Granger & Co is an Australian restaurant with 3 branches in London: Notting Hill, Kings Cross and Clerkenwell. I went for dinner at the Notting Hill branch, however I’ve also been for brunch (before food of me!) and it was one of the best brunches I’ve had. Both visits to the Notting Hill brand so need to visit some the others.

‘Every Bill Granger restaurant reflects the spirit we like to think of as ‘Australian’: sunny, easy-going and generous. Bill opened his first restaurant in Sydney’s Darlinghurst in 1993. It soon became loved for its legendary breakfasts, served at the famous central communal table, where locals and travellers, families and friends, continue to be welcomed. Twenty years later, Bill’s relaxed, friendly and infectious joy in good, fresh food has become truly global, and is enjoyed at his restaurants in Sydney, Seoul, Tokyo, Honolulu and London.’

Granger & Co is about 7 minutes from Notting Hill Gate tube station, just off Portobello Road. You can’t book so you often have to wait for a table but there’s a bar so you can sit there and have a G&T and some nibbles. For dinner, my friend, Emma, and I chose to share the raw vegetables with the miso sauce to start and for our mains  I chose the tuna small plate with a side of Bok choi, I had wanted the salmon but they’d run out (it was 8.30 on a Tuesday so not sure how that had happened) and Emma went for the Chicken and slaw, which looked amazing (if I ate meat…)
As most of the menu is fairly healthy and they are obviously use to customisation as its a culture which comes with these types of restaurants it is, of course, approved. However, my only negative is that the service isn’t brilliant, staff aren’t very smiley which makes you feel like a bit of a nuisance when ordering anything, this is how I felt on both my visits.
The good:

  • The taste of the food
  • The food is very healthy and varied, not your classic ‘salad without the dressing’
  • The restaurant is attractive, large windows
  • Sparkling water is refillable for £1.50 which is great if you’re not drinking (and like sparkling water…)

The bad:

  • The cost – mains are at least £15 but they are delicious
  • The service, as mentioned above, they don’t give off the image I think the restaurant intends
  • No ability to book so not great if you’re meeting someone you don’t know that well as its the awkward stand around, where is our table type thing

All in all, Granger & Co is, of course, approved, but at 75% it is only just – this is largely because of the service. There’s lot more on the menu I am desperate to try though – hopefully will get the salmon one day!

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Over all FoodofMe Rating

  • Service and attitude 60%
  • Ability to customise 80%
  • Taste 90%
  • Value for money 75%
  • Location 70%
  • Overall experience 77%