Famous Australian Chef, Bill Granger, has opened up two London eateries, one in Notting Hill and the latest one has just opened in Clerkenwell. Both restaurants titled Granger & Co after the main man himself. Bill has a relaxed approach to cooking and uses fresh and seasonal produce. His Scrambled Eggs & Ricotta Hotcakes has made Bill renowned for his fabulous breakfasts and brunches. I am lucky enough to have visited both locations, and can highly recommend some healthy dishes to fuelfresh on
So lets start with Notting Hill. The cafe is situated on Westbourne Grove, on a street lined with designer shops and cafe’s. You will know which one is Granger & Co, from the queue outside. At the Notting Hill branch they do not take bookings. So if you go on a Saturday at 11am, you will most likely to be queuing outside. The queue moves pretty quickly, especially if you are in a small group, large groups often have to wait a longer time.
Once you are inside, it has such a light and buzzy atmosphere, you could get lost in there. You are immediately given a jug of tap water and the drinks come pretty quickly. The menu is laid out nicely and they highlight ‘Bills classics’, the dishes in which he is most famous for.
I decided to go for ‘Bills Greens’ to start which is a juice containing green apple, cucumber, silver beet, chia seed and young coconut. I followed this with Soft boiled eggs on St John’s organic sourdough bread and a side of avocado. There are other breads available such as Coconut bread, Rye toast or brioche. I chose Sourdough because it is easier to digest than other breads and it is low GI, so it kept me fueled for hours. Avacado’s are full of beneficial monounsatrated oils which help to lower blood pressure and are a rich source of omega fatty acids, Vitamin K and Fibre. Eggs are also a great source of protein & vitamin D. I like my eggs poached or soft boiled, as they lose their nutritional value when cooked, so the lightly cooked options are always best.
However do not be fooled into thinking this is just a breakfast/brunch joint. The lunch & dinner options are just as great. The shaved kohlrabi, taramasalata, ground sesame is a refreshingly light dish to start with. Kohlrabi is part of the cabbage family, it is rich in dietary fibre and vitamins, and has zero cholesterol and only 27 calories per 100g
The Coconut chicken with nashi pear, watercress & avocado salad is also a must try. The flavours are so fresh and clean, I am pretty sure you will love this dish..
The Salmon Salad on the dinner menu is one of my favourites! It is dressed in a coconut caramel dressing with cucumber, green beans and mint. Salmon is rich in omega 3, reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke & Cancer.
The Clerkenwell restaurant takes bookings and is larger in size. The menu offers slightly different dishes from the Notting Hill branch, such as Pizza’s etc. Personally I prefer the location, menu and atmosphere of the Notting Hill branch, however it is great to have the option of both. Please email sophie@grangerandco for bookings at The Clerkenwell restaurant.