Posted by Jenny L on Thursday, October 17, 2013 with No comments
Located on the quieter side of Flinders Lane is the talk of the town, The Grain Store. Though, there is absolutely nothing shy or muted here. The interior fit out is a lovely airy space that cover both good looks and functionality in mind. The menu is bold, loud and filled with tempting dishes that were plated up as pieces of art. A wonderful spot to meet my favourite girls from work to do what we do best. Eat, eat and eat.
Coffee beans are supplied by the big dogs here - St Ali and Axil Coffee Roasters. The Grain Store brewed up an excellent skinny flat white. My caffeine dosage for the day was the Champion House Blend (50% Costa Rica and 50% Mexico), which really hit the spot.
The chunky cut chips were crispy and golden on the outside, a soft and fluffy interior, and was great with the spicy aioli.
Chilli & Fennel Sausage
Whilst I'm not the biggest fan of sausages, there was something very alluring about this dish that pulled me in. An explosive chilli and fennel sausage laid next to a bed of herbed earthy winter vegetables, savoy cabbage and a pair of perfectly poached eggs. The sausage was accompanied by a pear and cumquat chutney which was sharp, sweet and tart. Interesting flavours, although I found it too acidic and bitter for my liking.
Bacon Steak & Smoked Jalapeno Cheese Croquette
JJ went for the thick cut bacon steak with smokey jalapeno infused cheese croquettes, a sunny side up egg, savoy cabbage, a trail of pea salsa, whipped goat’s feta and apple balsamic which were all well received.
Grilled Asparagus & House Smoked Salmon
Seeing D's dish really gave me food envy. Grilled asparagus, house smoked salmon, poached egg, goats curd, blood orange, watercress and finished with sprinklings of crispy quinoa. Aside from the goats curd that she forgot to ask to be omitted, D commented that everything was scrumptious.
Though we found ourselves having to lean across the table to make ourselves heard, there is nothing quite like going out with good company for a weekend brunch. To catch up on the latest gossip, enjoy a good chat and really spend some time to get to know each other. Good food brings people together.
The Grain Store