and St Martins College of Art and Design.The restaurant retains its original warehouse dimensions, a large industrial space with bar and open kitchen, and was already busy when we arrived at midday. The menu is interesting, with a focus on vegetables, and the meat or fish element being mentioned last on the dish description and a large selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. There's also a cocktail menu with savoury and sweet cocktails, and some unusual herb infused and smoked wines.I started with lobster "Bloody Mary", with an accompanying plate of potato and rye bread, a fantastic slice spread with a umami rich seaweed butter and dense leafy covering of borage, oyster leaf, flowers and some hairy plant I didn't recognise. Hats off to Grainstore here, even though it had no noticeable fish or meat ingredients it was not labelled as vegetarian on the menu due to the parmesan in the seaweed butter. The lobster dish was a timbale of lobster and green, yellow, cherry and red tomatoes around which was poured a consomme of tomato and vodka. The consomme was excellent, intense with flavour and the tomatoes a nice mix of crunchy, soft and sweet. The lobster itself was cooked to perfection, soft as a pillow. My wife had a lovely looking plate of baked beetroots; orange, candy and red, goats labneh, pink pickled onions and a dill dressing. The mains kept to the same high standards, for my wife a dish with a poached egg, a type of cheese, a spiced crushed nut mix called dukkah and a white bean hummus and had some very good feedback, a really delicious dish. I had a cast iron pan containing gratin dauphinois and topped with rabbits leg and salsa. The dauphinois was heavenly, creamy, garlicky potatoes and topped off with a beautiful piece of rabbit cooked under a Josper, soft and juicy, timed perfectly and with the pleasing smoky barbeque flavours from the Josper. The salsa verde was more guacamole than anything, lots of avocado mixed with the herbs and pickled jalapenos. You wouldn't have thought it would go with dauphinois and rabbit but it provided a pleasing creamy topping to the rabbit amd worked perfectly. The dish was utterly wonderful, supreme comfort food and just right for a damp September morning.The dessert menu featured some unusual vegetable ingredients, horseradish ice cream and strawberries in one dish, and the the one I choose featuring spiced candied tomatoes and goats milk panna cotta. The tomatoes were actually whole cherry tomatoes, and whilst retaining a hint of tomato the sweetness from the candying process and spices provided a taste unlike anything Ive had before. The panna cotta was of excellent quality. My wife had white chocolate rice crispy cake chocolate mousse and almond ice cream. This was an excellent plate, in particular the lovely crispy cake and ice cream.Grain Store is a popular place, when we left it was full and for good reason too, a whole menu of highly original and innovative dishes can be found and some really good food. I look forward to returning. Kings Cross and Saint Pancras, once desolate wastelands as far as food is concerned, now have a number of good places to eat and Grain Store is certainly one of the better choices. The bill came to 85 quid and included a £1 covercharge for water, two cocktails and service, not bad considering I had the most expensive starter and main and the quality of the meal.Potato and rye bread, borage, oyster leaf.Lobster 'Bloody Mary'Beetroots, goat labneh.Flat bread, poached egg, white bean hummus.Gratin dauphinois, salsa verde, rabbit leg.Spiced candied tomatoes, panna cotta.White chocolate rice crispy cake, chocolate mousse, almond ice cream.Grain Store
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  1. It’s not very often that a restaurant appeals to veggies, vegans and meat eaters in one equal swift hit. Bruno Loubet and the Zetter Group‘s Michael Benyan and Mark Sainsbury’s Grain Store did just that. Fed up with squeezing in meals after dark, I took the day off with a friend and we pretended to be ladies of leisure for the afternoon. The Grain Store is housed in Granary Square by the very cool dancing fountains, a short walk from Kings Cross station in a very different part of town, one which Ade and I must find time to explore more. A very welcoming front of house team led us to a table with views overlooking the ginormous open bustling kitchen where Bruno looms over all the other chefs, that man has presence – and not just because of his height. The room is vast, bright and airy, industrial yet homely with quirky touches like the old vintage pram used as a digestifs trolley...
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  1. Published : Monday, 16 September 2013

