Granger & Co

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A third branch of Australian Bill Granger's relaxed and sunny all-day eatery, in King's Cross.

Mea culpa. Magazines and newspapers are filled with the latest popups, trendiest Korean or Peruvian dishes, even what kind of booze you should be drinking. Time Out directs readers to ever more obscure dishes and speakeasies in Dalston. Yet the appetite for crazy food and drink trends doesn’t seem to abate; even great chefs struggle to keep up.

The Aussie-born Bill Granger made his name in Sydney two decades ago, at the trend-setting bills café, with simple but satisfying brunch dishes and great coffee. A branch in Tokyo still draws queues of patient Japanese fashionistas every weekend (I stood in line for more than an hour a few months ago).

But these branches now seem oddly dated  with their homely brunch-forward menus – how 1990s! – when compared to what Granger is doing in London, his home since 2011.

This King’s Cross restaurant, the newest of three branches, overlooks King’s Boulevard, the walkway that leads from King’s Cross north to the Regent’s Canal and Granary Square. Tables outside on a quiet piazza catch the sun from 7am until 4pm. On a warm evening it’s surely London’s best new spot for alfresco dining.

Granger’s new operation touches every trend going: small plates, grains, barbecue, Korean – some of these in the same dish. Fancy a poke? You’ll get filled up by Granger’s version of this Hawaiian raw fish salad (rhymes with ‘okay’). Chunks of raw tuna are mixed up with avocado, cherry tomatoes, green samphire stalks, shimeji mushrooms, and a sprinkling of crunchy toasted buckwheat. The multicultural mix of textures and flavours worked really well.

With such a mash-up, not every dish hit the bullseye. A dumpling dish couldn’t make up its mind which continent it was cruising towards, with wonton-like steamed wrappers enveloping kimchee, ricotta and spinach (imagine it). But Granger was back on terra firma with a Thai-style yellow fish curry, rich with coconut milk and tangy with sour-sweet flavours.

Granger will forever by known as the man who gives good brunch, but consider him for dinner too. He’s brought Aussie-style sunshine to King’s Cross. His dishes are earnest and well-considered, which is a great achievement when spanning more continents and food trends than most of us will explore in a lifetime.

By: Guy Dimond

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Venue name: Granger & Co
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Address: Ground floor
Seven Pancras Square
King’s Cross
London
N1C 4AG
Transport: King's Cross and St Pancras tube and rail.
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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tastemaker

This place reminds me immediately of having a lazy weekend brunch by the sea in Sydney; with the soft pink marble and bright airy decor, good coffee, great brunch, and of course, all those Australian accents. 


What I had:

Starters:

  • courgette chips, nigella seed and tahini yoghurt
  • miso aubergine, crispy tofu and shiso
  • prawn and bok choi pot stickers (dumplings/gyoza), ginger and sesame

Mains:

  • soft shell crab, chorizo and kimchi fried rice, poached egg
  • sticky chilli belly pork, roast peanuts and spring onion salad
  • prawn and chilli linguine, garlic and rocket

Dessert:

  • white chocolate and pistachio pavlova, rhubarb and yoghurt cream
  • molten chocolate and salted caramel pudding, crème fraîche

The courgette chips were crispy and moreish, not soggy as they were sliced as opposed to julienned. The miso aubergine was tasty; however the tofu and had a surprising kick of spiciness which overpowered the miso; I would also have preferred the aubergine to have retained a bit more body as it was more of a paste consistency here. The pot stickers were fresh and well seasoned, with a nice delicate and crispy bottom. For the mains, the kimchi fried rice was only disappointing because the poached egg was too well done! The pork belly was very very tender and sticky which melted in your mouth; however again they may have been slightly heavy handed on the spiciness which took away from the dish. I think some pickles would go with this very nicely to cut through the heaviness of the dish. I would recommend wrapping the pork belly up in the large lettuce leaves with the spring onions, much like how you do it at a Korean BBQ. The prawn and chilli linguine with garlic had lots of praises though needed a little more salt. Overall not a bad experience and I would definitely go back to try more of the menu; however I think the brunch classics are better executed and had more of a wow factor. Both the desserts weren’t too sweet and kept that freshness despite the richness in the chocolate and salted caramel pudding which I quite enjoyed; and the pavlova had a lovely moreish nuttiness and chewiness in the meringue.


Tip: Definitely get there early as it gets rather busy and they don’t take bookings (they only take bookings for the Clerkenwell restaurant). I would highly recommend going for brunch and getting the signature dishes: sweet corn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon and ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter - they are absolutely delicious and hit the spot every single time.


