Occasionally, I love walking around Ikea showrooms even when I have no need for new furnishing, just to look at the various combos. Okay, so I am pretty sure that the Grain Store isn’t furnished by Ikea, but it did remind me of a showroom. Except this was the best showroom I’ve ever been to, because a middle island bench was laden full with vibrant salads, focaccias and delicious tarts and quiches. It is the perfect environment to catch up with a special girlfriend and that is exactly what I did.
So I’ve been purposefully trying to get myself to like chai, because readers of this blog will know that I like coffee though it doesn’t always love my tummy and I’m not really a hot chocolate person unless the weather is being bitter. That leaves tea and chai lattes. I adore tea, but often cafes try to charge me $4 for a lipton teabag. So I guess it doesn’t hurt to expand my repertoire a bit. Comparing to the various chais I’ve tried recently, this one is quite light and milky, I wish they hadn’t sweetened it for me, as it was a little bit on the sweet side for my taste.
My friend and I decided to share our choices from the counter.
This tart was chock-a-block full with different veggies, with just thin layers of eggy mixture stringing it all together. I liked that this tart was mild in taste, allowing me to appreciate the character of each organic vegetable in full.
A classic and always a crowd pleaser. Luscious slices of subtly smoked salmon, creamy dressing, broken up with the tangy pop of capers. As long as the ingredients are fresh and the kitchen is generous with ingredients, this dish is infallible.
The Grain Store is one of those recharge cafes, it almost feels like therapy. Meals made of healthy, fresh ingredients; calming environment and friendly service, I felt energised stepping out after lunch. One of these days, I will make a return trip to try out more of their offerings, because I have a feeling that I’ve barely scratched the surface.