Thursday, 11 June 2015

Granger & Co - Clerkenwell


This was my first experience of the Granger & Co restaurants and the first thing I need to say is that they do DELICIOUS food.

I had lunch in the Clerkenwell restaurant and my first impression as I walked in was how trendy and clean the place looked - you definitely don't feel like you're going for a cheap lunch! But at the same time you don't get that uncomfortable feeling that you get when you go into a posh restaurant underdressed. The restaurant was really airy and spaced out (I hate having to scream over the table for someone to hear what i'm saying). The staff were very professional and friendly and were happy to give me nut free versions of dishes which for someone with an allergy is great! Especially because I feel like I always like the sound of the dish that has nuts in the ingredients...



I tried something a bit more adventurous for my drink (yes that green thing above) called 'Bill's Greens' (£4.80) which has green apple, cucumber, ginger, silver beet, chia & coconut water in that tiny glass and it packed a punch! I wouldn't recommend getting it without water because the flavours are just so strong. The little chia seeds felt a bit weird (kind of slimy) and you don't get them until you reach the bottom, then they call come at once. So it's an acquired taste?

The food menu on the other hand was really difficult to choose from - it all sounded so good! I was torn between the 'shrimp burger, jalapeƱo mayo, shaved radish salad, sesame gochujang' and the 'yellow fish curry, spiced butternut squash, roast peanuts, jasmine rice & cucumber relish' (I know they both sound mouth wateringly good). But after the waitress said they could do the 'Yellow fish curry' (£16.50) without the peanuts, that pretty much decided it for me. I made the right choice my friends. The curry was the perfect blend of sweet and creamy with spices that reminded me of a Thai red curry? I didn't expect the cucumber relish to work so well but it added a refreshing balance to the dish which helped as it was really filling with the rice, fish and butternut squash. I also ordered 'green beans, garlic & chilli' (£3.80) which came out as a huge portion but tasted great, really well seasoned.

I can also say from what other people had at my table that the 'Full aussie' (£13.80) which is 'scrambled eggs, sourdough toast, bacon, cumin roast tomato, miso chestnut mushrooms, chipolatas' is also a great choice. I had a taste of the eggs and they tasted amazing (really fluffy but very filling) but personally I would say could do with a little more seasoning.





Overall:

The food was well seasoned and tasted great, as well as the bonus of it all being quite large portions, which I didn't expect for a nice restaurant. For an everyday lunch it's out of my budget but for an occasional lunch treat it's a great choice for good food at a reasonable price and good value for London.

Have you been here before? What did you think? 
Let me know in the comment box below, i'd love to hear from you!


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12 comments:

  1. Hello, food looks delicious. If someone would come to London for only a day would you say this restaurant is a 'must try'? You can find me at http://www.igaberry.com Have a lovely day, Iga x

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    1. Hey Iga! Hmm that's a tricky question...I guess it all depends on what food you like and what type of experience you're looking for and what your budget is. This is a great restaurant if you want a lovely meal without breaking the bank. But obviously if you had a big budget to spend there would probably be others I would recommend.

      Danielle x

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  2. Looks like a great lunch! I've heard the same comment about the eggs before. I really do need to pop down and visit soon!

    Lauren xx
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    1. Hi Hun :) yeah you should definitely give it a try if you're in the area! I look forward to hearing what you think!

      Danielle x

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  3. I haven't been but I realllyyy want to go. Your post makes me want to book a table immediately!

    Young London

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    1. Hi Amy,
      Do it! It's worth the money and the portion sizes are really good :) so you don't have to worry about leaving feeling hungry still.

      Danielle x

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  4. Sounds really good! I've read a few reviews of here and everyone seems to enjoy it. I really need to take a trip out there one weekend! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. Hi Jasmin :) Yeah i'd recommend giving it a go! And there are lots of other nice restaurants near this one as well. Are you very far from London then?

      Danielle x

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  5. The food looks delicious :) Glad you had a lovely time x

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  6. I recently ate brunch in their Notting Hill branch and it was so good! Will definitely need to head for lunch there too.
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  7. Been wanting to go here, looks great.

    Lovely review and blog!

    Katie Loves ~ Fashion Blog | Bloglovin' | Instagram

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  8. The nice thing about restaurants that allow substitutions is that you know the dishes are made fresh as well!

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