Granger & Co is one of those places I just kept hearing about.
We were wandering through Notting Hill the other day and decided to try it out finally. For once there wasn’t a huge queue (probably as it was a week day lunch time rather than a weekend) and given that it’s ethos is healthy eating, it’s a safe restaurant choice if you’re on a healthy-eating kick – particularly if you’re doing low-GI, low-carbs like (South Beach).
And honestly, it lived up to the hype. I mean, check out this pavlova…
This pudding alone explained to me why people queue here for hours on a weekend. It was truly spectacular. Every single ingredient sung out from the plate – the pistachios, the hint of vanilla in the cream, the beautifully soft organic strawberries. It was heaven on a plate.
But let’s start with the basics. Before you even make it in to order pavlova, you’ll notice the beautiful exterior.
It has that very Notting Hill quality of looking laid back and expensive all at the same time – yellow awnings, white outdoor seating and a sort of Farrow & Ball (but cooler) lick of grey across the whole facade. Even in this super polished area you can’t help noticing it.
The interior is all Ottolenghi-esque with a sweeping bar piled high with plates of desserts, the papers and some very beautiful families sprawling about – shiny-haired children and mummies in yoga gear. I imagine on a weekend it’s absolutely bursting with more just like this.
We took our seats, ordered some wine and looked through the menu.
I wanted everything on it. Literally everything. Maybe it’s just the diet but, even so, I think it really says something about a restaurant when you’re genuinely that spoilt for choice.
In the end I went for courgette fritters and Le Ginge had a wonderfully big bowl of Asian broth.
Both were great – really truly great – but George’s broth deserves a special mention. It was so mind-bogglingly fragrant.
Next we shared (read, I ate all of) the strawberry and pistachio pavlova you see above, whilst ogling some copies of Bill Granger’s cook books that are dotted round the place. I made a mental note to buy every single one on Amazon as soon as possible.
I really, really recommend this place. If you’re there on a weekend I can safely vouch that it’s worth the queue.
Granger & Co:
175 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SB
020 7229 9111
Also, Bill Granger does quite a lot of press writing and recipes it seems – if you want to get a feel for his style of cooking, look at this piece in the Independent.