• Grain Store (Flinders Lane, Melbourne)

Opened just over a month ago and with a focus on seasonal produce, Grain Store is relatively new on the scene, but already gaining in popularity. We were lucky to be invited for a launch party last Friday.  This saw us checking out the space and tasting a variety of food, show casing their culinary skills (albeit not the cuisine from their regular menu).

The potato chips were thin and crispy and tasted spiced.  The slaw was with witlof, a creamy, tangy dressing, and a smidgen of parsley.

The red witlof with cous cous was crunchy and cold, like fresh, raw vegetable, even though majority of this taster was grains, as the eateries name may warrant.  The quinoa, cous cous and bite of the salad were flavoured by the bitter bite of the witlof.

The potato fondant was an Australian take on the old fashioned Swiss favourite raclette.  The potato was in one piece where the vegetable had been cut into short cylinders and then hollowed.  The centre was filled with gruyere, cream and raclette.  These were served piping hot with the cheese dangerously oozing.  An instant body warmer.

The polenta planks were dusted with powdered rosemary and salt.  These had been exceptionally cooked.  The polenta inside was fluffy like creamy potato mash, but the outside crust was super crunchy, retaining less oil from high heat frying.  These were simple but very well done.

Beer on tap is True South.  It was creamy with a light flavour of malt.

The interior of Grain Store is one that I would describe as Nordic.  Natural wood features throughout and gives a down to earth feel against the white painted pipes exposed on the ceiling.

Grain Store is open for brunch, lunch and private functions.  Down the New York end of Flinders Lane, Grain Store is in a spot with few options for morning coffee or breakfast meetings.

Grain Store
517 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000
03 9972 6993

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