So this one is really for the adults! I was looking for somewhere for lunch that is offers both nutritious and gluten free food but also somewhere where you can sit and chat with a friend. This is remarkably difficult to find, though there are more and more healthy eating establishments around they didn’t quite fit was I was looking for.
I came across Granger and Co in Kings Cross which is a chain run my legendary Aussie chef, Bill Granger. He is known for his healthy produce based foods and is someone that I read actually enjoys experimenting with gluten free food. They are also restaurants in Clerkenwell, Notting Hill and Chelsea.
As we entered the light and airy restaurant we were greeted with staff with a noticeably sunny disposition who immediately made us feel relaxed and welcome. I suppose that’s part of the Aussie vibe, which was particularly welcoming on that cold grey drizzly day.
I found the allergen menu unnecessarily complicated, and would prefer to see what you are able to have rather than what you can’t have.
The staff had previously assured me on the phone when I booked that the food marked gluten free is free from cross contamination. On chatting to them in the restaurant, they swiftly brought over their allergy menu. It had all the 12 allergens labelled on them with abbreviations. It was quite easy to spot G for gluten, but to my surprise most dishes contained gluten. The waiter explained they can remove gluten easily from most the dishes. They also have gluten free bread, but they didn’t mention this until we were chatting after the meal, otherwise I would’ve tried some. They unfortunately didn’t have gluten free pasta as an alternative. I found the allergen menu unnecessarily complicated, and would prefer to see what you are able to have rather than what you can’t have.
An eclectic fusion of salads, bowls small plates and larger mains
The menu was great though, an eclectic fusion of salads, bowls small plates and larger mains. They consisted of mainly plant based food with the addition of lots of proteins and a variety of grains.
I ordered a Yellow fish curry with butternut squash, roasted peanuts, brown rice topped with a cucumber relish. My friend ordered a Chicken Caesar salad (see top photo) with winter greens and Shiso (which is a Japanese leaf) and croutons – but they took the croutons off for our gluten free version. When we ordered, the waiter without hesitation double checked in the kitchen whether our food was safe which was great to see.
The food was just what I was hoping for – fresh, light and wholesome. I must admit I wish I ordered the Caesar salad after trying it – it was the winner of the two. It was full of crispy kale and shiso which tasted delightful, the chunks of chicken were plentiful, warm and crispy. It was topped with slices of pink pickle, which set off the whole dish. My fish curry was also really tasty with creamy aromatic coconut flavours and full of perfectly cooked fish and chunks of squash. It came with a separate bowl of rice.
We didn’t stay for dessert, but next time I would definitely try the dark chocolate pistachio fudge which was gluten free. There was also a gluten free white chocolate and pistachio pavlova, passion fruit and yoghurt cream if you’re feeling like something decadent.
Grainger and Co achieved what I was looking for, a perfect stop off point to meet a friend or colleague when you want to eat healthily in sophisticated surroundings.
Grainger and Co achieved what I was looking for, a perfect stop off point to meet a friend or colleague when you want to eat healthily in sophisticated surroundings. The allergy menu layout could be improved as there is a lot more than first meets the eye that is possible to eat on a gluten free diet. Though always double check about cross contamination.
Sadly I don’t think my kids would eat much here except for the desserts, or if you are able to (mine has an egg allergy) then the egg breakfasts with gluten free toast could be an option. The chips were clearly stated as gluten contaminated. If you are in Kings Cross with the kids – Leon (review here) is next door and Honest Burger (review coming soon) is around the corner which are both perfect and very safe places for them to eat.
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All opinions in the review are my own honest opinion. In the case of Granger & co, they kindly offered me a free meal.