Food & Drink

Truffled martinis and "no geographical boundaries"

The interior at Grain Store

After spending eight years on the other side of the globe, award magnet Bruno Loubet is back in Blighty with The Grain Store; a King's Cross resto whose eclectic menu knows "no geographical boundaries" (there's even a section for deserts! Oh, wait...).

grain store bar

To add to the variety, you can even spring for a "Surprise Menu", which is a list of surprises you can choose from five-/six-course tasting menu chosen for you by the chef -- at only £30/35, it's a pretty surprising value, too.

grain store seared asparagus

So: what to expect? Well, how about globally influenced small plates like this seared asparagus doused in gazpacho sauce, as well as some crudités w/ a "cashew & yeast dip and olive soil" that you can plough into.

grain store peach salad

As plates get bigger, they become even more wide-ranging: you can get anything from this peach, salted watermelon & basil salad w/ salmon confit in chilled broth, to a corn tamale w/ sticky pork belly, to kimchi cabbage & stuffed chicken wings steamed in a lotus leaf.

grain store cocktails

To handle the equally ambitious drinks, they've looped in famed booze-smith Tony Conigliaro, who'll be mixing up martinis using truffle-infused sherry, plus a drink made w/ self-brewed Butter & Hay liqueur, which shockingly isn't consumed through a straw.

grain store canal

One side of the resto looks out over Regent's Canal…

grain store granary square

… while the other gets a view of the newfangled Granary Square, which's counting on regular events, open-air movies, and restos like this one to make their dough.