What? Part of the Grind group, Covent Garden Grind is known just as much for its espressos as it is its espresso martinis. Now, under the creative force that is Kyle Boyce, Former Executive Chef of Soho House Group’s public restaurants, they are serving up an evening menu of small plates from 5pm Monday to Saturday.
New? No, it opened back in early 2016, but they’ve only recently launched their evening menu.
Where? 42 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7LJ, www.grind.co.uk
On the Menu: It’s all about sharing and at £6 a dish, you can order the whole menu including pudding, share it between two and still have spent less than £25 each which isn’t bad at all. Dishes include the likes of burrata, heritage beetroot and ciabatta; sprout panzanella and goat’s cheese and kale, brown rice, cauliflower, pine nuts and pomegranates.
First Impressions: Apart from the smell of coffee which enwraps you, you can’t help but notice the great music – whoever is in charge of the playlist at Grind is doing a sterling job. We’re told come Fridays and Saturdays there is more of a party atmosphere, but during the week it’s relaxed, a step up from a coffee shop but without the jostle of a bar.
The Look: It’s minimal but with that signature distinctive Grind style: distressed wooden floors, a long wooden panelled counter, exposed brick white washed walls and small marble topped tables. It’s flooded in light from big windows, pendant lighting and high ceilings, but your attention is drawn to the only real colour – the neon sign above the stairs, declaring that ‘We Can Be Heroes Just For One Day’ and Grind certainly are our caffeine heroes.
What We Ate: There are Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours running through the dishes, with plenty of pine nuts, burrata yoghurt and pomegranates. Smashed sweet potato, had a wonderful sweet, caramelized flavour which was cut through with cool yoghurt and spiced nuts. The stand out dish was a salt cod brandade – wonderfully creamy and with thin, crisp garlic crostini to scoop it up with. Hunks of bread were smeared with a rich chicken liver pate and topped with vibrant radishes and pickles – it’s a sizable dish. There’s a pretty dish of burrata, heritage beetroot and ciabatta and we were big fans of the kale, with brown rice, cauliflower, pine nuts and pomegranate. To finish was a classic affogato with amaretti and a hot apple crumble sundae with a sweet, caramel sauce. They might be small plates but they aren’t just morsels, they’re proper portions.
What We Drank: Despite being only a Tuesday we had to go for a classic Grind espresso martini, it’s slick, smooth an all too easy to drink. If you don’t want a caffeine hit in the evening then we also recommend the Clover Club, more refreshing and made from gin, raspberry, sugar and an egg white foam.
Go With: It’s going to be our new date spot, but equally it’s good if you want somewhere chilled to hang out during the week. If you visit in the day then we suggest going alone, pulling up a pew in the window, ordering a coffee and watching London go by.
Final Word: Want to learn more about Grind? Check out when we met up with the founder, David Abrahamovitch here.
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