Granary Square Brasserie

Restaurants, Brasseries King's Cross
2 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

A branch of the Ivy Café chain on Granary Square in King’s Cross.

In all but name, Granary Square Brasserie is a branch of the Ivy Café chain. As with other sites, the group has picked a stunning setting: a former grain store – once home to veg-championing Grain Store – on the corner of King’s Cross’s Granary Square. It’s as handsome as ever, a sprawl of different spaces, with the colourful yet classy vintage elegance of a Tiffany lamp.

The menu, as at other branches, is a play-it-safe line-up of bistro faves (fish ’n’ chips, chicken milanese, shepherd’s pie) plus a sprinkling of pan-Asian crowd-pleasers (tuna carpaccio, coconut duck curry).

But on my visit, the food was maddeningly inconsistent. The best two dishes came last. Frozen berries with warm white chocolate sauce – a Caprice Holdings signature – was as foolproof as ever; strawberry ice cream sundae was a touch oversweet, but otherwise excellent.

But too many dishes were underwhelming: prawn cocktail, normally a must-have, was let down by watery, metallic-tinged prawns and insufficient marie rose dressing. Steak tartare was underseasoned, a shrimp burger oversalted. The thick chips, however, were great. But they’re only chips.

Service was just as much of a roller-coaster: everyone was efficient, but some staffers were polite and obliging, while others were cold and slightly pushy. So: a bit of a mess. This is a place to come to if you’re all about the looks, which are undeniably lovely. And on a sunny day, the outside tables on the square are worth arriving early for. Just stick to snacks, sweets and spritzers.

By: Tania Ballantine

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Venue name: Granary Square Brasserie
Contact:
Address: Granary Square
1-3 Stable Street
London
N1C 4AB
Transport: Tube: King's Cross St Pancras
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £100.
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tastemaker

Incredibly well thought out decor, luxurious dark turquoise walls with accent burnt orange chairs and decadent table booths with dark velvet padded seats and cushions. The whole place has a very special feel about it and the attention to detail with the appearance, lighting etc is beautiful. The food was also extremely good (apart from the vegan tomato/avo cocktail which was really non-event). Everyone really enjoyed their meal and they have a veggie/vegan menu which is always refreshing to find! It is a shame that the service didn’t match up to the restaurant and expectations. The place was at best 75% full on a Tuesday evening and the staff struggled to get food out to us in good time. We waited such a long time for everything. We even waited 20 minutes for them to deliver a tiny bowl of truffles for one dessert. Then we waited to pay. Lots of waiting around and serving up our own wine which you don’t expect from a restaurant like this. The service, although friendly, was a real let down.

Tastemaker

Only upon looking at this listing did I find out that Granary Square Brasserie is in the same group as The Ivy! It makes so much sense.


The decor is dark and decadent, it feels much more like 1920s Paris than just outside Kings Cross! The service is incredible, with so many staff waiting to help you. They do this without being overwhelming and manage to make you feel so comfortable and happy. The food was amazing - I had a ham and cheese omelette and even that was pure joy. With thick cuts of gammon and gooey goodness. So wonderful. I'd really like to go back and have mains.


Pricey, but it feels like a nice treat.


Wasn’t expecting the restaurant to be so amazing. The food was delicious, there was a warm atmosphere and the service was very good considering how busy it was. Would definitely go again and highly recommend.

Tastemaker

This is the most beautiful and majestic resturant around and, as far as I know, in all London. It has only been open for a few weeks but I have wanted to go ever since.

Upon first entering the restaurant, we were greeted by a couple of very sweet ladies who gave us such good service in only one minute that we got seriously worried about the amount of money that would be asked of us for a meal and bottle of wine. As it turned out, it was perfectly decently priced, especially considering how amazing the food quality, ambiance and service were! If I could give this place 6 stars, I would.

This enormous brasserie looks like a posh restaurant and James Bond bar but is priced like a classic London pub.

We had a veggie dish and the steak and chips and they were both incredible. And don't get me started on the truffle and parmesan arancini! The creme brulee was, in my boyfriend's own words, 'in the top three creme brulees of my life'.

I cannot wait to go back!

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