Australians are passionate about breakfast/brunch. So it’s no surprise that Granger & Co is one of the most popular weekend brunch spots in London. First opened in Sydney by Australian restaurateur and food writer, Bill Granger, the restaurant rose to popularity in no time and soon started expanding internationally.
Granger & Co. has been at the top of my brunch list for ages. And as per usual, it somehow just sat on my list and I hadn’t got round to it. Then on a Sunday, while supposed to try out a different restaurant for brunch, the restaurant wasn’t able to serve that day due to some issues, so we ended up looking up alternative brunch spots nearby. We were around Clerkenwell and immediately it popped in my head that it’s finally my chance to visit Granger & Co. now.
We stepped into their Clerkenwell branch at Sekforde Street. The setting is elegant and bright. It was absolutely buzzing and busy in there as well. They were pretty much full-house and we were lucky to have managed to squeeze a seat by their cake & pastries bar table.
Ricotta Hotcakes, Banana and Honeycomb Butter (£12.50)
Granger & Co’s pancakes have been such a social media sensation. These pancakes are the very reason I bookmarked this restaurant in the first place. On the menu it only includes banana but on the day the waiter said there’s also the option to choose strawberries or to have both. And we opted for the latter.
These pancakes were so soft and fluffy to start with. They were nice and thick but the texture was light and airy. Flavour-wise there’s a subtle hint of lemon in it. It’s also much less eggy than normal pancakes. On its own, the pancakes don’t taste sweet so the syrup complemented the dish very well. It was a satisfying dish all in all.
Scrambled Eggs and Sourdough Toast (£8.20)
While the pancakes made me bookmark the restaurant, a picture of these scrambled eggs made it to the top list. If you couldn’t already tell but their pictures, these scrambled eggs were the creamiest ever existed on the planet. Stingy side of me would not pay over 5 quid for things like scrambled eggs, but these I would do it again and again at £8.20.
It was so lusciously smooth, velvety, buttery, and silky to taste. I love a good sourdough bread – these were certainly lovely as well, though slightly too hard for my own preference. In addition, I thought it would be a bit plain to just have eggs and toast so I ordered the Jasmine Tea Hot Smoked Salmon (£4.80) on the side as well. We totally weren’t expecting chunky pieces of salmon to be served. We thought it would just be a few thin slices of smoked salmon instead and we were absolutely delighted! The salmon was really delicious. There was definitely hints of jasmine tea infused into the salmon. It was very fragrant and pleasant, and was also in harmony with the smokey savoury flavour it possesses.
Granger & Co’s coffees are provided by Allpress. The coffee came with nice latte art and smelled really aromatic. It was rich, velvety and basically one really good cup of coffee.
…Granger & Co is definitely a spot to add on the list. The quality of their breakfast no doubt has the effect to glorify your day. I would say though, service was a bit slow on the day but the staff were very attentive and explained to us it was due to a special birthday request that slowed down the kitchen for a moment.
Granger & Co has branches in Clerkenwell, Kings Cross, Nottinghill, and Chelsea. So there’s no excuse to not go!
Granger & Co does not serve halal meats. Vegetarian and seafood options are available.
Nearest station: Farringdon
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