Grand Central was once a place I spent my weekends as a teenage Emo, putting My Chemical Romance songs on the jukebox, and spending my pocket-money on different coloured skinny jeans. Now I’m older (and my Emo phase is still maturing like a fine wine) the Grand Central Food Bazaar is my idea of a wonderful weekend. Closer to town than the Baltic Market, the Grand Central Food Bazaar has a selection of food vendors to rival their cousin in the Baltic Triangle, and all in the beautifully restored Gaudi-themed building.
We arrived on Saturday morning for the champagne brunch, and where immediately impressed by the decor and selection of food available. Lots of seating, three levels of food, and a Kimmy K style flower wall – the Grand Central Bazaar is like a Disneyland for hungry adults. A bit like the Magic Kingdom, it could be easy to get overwhelmed in such a place, but the spaced out layout makes it easier to navigate and eat your way around.
After doing a lap of the building, we decided on what we where going to eat. Our first stop was You’ve Pulled, a place I have been stalking on Instagram since hearing about the food bazaar. I ordered scrambled eggs with vine tomatoes on sourdough bread, while Jon got the same but with pulled gammon. The eggs where light and fluffy, but the pulled gammon really set it off, making it a wonderful brunch option.
Our next stop was Picnic, another place I’ve been Instastalking the past few weeks after seeing these sweet halloumi fries they where serving at the Baltic Market. We opted for the Eat Your Greens side between us. Broccoli and asparagus steams in a garlic and balsamic sauce, the dish had a nice little kick to it and was perfect for the second course.
For dessert, I got the best vegan ice cream I’ve ever tasted from Caffe Cream. It was a vegan Oreos Cookies & Cream sundae and it was honestly life affirming. Jon got a black coffee from Grindr and milk chocolate & parma violet macarons from The Little Macaron Shop.
Honestly, I was in a major food coma after this but took the opportunity to explore the building. I was so impressed with how they’ve used the space, especially with the two bars at the front of the building. I couldn’t believe such a beautiful and ornate space used to be where I’d buy band t-shirts and nose rings. The Grand Central Food Bazaar is a wonderful foodie addition to our city and I can’t wait to come back and eat my way around again.