If you've ever passed through Westbourne Grove on a weekend you will have seen the line to Granger & Co for breakfast/ brunch. I've always been curious but never been in the mood to stand in line.. you have to twist my arm quite a bit to get me to wait over 30 minutes to get into a restaurant.. but one must sacrifice for one's blog readers and so there I was waiting with friends for over 30 minutes to get into a restaurant...
Firstly, I was on a diet at the time and secondly, I don't do eggs. So maybe I'm not able to give you a proper review of this as I wasn't able to try the yumminess from my friends' plates... I ordered the quinoa felafal which came with edemame hummus, roast beets, haloumi and grilled flatbreads- which was delicious. My friend had the ricotta hotcakes which come with bananas and a honeycomb butter- it looked divine, but... diet. The menu is a very interesting one, with a mix of Mediteranean, Asian and Italian flavors (according to their website, it's Australian??) with items like sweetcorn fritters, pastas, yellow fish curry with spiced butternut squash, miso charred open steak sandwich and a host of wonderful sounding apetisers and sides like courgette chips with tahini yoghurt and crispy salt and pepper squid.
We didn't get a proper table so we chose to sit at the bar instead of waiting longer for a private table. Service for where we were sitting was a little slow- we asked for coffee and it took 2 reminders before we got it-- for a restaurant which constantly sees this many diners they should at least have a better managed service system.
I would have loved to try a dessert too, but you know, diet and all...but honestly I would like to go back when I'm not as restricted with what I can eat and try some of the more eclectic items on the menu. Go with a group of friends so you can share food- and maybe even convince them to go earlier and stand in queue so you don't have to wait as long :)
The restaurant itself delivers on what its website claims as a bright, light and airy dining room, which makes it welcoming and homey.
Information: Granger and Co is located in Notting Hill on 175 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SB, Tel:+44 20 7229 9111. They also have branches in Australia, Hawaii and Japan.