Restaurant Review: Granger & Co King’s Cross

Aussie restaurateur Bill Granger brings a touch of sunshine to Pancras Square

I’d been to the sister restaurant in Clerkenwell some time ago for a birthday brunch with friends and really enjoyed the experience, so I was very much looking forward to visiting Granger & Co’s newly opened King’s Cross outlet.

Situated in the recently redeveloped area of King’s Cross, which has a certain Sydney vibe to it on a sunny day (a location choice that’s perhaps a deliberate nod to where it all started for Bill Granger, the founder), the exterior bears the now-trademark look: large windows, lots of greenery and a general sense of refinement.

The interior is beautifully light and airy and from the moment we entered, the service was perfect; just the right degree of relaxed and unassuming. The only very slight downside would be that the atmosphere was perhaps a little “stuffy” and formal for a first date, but if it’s your second date or more, it’s the perfect spot (luckily for us, we were years past any first-date considerations and were able to focus on the task at hand: eating).

For starters, we opted to share the squid and the kimchee, spinach and ricotta dumplings with toasted chilli oil; both were delicious.

For mains, we chose the yellow fish curry with spiced butternut squash and the parmesan crumbed chicken schnitzel, alongside a side dish of blistered green beans. It was all flawless.

Given that it was a Tuesday night, we decided to skip the wine menu, instead choosing from the range of juices on offer, which, if you’re a juice fan, won’t disappoint.

Overall, if you’re looking for fresh, colourful and light food, I could not recommend Granger & Co highly enough – London needs more places like this.

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