Review #32 Grainger & Co, St. Pancras

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After an improbable triumph in a cup semi-final earlier in the day* followed by 70 minutes of moderately good harpsichord I was exiting King’s Place with a ravening hunger. GoogleLand out the back of St Pancras was my destination of choice where it seems that a new resto opens each week.

We ducked out of the rain into Grainger & Co not having any clue as to what their proposition was and basing our choice solely on proximity to where we were. It turned out to be a winner. The room is lovely – high ceilings, big windows to people watch and what I’m guessing would be a rather pleasant terrace on which to bask in more clement weather.

We were also lucky to get a nice big corner table from which we could watch the room – the clientèle on a Saturday seemed to be a mixture of business/techy types and visitors to London. A soundtrack of pleasant indie pop was not so loud as to be intrusive and it all felt highly civilised.

The menu offers a great variety and we went for some nuts’n’olives (slightly pricy) to take the edge off while waiting for mains of miso salmon and fish curry. The salmon was absolutely delicious – cooked to perfection in a smoky miso sauce and with a great heap of coriander on the side it was bursting with flavour. With some good crunchy brown rice for stodge and sloshed down with a Viognier I could have eaten it all over again. In fact I was nearly tempted to go for another main of lamb but then thought that would be too self-indulgent. The one quibble is that I could see the chilli in the sauce but I couldn’t really taste it.

Service was charmingly faultless and at mid-price I’d say that G&C is highly recommendable. We rolled out into the rain to take a digestif in the newly revamped Scottish Stores with some jolly Watford fans.

8/10

*For the record the Mighty Albion beat Cambazola 10-9 on penalties after full time finished 2-2.

To see which other restaurants I’ve visited in 2016 check out my GoogleMap

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