Five Grains

Five Grains


0.5 miles
39 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1RB

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In the space of just one year, Five Grains has established a stellar reputation for its Lebanese fare. Located on Bristol’s uber-central Baldwin Street, close to offices and the bustling shopping district of Broadmead, the café attracts office workers and daytime shoppers alike, who are drawn in by the concise yet thoroughly tempting menu.

Five Grains’ stripped-back, wood-and-brickwork interior is complemented by large floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the modern space in plenty of natural light. Manoushé is the quintessential Lebanese street food – pressed dough baked with a topping of wild thyme, sumac, sesame seeds, salt and oil. The simple menu makes decision-making all the easier, as there are just four options: za’atar, akkawi, lameh bajin or sabenekh manoushé.

For refreshment, you can create your own organic tea infusion – just pick a leaf, choose your spices and herbs, and add a burst of fruity flavour – or plump for a breakfast classic of coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice. I went for the Orange One – a zesty blend of carrot, apple, lettuce, lemon and ginger. My partner couldn’t say no to the popular Green One, which was a refreshing mix of spinach, apple, mint, cucumber, celery, lime and ginger.

We pulled up a pew outside, not long before my za’atar manoushé arrived topped with fresh mint leaves, lettuce, chopped tomato and cucumber. It was fresh, filling and the perfect lunchtime meal. Enhanced by the delicious juice, I certainly felt more awake than when I arrived. My partner had a toasted Lebanese flatbread generously filled with akkawi cheese, olives, pickles, tomato, cucumber, sesame seeds and lettuce. The fresh tomatoes and olives cut through the flavour of the creamy cheese perfectly, ensuring every bite was savoured. There are sweet manoushé wraps too, which come drizzled in honey, or slathered in Nutella or peanut butter, with a choice of toppings including banana, kiwi, crushed hazelnuts, strawberries and sprinkling of pistachios.

If you’re kicking around during the week, make the most of the meal deal, where you can chow down on a savoury manoushé, a piece of fruit and sip a medium juice for just £5, between noon and 2pm, Monday to Friday.

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