5 Ways to Eat Brunch This Weekend in LondonBy Angelica Malin
There ain’t no party like an Eggs Benedict party. Here’s 5 wicked ways to eat brunch this weekend:
What: Spring has sprung at Tom’s Kitchen – Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf, Chelsea and St Katherine’s Docks are offering guests new a la carte spring menu, and a Spring-inspired weekend brunch menus to celebrate the end of winter. Both menus feature seasonal delights, as well as some literally incredible brunch cocktails.
Eat: For the healthy brunchers, try the Superfood Granola (£4.50) with honey, Greek yoghurt, milk. For the indulgent ones, you can’t miss the Brioche French Toast (£9.00) with caramelised apples, cinnamon cream, berry pancakes and Eggs Benedict (£8.50). If you like avocado on toast, you’ll their twist on the classic – it comes with chilli, cashew nuts, mixed seeds, farmhouse toast. Tom’s Kitchen eggs are from Clarence Court in Liskeard, Cornwall, which makes them super creamy and delicious.
Drink: A Breakfast Martini with gin, cointreau, marmalade (£8.75) or a Beetroot, Apple & Celery (£3.50) if you’re feeling the effects of the night before.
What: Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar is bringing the authentic American taste of the South to Kentish Town with the announcement of its second site, which launched this week in NW5. Sitting proud in Kentish Town Road, the new Joe’s offers a hungry North London audience its trademark succulent fried chicken, belly-filling American dishes and heady cocktails.
Eat: American breakfast favourites that have been given the Joe’s treatment – think pancakes dripping with waffle syrup, fried chicken, and waffles. As always, Joe’s dishes are designed for sharing with friends, getting your fingers dirty and your face sticky.
Drink: The cocktail list features innovative concoctions alongside original takes on the Southern classic Julep and Sazerac, and the spirits offering will boast a large selection of Bourbons and Ryes. The beer list includes American favourites and craft labels, the perfect accompaniment to the venue’s tasty bar snacks.
Tom’s Kitchen brunch: all-day on weekends with a varying menu (breakfast dishes until 11.30 am, brunch mains from 11.30am with classics served throughout the day)
What: For brunch with a difference, try café Flotsam & Jetsam which has just opened in Wandsworth Common. An Antipodean-style brunch café, their menu is really quirky and the twist on Eggs Benedict has all the locals (plus those that come from afar purely for the dish) raving about it. Hana McEwan, opened the café in February (her first experience in cafes), and every weekend it now has a queue out the door, and a waiting list.
Eat: Brioche French toast topped with blood orange and dark chocolate cheesecake, toasted almond brittle crumb, blood orange syrup and candied blood orange, because you can.
Don’t miss the Pork Belly Eggs Benedict on toasted wheat & rye bread with two poached Burford Brown Eggs, brown butter & Allpress espresso hollandaise sauce, sesame seeds and mustard cress (£9.50). What makes it really special is the Hollandaise sauce – the sauce has browned butter and Allpress espresso in it, giving it a really unique, almost caramelised flavour.
Drink: Delicious coffee, of course.
What: A noisy slice of Bombay, scooped up and transported to Shoreditch. Dishoom’s eastern outpost (there’s another in Covent Garden and one to follow in Kings Cross) is a gorgeous homage to the faded elegance and enthusiastic hospitality found in traditional 1960s Bombay cafes. Hark back to a finer age as you peruse the menu, which is packed with authentic Indian favourites alongside fabulously spicy version of brunch’s familiar faces.
Eat: As much as you can, it’s worth it. The bacon and egg naan roll is an unapologetically flavoursome version of an old favourite, and the masala beans make Heinz’s offering look like specks of cardboard.
Drink: Warm your fingers and wash down your food with a bottomless cup of aromatic Chai.
Dishoom brunch: 8am to 11.30am on weekdays, and from 9am to midday on weekends.
What: You can’t beat Peter Gordon’s wonderful and wacky fusion cooking – this cafe, located in Seven Dials, Covent Garden, is the perfect place to meet, eat & drink in the West End. They do fantastic coffee and fresh juices, energising and hearty breakfasts with seasonal ingredients and weekend specials.
Eat: All the brunch. Spiced banana French toast, grilled bacon, orange blossom labne, tamarind raisin relish, orange vanilla syrup (£10) and Kopapa’s hot-smoked salmon, toast, spinach, 2 poached eggs, yuzu hollandaise (£12.50). I can also inform that the black sesame granola with yogurt and fruit is to die for.
Drink: Orchard Fizz cocktail – fresh apple, Poire William & Zubrowka, shaken with a little vanilla & topped with Prosecco (£11.50) naturally. They also do great freshly pressed juices and smoothies – try the raspberry, yuzu & mint (£5.50) for a fruity kick.
Kopapa Cafe brunch: 9.30am – 4.00pm on Saturday & Sunday