In Granary Square, right next to what looks like a derelict warehouse you’ll find rejuvenated signs of life. At least that’s what I had the pleasure of experiencing last Sunday as I made my way across the square. As kids were running around flying a kite, we skirted around the dancing water fountains and wove past the growing line outside Caravan King’s Cross into our final destination for brunch: Grain Store, a recently opened veggie-centric restaurant with an inventive menu.
Inside the restaurant is quite spacious with a few open work stations. Stainless steel pots and pans hung above tables balancing out the cavernous feel to the space. An interior photographer would have a field day in here, working the dark corners and embracing the soft glow filtered through the large windows.
But we came for the food. While I wasn’t adventurous enough to try deviled duck heart or vegemite whipped butter I was intrigued with the soup of the day. The chilled melon soup was built in layers, the 1st lays a thin layer of jelly with lobster chunks covered by a second layer of melon soup then sprinkled with elderflower. Despite the subtlety of individual main ingredients, when taken together it packs a refreshing punch.
My main course of corn & quinoa tamale and stick pork belly couldn’t quite compete with the presentation of the soup but stood on its own with the beautifully moist cube of pork belly drenched in some sort of BBQ sauce, saving the tamale from what could have been a boring existence.
On the whole these were well executed dishes with a contemporary twist. I also couldn’t help but marvel at the space and hope to return one day with the guts to photograph the interior.. and perhaps try the deviled duck heart.