Good For: brunch, intimate datenight, catch up with friends, work lunch/ dinner/ drinks

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Argh - I want to like Granger & Co so much more than I do in reality. It has all the marks of a good place - nice decor, good location, buzzy vibe and a decent menu. However, it just doesn't deliver the full package. The service was downright sloppy today - non-communicative and they left us hanging before service and after (but did check on our meal three times, which was unnecessary. The Maitre D though, was a friendly man and did apologise for the sloppy service so that's one strong positive. 


I had the kimchee rice with crab and a poached egg and it was a seriously disappointing dish. I liked the rice overall, but the crab was deep fried and oily, also overly fishy tasting (never a sign of good crab), the poached egg was borderline undercooked and the trimmings didn't work with the rest of the plate of food. My sister had the the poke bowl which she says she loves. For that, and the nice decor and location, I'm still rolling with a three star rating. Here's to hoping it was just an off day! 

tastemaker

Fantastic brunch menu - if you're lucky you can grab a table outside if the weather is good! Often a large queue for a table but it moves fairly quickly. Highly recommend the scrambled eggs. They are to die for! Lovely fresh juices and a great location just between Kings Cross and St Pancras.

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I am still amazing by the changes that happend around Kings Cross station and the sudden possibilities of nice restaurants and bars.


Granger & Co. is a lovely place - it's stylish, not too crowded and has an excellent service.

The food was delicious and the prices are not too bad - I usually turn down desserts, but this time I had to try the dark chocolate pistachio fudge. The portion was unexpectedly big and really tasty.


Though I still have a couple of places in the area on my list - it won't have been the last visit.

tastemaker

In a very desperate attempt to take part in pancake day yesterday I made a dash to Granger & Co..... I'd heard so much about their ricotta hot cakes that I just had to "See it to belive it" kinda thing..... At £12 I expected it to deliver and it did! Sooooooooo fluffy and delicious! ..... Kinda like eating a sweet happy cloud.

I get the rave now and I would 100% recommend this place for this alone even!

tastemaker

Always such a satisfying meal at Granger & Co.! I came here this week with some friends to grab a quick brunch and went for another 'classic' dish, the Corn Fritters. Normally, this is served with bacon but as I don't like English bacon, I asked to change it to chorizo, which the waiter was more than happy to accommodate. This was absolutely delicious! It was a decent serving of beautifully grilled chorizo (2 thick-cut slices) and 2 rather large corn fritters! I liked that they didn't taste too starch-y and had plenty of corn and red peppers. This was garnished with some sea salt, fresh spinach leaves, and roasted tomatoes. It all went wonderfully together and it was actually quite filling too! 


Along with this, I had their famous hot chocolate but asked for it with almond milk, as I'm lactose intolerant. This was once again done perfectly - the milk was frothed well, the milk was nice and warm when served, and the melted chocolate mixed well into the milk. 


The service was great, as usual. We didn't have a reservation and even though it looked rather packed at 11:30am on a weekday, we were seated immediately. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful with taking polaroid pictures for me and my friends! The food came out within an acceptable amount of time after we ordered, given it was so crowded. To be honest, I much prefer this branch to the original one in Notting Hill because I feel it has more space with its high ceiling and it doesn't feel as cramped. 

tastemaker

I had the most epic breakfast here. The classic for healthy eating, sourdough toast with eggs and a side of avocado! I had my eggs sunny side up, done perfectly with that little bit of crisp round the outside. I also had one of their super smoothies made with their famous homemade almond milk; something you have to try if you visit, it's so damn delicious! The service was also on point, friendly staff who actually ask you if you need anything else. This is now my go to breakfast place in kings cross for life. Unfortunately Granger & Co don't take reservations, so be prepared to wait for table as there is often a queue to eat here. Don't be put off though, it's worth the wait.

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Everyone needs a bit of Australian sunshine to brighten these grey, January days, and at Granger and Co, it’s easy to get a fix of life down under. Fresh, high quality ingredients are cooked with creativity and care to create wholesome, nourishing food which tastes good and makes you feel even better.

There are three branches in London, and this one, conveniently situated a stone’s throw from King’s Cross is ideal for a pre-train meal or a quick dinner before a show at the nearby Kings Cross Theatre. This place doesn’t take bookings, however, even though the bar was buzzing and tables were heaving, we were seated really swiftly by friendly and efficient staff.  The menu consists of a range of small and big plates, alongside bowls which are often grain based. From reading the menu, you can tell that although not overtly heath conscious, Granger & Co stays true to its Sydney roots. It isn’t about overindulging; rather providing a delicious, nutritious meal.

