Serial restaurateur Bill Granger must be doing something right; he’s got restaurants all over the world in Sydney, Seoul, Honolulu and Tokyo, and he’s just about to open another Granger & Co. in Kings Cross.
We popped down for brunch at the Notting Hill outpost one Sunday and were greeted with a rather large queue; clearly a popular choice. It’s a charming spot with a really lovely energy about the place; relaxed and jolly.
Parmesan crumbed chicken schnitzel (£13.50) tasted every bit as good as it sounds. The juicy chick was covered in a cheesy, crunchy breadcrumb coating and the fennel slaw cut through the richness of it all. An accompanying dollop of glossy mayonnaise was exquisite.
Courgette fritters, deep fried egg, haloumi, tahini yoghurt and parsley salad (£11) was such a wonderful blend of flavours and textures; it was clearly put together by someone who loves eating delicious food – something which often doesn’t seem to be the case these days.
Pappardelle, veal and pork ragu and gremolata (£13.80) also hit wondrous heights; a simple bowl of pasta yes, but it was just so bloomin’ tasty. A side of French fries (£3.80) were exactly how you’d want ’em; salty, fresh from the fryer and super crispy.
It’s fair to say our brunch at Granger & Co. was absolutely brilliant – and most definitely worth queuing for. Not only was the food spot on but the service was so charming and friendly too. The whole vibe of the place made us feel like we were on holiday, which is never a bad thing.