A friend was visiting London so we decided to meet at Granger and Co Kings Cross for lunch. This eatery is owned by Australian restaurateur and cookery book writer, Bill Granger. Homeboy and I had previously enjoyed a fabulous breakfast at Granger’s eatery in Clerkenwell and loved the casual dining experience. If you’re looking for Kings Cross restaurants or places to eat near St Pancras International, try Granger and Co Kings Cross.
Granger and Co Kings Cross Lunch Menu
Bill Granger has a casual approach towards cooking which is uncomplicated and very much focused on the fresh produce. You’ll find flavours and ingredients borrowed from Australia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, the Middle East and anywhere you get great food. We sampled the lunch menu which kicks off at 12. There’s a selection of sandwiches and burgers on offer. Our friend ordered the fried chicken sandwich with red eye mayo, cabbage tamari slaw and pickled cucumber which came in a burger bun. He ate every mouthful so that’s a good sign. I love the way Bill layers interesting extras like the cabbage slaw with tamari, a rich soy sauce, rather than the regular slaw which doesn’t have much taste to it. He gives his dishes lovely little twists to make them totally delicious. The other sandwich was jasmine tea smoked salmon with cream cheese, dill, pea shoots, edame and toasted rye.
Homeboy went for the shrimp burger with jalapeno mayo, shaved radish salad and sesame gochujang (gochujang is a Korean red chilli condiment). He devoured this very quickly indeed and enjoyed the fusion of Mexican with Korean flavours. The other burger options were a grass fed beef variety.
I opted for one of Bill’s classics, the sweet corn fritters with roast tomato and spinach minus the bacon which I substituted for avocado. This is a great brunch dish which I loved. Alternatively, you could try the courgette fritters instead which is a big plate accompanied with halloumi and shredded kale salad. If you’re in that brunch mood you can order something like tea smoked salmon with poached eggs, avocado and cherry tomatoes or scrambled eggs with sourdough. Bill is famous for his ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter, I tried these at the Clerkenwell branch and they were amazing.
If you’re really hungry opt for a big plate of yellow fish curry, chicken schnitzel or sticky chilli belly pork. Those on a healthy mission will be more than happy with the Bondi bowl with buckwheat, quinoa, golden beetroot, courgette and more. Or the grain options like the fragrant chicken broth with brown rice, lime and coriander. Desserts wise you can try something summery like a strawberry, white chocolate pistachio pavlova. Baked goods like cakes, slices and cookies will also be available, yum!
Granger and Co Kings Cross Interiors
You’ll find the restaurant close to St Pancras International located next door to the German Gymnasium. Outside you have street tables and chairs so you can enjoy alfresco dining when the sun is shining. You can see inside thanks to the floor to ceiling windows. As you enter the expansive bar is in front which stretches across most of one wall. I loved the dusky pink tiles on the bar counter base which brought a warmth to the space. This pale colour works well with the brass light shades. In front of the bar is a row of toffee coloured leather padded stools so you can sit there and enjoy a drink while grazing on a few small plates.
The seating is set around the windows where you have a comfy leather banquette sofa to relax on. The tables are marble and the walls are mostly concrete with a few flashes of colour. Overall the interiors are contemporary but relaxed and effortlessly calm and cool. The staff are low key, friendly and helpful so over all it’s somewhere you can kick back and enjoy a meal with friend.
Granger and Co Kings Cross Information
Cuisine: Global cuisine and fusion flavours
Price: Sandwiches and burgers £9.50-15, salads £9.50-15.50, brunch dishes £8.20-13.80, bowls and grains £11.50-14.25, big plates £11.80-17.50 and desserts £5-7.50
Website: Granger and Co at Kings Cross Website
Address: Stanley Building, 7 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
Near: St Pancras International (Eurostar), Granary Square and not far from Euston
Open: Monday to Saturday 7am-11pm and Sunday 8am-10.30pm
Décor: Contemporary minimal
Seating: Outside and inside on one floor with seats for around 70
Toilets: Towards the back at the end of the bar
Reservations: No reservations
Service Charge: Yes 12.5%
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Food and exteriors Homegirl London, Interiors courtesy of restaurant. Thanks: Homeboy and Jatinder for dining with me.