Cudo, Groupon, Living Social – these are just the few discount coupon type of things that Mr. C loves because that’s how we find new places to try for our regular date nights. This time round, thanks to the offer in Cudo we got to try out The Grain Store. I’ve been to The Grain Store previously, thanks to Eat Fit Food’s previous event and I already had this place in mind to try out for our next date night. The fact that it had an offer on Cudo was just pure utter luck.
Set on the King Street side of Flinders Lane, The Grain Store is tucked in between King and Collins Street discreetly tucked into a building, of which I have no idea what it’s called. See I’m honest.
The interior reminded me of a large kitchen cum dining space – you know, like Martha Stewart’s cosy home or something. Much like a converted barn in fact, with the wooden floors, joinery and the furniture. It felt cosy, comfortable and unpretentious.
The philosophy at The Grain Store is all about using produce that have been grown, harvested and acquired locally, with the environment in mind. They use the freshest seasonal produce with minimal use of additives.
The coupon entitled us to having an entree and a main, we also received two extras – a sparkly drink which had champagne and some kind of syrup – tasty! I had Mr. C’s share of that too. We also got to try their “mushroom cappuccino”, which is I think something like a mushroom consomme, served with a parmesan wafer. It came in a little shot glass for you to drink from.
For my entree, I had the pan seared scallops with butternut caponata, chipotle crumble and champagne veloute. The scallops were cooked perfectly, tender and the whole dish was fresh, which gave it a nice start to what I know would be a big dinner for me.
I picked the South Gippsland lamb, served with zucchini, polenta, spring pea salsa and quince for my main. Mr. C had the sirloin steak with potato galette, bearnaise sauce and caramelised onion jus. We had a side serving of hand cut chips that were served with some chipotle aioli.
I loved my lamb, but thought there was too much going on, on my plate. I could have done without the zucchini ribbons, as the spring pea salsa gave me enough greens for the night. The salsa went really well with the grilled lamb and the polenta was cooked perfectly. The chips were just right, but I didn’t quite enjoy the chipotle aioli too much, opting instead to dip my chip into my polenta. We were too full to get the dessert, which looked very tempting (I was spying on the table next to us), but I knew that I would end up wasting it even with both Mr. C and me sharing a dessert.
We both loved the atmosphere and the quality of the food and have decided to come back soon to sample their fish, which I believe is their strong point. And, the dessert of course!
The staff were helpful, friendly and gave the whole place a really warm atmosphere. Another one of our favourite places to go to again for our next date night.
P.S: Excuse the blurry photos, as the lighting really wasn’t that great when it comes to photographing food with your smart phone. 😉