The chicken schnitzel was mouth-wateringly good; perfectly, lightly crumbed with parmesan breadcrumbs with a real lemon zing throughout. It was accompanied by a fresh fennel slaw and silky creamed corn which was a real winner. My friend had the soft shell crab grain bowl with chorizo, kimchi friend rice and poached egg. This also was super tasty; the crab sweet and tender, with a real hit of Korean flavour with the kimchi rice, and a smokiness from the chorizo.  Other dishes which caught my eye were the burrata with chargrilled sourdough and salsa verde and Korean fried chicken.

For those of you who haven’t broken dry January yet (I mean, well bloody done), Granger & Co have their own range of homeblend soft drinks which are incredibly refreshing- the vanilla cola and hibiscus and lime were both amazing.

This place is little pricier than your average mid-week meal, (x2 mains and x2 non-alcoholic drinks came to about £45) but the quality of the food is outstanding and the friendly, chilled atmosphere makes it a pleasure to dine in. I am already planning my next trip to try their much coveted/Intsagramed brunch.  

Tastemaker

Popped into here for brunch on a weekday and was surprised at how busy this place was! Be warned, it's very popular at all times of day - and with good reason!


Came here for their famous brunch with scrambled eggs and their ricotta hotcakes, and both dishes were fantastic. Hotcakes are light and fluffy, and the scrambled eggs had such a good flavour I'd love to know what goes into the making of them. 


Add in a beautiful space with lovely marble counters/tabletops, cute tableware and some friendly and helpful staff, and this place has given me new confidence in the shops/restaurants in the developed area of KX! 


Very good food (corn fritters are heaven!) and helpful staff. Always very busy though so get there early!

Tastemaker

Granger and Co. is a pretty restaurant with lots of windows, a rose gold and dusty pink colored bar and very modern artwork and furnishings. We went for brunch and the menu was full of lots of fresh and healthy options. I went for one of the big bowls which was so hearty with grilled halloumi, courgette fritters, whole grains, pickles, mint and cilantro. They serve delicious Allpress coffee along with lots of juices. We were quick to get our food but the atmosphere is very laid back and we didn't feel rushed out. They don't take reservations on weekends or evenings so be prepared to queue for a short while at least.


You know somewhere must do a good brunch when there is constantly a long queue outside. You are able to book midweek, but on the weekends Granger & Co operate a walk-ins only policy. This weekend I finally I decided to suck it up, join the inevitable queue,  and test out the Kings Cross Granger and Co.


We arrived at 12:15, so missed the full breakfast menu which only runs until 12 o'clock. Luckily, they still do their most popular dishes all day so we were still able to get what we wanted (but worth bearing in mind if you were after something a little lighter/more breakfast like bircher or porridge) 


After much deliberation (and I actually asked the waitress for her recommendation) I decided to go for the sweetcorn fritters. I was not disappointed. If sweetcorn fritters had an official ranking table, these would hands down get 10/10. They were crispy on the outside, but light and fluffy on the inside, and seasoned perfectly to make something that could be bland absolutely delicious. I think I detected peppers and spring onions in the mix, but whatever it was worked perfectly. They came with two roasted tomatoes, some spinach and a generous couple of rashes of thickly cut Wiltshire back bacon. I was worried I may still be hungry, but the portion was generous and due to the flavours being so delicious I was more than satisfied. Purely because I am a brunch fiend, I think a side of avocado or a poached egg on top would have made this dish absolutely perfect, but it really was perfectly fine as it was. I could of course have added these as extras, but at nearly £14 for the dish, the menu is fairly pricey (in terms of brunch) as it is so I decided not to.


Drinks wise I had an almond milk latte which was spot on. The almond milk is house pressed, so again, although perhaps on the pricier side you are paying for top quality. My companion had a standard flat white and commented on how good his coffee was. 


The restaurant itself was bright and airy with an attractive sit-up bar where you can also choose to sit if there are no tables available. It was full, but we didn't feel hemmed in or like we were sat on top of one another. Service was quick and friendly and the food came extremely quickly. The food and coffees actually came at the same time (which never happens!) 


I will definitely be back, next time to try the infamous Ricotta Hot Cakes which I couldn't manage but enviously eyed up on other tables!


Very disappointed in the customer service and lack of nutritional advice. I had a severe allergic reaction and was told it was my own fault. Yet when an almond milk cappuccino is listed as 'almond milk cappuccino, how is a customer to know that the milk is actually home made by grinding down macadamia nuts and almonds. There was no notification of this fact and the menu failed to highlight potential allergens.

