Top 5: Ways to Eat Brunch in London This WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
What time is it? It’s not Chico time. It’s brunch time. From two new brunch spots (oh how we spoil you), to a new bottomless brunch – here’s 5 fantastic brunch hangouts in London you need to hit up this weekend:
What: Over Easy is a new daytime eatery specialising in produce-led breakfasts and all day brunches coupled with specialty coffee, pressed juices and carefully curated cocktails. Brunch is served till 6pm on weekends, so there’s no need to rush for your avocado on toast fix.
Eat and Drink: Smaller plates include: sweetcorn doughnuts with jalapeño jelly; stone fruit salad drizzled with honey and cardamom syrup; granola served alongside greek yoghurt, berries, London honey, and coconut yoghurt, and eggs served any style on bread of your choosing (go for the homemade brioche). Hankering for sweet? The Dutch baby is a puffed pancake topped with whipped ricotta, nectarine and almond praline – it’s super sweet, but super tasty. There’s plenty of egg options too: baked eggs in a spiced tomato ragout with feta, black olive and coriander; truffled pain perdu with black pudding, kale, mushrooms and fried egg, and the crab Benedict topped with passionfruit hollandaise and avocado crema. If you need nursing from the night before, the Over English will sort out your hangover woes – two eggs, streaky bacon, breakfast sausage, confit tomatoes, spicy beans and tots. There’s also a veggie option – two eggs, mushrooms, avocado crema, confit tomatoes, spicy beans and tots.
Where: 31 Duke Street, London W1U 1LG
What: If you’re on the look out for your next bottomless brunch outing, your search has come to an end. Westminster’s newest breakfast to dinner eatery, Walkers of Whitehall have just launched their bottomless brunch, available on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm, in two hour sittings with two courses for £30 or three for £35 with unlimited Bellinis or Prosecco. Boom.
Eat and Drink: Walkers carries their robata grill influences to their newest brunch menu. From the starter section, feast on fried egg on sourdough with N‘duja; charred cauliflower with tahini, golden raisin and pine nuts; charcoal baked beetroots, whipped feta, orange and walnuts, or the hummus with dukkah and flatbreads. Mains deliver in a big way, we’re talking about shakshuka baked eggs in a spiced tomatoes and pepper sauce with labneh, the meaty combination of bacon and sausage muffin, topped with fried eggs and a parmesan hash brown, and French toast which can be served sweet with berries and clotted cream, or if you’re a lover of the sweet and savoury mash up, opt for smoked bacon and maple syrup. Veggie lovers can enjoy charred squash with lentils and burnt onions. End your brunch on a sweet note with cherry and almond tart, or the lemon curd semifreddo. And the chocolate pot with orange biscuit is a little thing of beauty.
Where: 15, Craig’s Ct, London SW1A 2DD
What: Steak and seafood your thang? Smith & Wollensky have just rolled out their brand new brunch menu. The menu is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 2pm giving you the chance to kick start your day the all American way. Bring your stretchy pants, you’re going to need them.
Eat and Drink: The menu is a hearty affair, and there’s nine different types of Bloody Marys on the menu. We’re going to break this down for you. Yolk fan? There’s eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, eggs braised short rib and omelettes (4 to choose from). The menu also shows off Smith & Wollensky’s signature steak dishes, think USDA prime dry-aged steaks like sirloin, t-bone, bone-in rib-eye and Kansas City cut bone-in sirloin, and if you like your meat from a little closer to home, there’s steak from Britain and Ireland. We’re not done just yet – there’s cinnamon French toast, classic American waffles, and blueberry pancake stacks (and the fruit platter if you want to be that guy). Hold tight, as larger plates come in the form of maple sausages and mixed spiced beans, smoked bacon hash with poached eggs, braised beef hash and poached eggs, and sirloin steak and fried eggs. Please note: gym membership is not included.
Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam St, London WC2N 6HT
What: Darkhorse, the modern European restaurant and bar in Stratford’s East Village, is kicking off their new brunch on Saturday (1st). Featuring hearty dishes from the charcoal-fuelled Bertha oven, the new menu will start weekends in style for E20 residents and visitors to the Olympic Park alike.
Eat and Drink: Created by co-founder Lee Glen, the new menu will include standout dishes such as smoked pork hash, smoked for 12 hours in the Bertha oven and served with potatoes and a fried duck egg, and Bertha baked eggs with anchovy soldiers. Elsewhere on the menu will be brunch classics including chestnut mushrooms and pancetta on toast; scrambled eggs and smoked salmon; baked chorizo with potato and egg; and Christian Parra black pudding with romesco and apple frisse salad.
Where: 16-19 Victory Parade, East Village, Stratford, London E20 1FS
What: How do you make a brunch of perfectly cooked eggs, the smokiest bacon and tangy Bloody Marys more tempting? By making it bottomless, obviously. One Canada Square, located in the lobby of the iconic landmark building on Canary Wharf is now offering bottomless beverages to accompany the set brunch menu on Saturdays.
Eat and Drink: The Saturday brunch (from 10am – 4.30pm) features a wide variety of brunch time favourites from Eggs Royale and Florentine, to Wiltshire asparagus with soft poached eggs, ash mayonnaise and truffle dressing. For those who fancy something a little more substantial, dishes such as Devon crab and chilli linguine and steak tartare, or the classic Shorthorn Burger are also available. And let’s not forget about the Scottish salmon fishcake, with spinach and chive butter sauce and artichoke tortellini, sprinkled with girolles, truffle and parmesan. There’s sticky toffee pudding with cornflake ice cream. We’ve eaten it. And it does not disappoint.
Where: One Canada Square Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB