Opened back in 2013, Grain Store by Bruno Loubet is one of the most popular restaurants in the King Cross area. It champions itself using vegetables as the star element in its cooking and meat acts as a supporting cast which was something very uncommon back then. Cooking with vegetables and turning them into something sensational is not a simple task, but Bruno Loubet has a reputation of turning humble items into something memorable and judging from the popularity of Grain Store with a second one due to open in Clerkenwell, it seems like it is a proven successful formula.
We only went for the mains which we shared between us as we weren't too hungry. The hake dish was creative and forward thinking, using Asian ingredients in the pak choi, seaweed and Japanese rice. The hake itself was very meaty and soft and worked like a treat with the bold taste of the black garlic puree. The endives and hot smoked sea trout was another great dish, the sea trout was very tender and well seasoned, finely contrasting with the cool and refreshing courgette spaghetti, and the roast endives was very moist with a tiny hint of of spiciness and earthiness.
To sum it up, the cooking at Grain Store is indeed very solid as I would expect from a Burno Loubet restaurant, great presentation and flavours arrangement in its dishes. But I think the restaurant played too much into the vegetable theme without actually showing in its cooking, I can't help but to think the vegetables were overshadowed in the fish dishes both visually and taste wise. which shouldn't be the case if the fish were suppose to be the supporting element. But other then that, the food at Grain Store is definitely well above average than your standard restaurants and perhaps one of the very best King Cross can offer.
What I paid:
£18 per head
Average cost without drinks and services:
Granary Square, King's Cross, 1-3 Stable Street, London N1C 4AB