If you know me a little bit, you know I love Portobello Road. And on Portobello Road, just a bit further down from the Westway there is a little take away place called ‘The Grain Shop’. The sign says vegetarian food, but more than half of it is vegan.
I can tell you to just go for their vegan brownie, but the rest of their food is very nice too. It reminds me a bit of a home made meal. Perfect for a day you don’t feel like cooking, but still crave a cosy dish. I must say that it took me a while to actually go in here. Not sure why, but I think it’s because of the atmoshpere. It looks a bit cold or something, while I think the outside is rather nice and authentic.
I’d recommend the potatoes and the lentils. But what I really love at The Grain Shop is their yummy selection of vegan cakes. They really have quite some options and out of that the brownie is my favourite. It’s not really a classic brownie, because it’s more like chocolate cake. But it’s huge, it has walnuts, it has chocolate icing, it’s chocolatey, it’s soft and it’s sticky when you take a bite. (I’m eating one whilst writing this.. Oops!) They also sell drinks. Coconut water, juices and they have quite a selection of the ‘Whole Earth’ soft drinks. I’m not crazy about soft drinks myself, but for everyone who is, this brand is all natural and much better for you than the extreme sugary ones. Oh and it’s organic, yay!
You can choose your food yourself. There are 2 container sizes you can choose from(+ an eating in and eating out price) and the only thing you have to do is tell them what you’d like to have in there. Later in the day there is less to choose form though. Which is a shame maybe, but I like it as it means there will be less waste.
The staff is always very friendly and helpful, what I really appreciate. It makes it fun to go there. It makes such a big difference i my opinion. It’s a very tiny place and though there are a few seats, I like to take my food home and enjoy it sitting in my window. Also because, though the food is really nice, it’s not the place to have a long lunch and chat. But the food is nice and after a lovely afternoon wandering around Portobello Road, it’s a lovely meal to take home so you can put you feet up, eat and relax.
Do you know The Grain Shop and did you try their food before? Are you going to try the brownie after reading this? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X