After the success of his eponymous Bistro at the Zetter in Clerkenwell, Bruno Loubet has once again collaborated with mixologist Tony Conigliaro to launch the Grain Store in London's King's Cross. The bar and restaurant are owned by longtime collaborators Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyan, whose properties include Bistro Bruno Loubet and the Zetter Townhouse. The interior, designed by Russell Sage (whose previous work includes The Savoy and The Goring), is based on the idea of 'the exploded kitchen' and blurs the lines between kitchen and dining room.
The bar menu categorises cocktails by flavour, including savoury (represented by the truffle martini) and smoked (a long wine list) and has a large proportion of non-alcoholic cocktails with unique blends like watercress and mint water. Loubet's unique menu promotes vegetables to equal billing with meat and fish. The hype should settle into what is a relaxed dining environment.
Photography: Amy Murrell