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|Address:||1-3 Stable Street, Granary Square, London N1C 4AB|
|Tel:||020 7324 4466|
|Price: £46.00||Wine: £20.00||Champagne: £52.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 11am-11.30pm (Thurs-Sat –12M Sun – 4.30pm)|
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I was slightly wary about venturing into salubrious Kings Cross en familie to a birthday lunch at Bruno Loubet's newest culinary addition, ‘The Grain Store’. It was not only the location but the veggie heavy menu (not a ‘ kids menu ’ in sight) that vexed me. Thankfully my preconceived ideas were misplaced and I was enlightened to the wonders of Granary Square. This area has been given a complete industrial makeover London style, with popping fountains that move to the beat (big hit with the kids) , luxurious fake grass and benches by the canal side, an abundance of deck-chairs and 2 fabulous restaurants side by side (one being The Grain Store, the other Caravan).
The Grain store is a cavernous space with a high end, industrial chic interior and an impressive open kitchen. On a warm day the atmosphere and tables spill out onto the square giving us a London version of a Roman piazza. Staff and service create a trendy, relaxed but accommodating feel. There is a mysterious music man in the corner of the bar playing an old piano which adds to the eclectic feel of the place. I understand there is also a superb bartender that makes savoury cocktails, unfortunately I could not indulge at the time.
Back to the food, initially I thought there was a distinct lack of fodder for carnivores but look harder and you will be rewarded. We had a hearty, rustic rabbit pie, all buttery with melting bunny meat. But, this place is about the might of the vegetable and sated any meaty need. Highlights included a pretty sweet salmon and melon salad, moreish cornbread, lush chilli con veggie, creamy risotto and interesting combinations of vegetables and spices from around the globe. Our kids happily munched on risotto, chips and veg. Desserts were light and delicious, spiced candied tomatoes and panna cotta topped a pleasing meal. The menu is exciting and novel and is based on Bruno's travels around the world. This restaurant and location heralds a new era of cuisine, architecture and London life.