    little swallow : china doll :: Grain Store, Kings Cross

    We trooped over to Grain Store for a little Tuesday eve dinner action as the sun went down (which is definitely not cool, summer, these shorter days are NOT. COOL.) There's something strange but equally interesting about having a meal that doesn't fall neatly into any particular cuisine. I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about it. It seemed like every dish we had was inspired by a different part of the globe - from Indian to Spain to Russia...
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  1. Published : Monday, 30 September 2013

    Livelifelovecake :: Grain Store King’s Cross

    Ever since its opening last summer I’ve been itching to visit Grain Store. With a focus on fruit and veg, the menu is right up my street and the pretty photos shared by bloggers across social media has only heightened my appetite. Grain Store is located in the up-and-coming Granary Square a short walk from King’s Cross Station. In recent months the square has become a central hub for events such as the Ice Cream Festival and trendy eateries including Caravan and Shrimpys. When I arrived there appeared to be an unusual new art project which involved clothing garments hanging in trees by the colourful fountains – odd! I turned up a little late due to a hold-up on the rush hour tube but thankfully our table had been saved...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 29 September 2013

    Dinnerathon. :: Grain Store: can I go back already?

    "Surprise!", well that's the name of the menu we had. But it shouldn't really have been. Grain Store is Bruno Loubet's new place. Of course it was going to be good. I just didn't know it was going to be this good. This generous. This fun.

    King's Cross is growing up. The teenage years of all night raves seem a distant memory. Gentrification is working its wily way. Gone (almost) are the sleazy bars and warehouse clubs (much to Mr Meantime's disappointment). In their place, plush flats and restaurants. Set in a large warehouse next to (the rather disappointing) Caravan, is Grain Store. It's all open plan New York warehouse, the kitchen stretches along one side, colanders for light shades, friendly waiters a hive of activity. No table cloths, lots of smiles - no pretence. I was hooked by the time I had the first sip of my truffle martini...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 22 June 2013

    Agent Restauranteur :: Grain Store – London N1C

    Hurrying up King’s Boulevard towards Granary Square, a rush of adrenalin suddenly surged through me. I had managed to secure a reservation at the Grain Store – Bruno Loubet’s newest venture – through a friend the day before, who had generously invited me (and my plus one) to gatecrash his Saturday night date. A double date at one of this year’s hottest summer openings! I couldn’t believe my luck...
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  1. The Grain Store opened its door earlier this summer with quite a bit of fanfare. It is the second restaurant of the much lauded chef, Bruno Loubet and with the Grain Store Loubet has decided to focus primarily on dishes that are centered around vegetables. We’re huge meatlovers, but do like our vegetables too and love Bruno Loubet’s cooking. So, we decided to try out the food at the Grain Store...
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  1. Having caused quite a stir within the gastronomic community, I excitedly skipped into Grain Store and was greeted by a friendly set of staff, the host correctly guessed who I was as soon as he saw the buggy and whisked us to our table. It seemed we were to be the only mummy diners again. At midday, we were one of the first to park our hungry selves and our inquisitive babies at a table but it only took a matter of minutes for the lunchtime crowd of local suits to spill in and fill the large airy and echoing space...
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  1. Grain Store is an informal place, letting in scruffy sods like myself and the Squelchie. Given the building’s heritage as a warehouse/granary, it has a suitably post-industrial look with the now pre-requisite exposed brick walls, ventilation ducts, worn-looking furniture and funky lighting. The open-view kitchen spills out into the dining room, fulfilling another restaurant design cliché...
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Essential Details for Grain Store

  • Address: 1-3 Stable Street, Granary Square ,London N1C 4AB
  • Telephone: 020 7324 4466
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-11.30pm (Thurs-Sat –12M Sun – 4.30pm)

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