A couple of months ago I was invited to an event at Grain Store in Granary Square hosted by the lovely folks at Open Table.
Grain Store is just a few minutes walk away from King’s Cross station. Not only is it super convenient to get to, but the food is divine – a great place to take your vegetarian friends, as their menu really focuses on the veg, making it the main feature of each dish.
But, having grown up with a parent who thinks a meal without meat is just a big side dish (I know, I know) – the Grain Store also specialises in delicious, sustainable meat and fish, too. The difference here is that it isn’t the main feature of each course.
I was invited down to the Grain Store for Open Table’s #ConnectedbyOT event, which celebrates the food scene in two cities close to my heart – London and New York. I’m terribly late with this post, but it seems almost fitting, in a way, because I actually moved to New York this week over 15 years ago.
My first course of the evening was a delicious seaweed salad, presented in the most beautiful way and adorned with delicate blue flowers.
Every dish was surprising, unusual, and most of all delicious – as was the wine. I hadn’t really had a soup quite like the one above – a tomato broth that was translucent, and not red like any other tomato soup I’d had – but bursting with fresh flavour.
Vegetables pickled with raspberry vinegar was served with the most mouthwateringly tender venison – complemented perfectly by the delicious red (Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir).
The final course was the best dessert I’ve had all year – a peach melba with beautiful sugar work. I felt terrible crushing it to get to the cream and juicy peaches underneath, but I felt less terrible once I finished eating it. It was glorious.
I had a wonderful meal at Grain Store, and would wholeheartedly recommend it as a place to go with a large group of friends, or even for a work meal – it’s a lovely venue, with superb food and wine that is conveniently located. What more could you ask for?
The Open Table event really made me appreciate and feel grateful for the fact that I’ve lived in such amazing cities for food – and while New York will always have a place in my heart, London is home.