SquareMeal Review of
Granger & Co Chelsea
Flying the flag for the ‘barefoot luxury’ Australian dream, Granger & Co combines high-end looks with a laid-back feel and the kind of dishes you’d order on holiday down under before sauntering onto the beach. Health-boosting juices and raw smoothies lead the way, providing a virtuous sop to brunch indulgences such as ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter or sweetcorn fritters with bacon. After that, the menu drifts gently into fusion-style lunches and dinners – from soft-shell crab on chorizo and kimchi fried rice, topped with a poached egg, to star anise- and orange-scented crispy duck with citrus salad. Generally located in chi-chi neighbourhoods, these light, bright, discreetly gilded eateries are brilliant for celeb-spotting, but even without A-list stardust, the vibe is permanently upbeat. If you can’t squeeze into one of the leather banquettes, sit up at the bar with a booze-licked watermelon cooler until a table becomes free.