London’s Grain Café
UK-based pop-up restaurant 26 Grains is set to open a permanent café in London's Covent Garden that will serve a menu of grain-based dishes.
The café, which will open in May 2015, will offer porridge, muesli, granola, risotto and a range of grains and salads. The menu features three different porridges served throughout the day, plus two savoury dishes and a grain-based salad served at lunchtime.
Most of the dishes are sweet – for example, porridge served with rye, pear, cardamom, hazelnut and coconut yoghurt. There are also savoury options available, such as miso, kale, chilli cashew and egg served with either porridge or muesli. The café will also host events such as food workshops and supper clubs in conjunction with other local businesses.
There has been a dramatic rise in demand for grain-based foods – particularly ancient grains such as quinoa and freekeh – as increasingly health-conscious consumers look for uncultivated and natural food products. For more on this, see Forgotten Foods.
Restaurants are also turning to forgotten and overlooked ingredients to create new, upgraded dining experiences. London's Tincan pop-up restaurant presents canned fish as a luxury item, as explored in Tincan: Canned-Fish Restaurant. For further exploration of these ideas, look out for Elevating the Everyday – part of the New-Era Luxury Macro Trend, publishing next month.