Tastemaker

One word? Stellar. Every time I've been it had been amazing. I have ordered the pavlova one too many times but I never get sick of it. Granger & Co are great at changing their menu to fit the season and every item on it is worth a try. The Kimchee is probably my favourite in London but I think what really makes the Kings Cross branch the best are the staff and the decor. 


The staff are the perfect amount of attentive and laid-back. You never feel like you're being rushed, and even if you're paid your check they'll leave you to finish your conversations and take your time getting up. Everyone is polite and happy to start conversation. The positive way in which they interact with the customers makes the experience just that little bit better. 


The food is amazing, perfectly balanced and filling, leaving you just enough room for the delicious desserts. Going during off peak times is best, 3pm on a Sunday seems to be a fairly good time to grab a table. However, I don't think I've ever been here and seen it empty. 


I even try to grab the Eurostar as much as I can so I have an excuse to get brunch here. 



Tastemaker

This place in Kings Cross can get quite busy during the weekends as it is not possible to book ahead but this is a great place to meet if you are after a decent brunch although a little on the pricey side. The service was outstanding when we visited, the staff were really helpful and attentive. The food did not disappoint and very enjoyable. We went all out and shared the courgette chips, Korean fried chicken, French aussie and puy lentil, burrata. Expect fresh ingredients that are flavoursome without being too heavy. Highlight for me were the luscious ricotta hotcakes so soft and fluffy perfectly complemented with banana and honeycomb butter with a generous drizzling of maple syrup this was just so moreish. You should just visit this place if only to try these!

Tastemaker

I've visited the King's Cross Granger & Co twice, and have found the food to be excellent both times. A bacon roll on my first visit was the perfect hangover cure, and the yellow fish curry for lunch on my second visit was absolutely delicious. My mum had fried rice which she said was superb. Coffee here has always been excellent. My only gripe is the service - waitstaff who seem unsure of themselves hover around nervously, filling up water glasses in minuscule amounts every few minutes, and leaning awkwardly over tables when collecting plates and cups. They seem to be trying hard but just can't get it quite right, and end up leaving an awkward, uncomfortable feeling. If they can get this right, Granger & Co will be a 5 star restaurant for me.

Tastemaker

Sometimes the whole ‘no reservations’ policy can be grating on the soul, especially when its 8pm on a Wednesday and you are famished. Granger & Co was a happy accident a friend and I stumbled across after being politely given 2-hour waiting lists at other places nearby.


The staff was friendly and service was prompt. The craft brew rotation included two London beers, which we were eager to dive into. Their cocktails looked appealing, but thats a different review!


My eyes immediately went to the ‘Poke’, which was listed under appetisers. Having a 6 month stint in Hawaii— where tuna was incredibly fresh and delicious, I am always wary ordering this dish anywhere else. Hunger won over and I ordered that with the chicken & pancetta meatballs. My friend had the grilled squid as a starter and the duck for her main.


The starters in a word — amazing. Giant chunks of perfectly marinated tuna with samphire and avocado. All I needed was 35 degree weather and some palm trees and I’d have been back on Waikiki beach. Ok, I had 20 degrees and concrete… never mind I still enjoyed it. I managed to beg my friend for a piece of her squid and was equally pleased with its taste. Squid can be difficult to cook, over cook and it turns rubbery and bland. Undercook and well… then its sushi and not what’s on the menu!


The main was delicious was well, with lovely lemony overtones in the meatballs and sauce. I cannot lie though my friends crispy duck with crepes looked infinitely better (And the smell! So enticing) and a bit larger on the portion side. She would not share however, a good sign in its quality. 


We left feeling full, happy,  and content in the fact that we still would have been waiting at the other restaurant to be seated. If you are in the area (its nestled between Kings Cross & St. Pancras Station) definitely give this place a shout. 

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Tastemaker

I wasn’t wowed by Granger & Co. I’d heard such good things about the other branches, especially in regards to brunch, but the newly-opened King’s Cross outpost did not live up to my expectations. Perhaps it was teething problems but service was below par - we had to ask for menus some time after the last in our party arrived and when I ordered a second latte, it didn’t arrive in a latte glass as the one before but  was an Americano in a coffee cup instead.  I opted for the Fresh Aussie, which was well-presented and virtuous, but at £13.80 it is expensive for a brunch entrée.  The bathroom was also incredibly dark - all of our party commented on it. King’s Cross has become an exciting foodie destination and Granger & Co have stiff competition, especially Caravan where they do not mix up your coffee order.