5 Ways to Eat Brunch in London This WeekendBy Angelica Malin
It’s sunny in London this weekend, which means we all stock up on disposable barbecues, fruity cider is bought like water and beer gardens become our second home. If you fancy eating your poached eggs in the sunshine – we’ve discovered 5 new brunch menus you need to try in the capital this weekend. Happy feasting, pals:
What: Chef Harvey Ayliffe has revamped 34 Mayfair’s brunch menu – and it’s a showstopper. The menu now features modern mid morning eats with international influences, largely based around the bespoke Argentine parilla grill.
Where: 34 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London W1K 2HD
What: City restaurant Coq d’ Argent has launched its Parisian Feast; a new Sunday lunch with bottomless French starters and desserts, accompanied by a resident DJ and killer views of the capital.
Why: Alongside a European twist on traditional Sunday lunch mains, starters are served buffet-style and feature platters of Colchester and Jersey oysters with mignonette, and charcuterie of different cured meats, terrines and pâtés. Endless and decadent desserts include French sweets including Charlotte aux fraises, a light cake made with fresh strawberries, cream and lady fingers, and Sable Breton (salted butter cookies).
Where: 1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ
What: Just in time for summer in the city, 28°-50° Wine Workshop and Kitchen has created a Saturday brunch offering, available at its sites on Maddox Street and Marylebone Lane.
Why: Healthy new brunch dishes created by Michelin-awarded Chef Patron Aggi Sverrisson include the manuka smoked salmon with toasted rye pumpernickel and scrambled eggs, and Aggi’s signature Skyr, served with berries and granola. And for vegan hunnies, try the smashed avocado with a quinoa and herb salad. Turn in up a notch with a glass (or glasses) of Henriot Champagne, or opt for a homemade healthy juice, such as the regenerating Ísey Skyr 28°-50° spring green juice.
Where: Locations here
What: Looking for a avocado-less brunch? We know just the place. Le Pont de la Tour and recently appointed Head Chef Julien Imbert have unveil a new brunch menu of authentic French dishes.
Why: Highlights from the menu include; black truffled scrambled eggs with fresh truffles on freshly baked brioche topped with comté and chives; French favorite Croque Madame with Mornay Sauce, ham cured in-house, Emmental cheese with a sunny side up fried egg; and for something sweet, Pain Perdu, a traditional recipe by Julien’s grandmother Yvette. Instead of day old baguette, Julien dips slices of fluffy brioche into milk and egg before frying in butter and topping with homemade caramel ice cream.
Where: Butlers Wharf Buildings, 36 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
What: Ember Yard have launched a rotating Sunday Feast series offering a monthly-changing menu designed for sharing, each with their distinctive smoky twist. From midday – 9.45pm every Sunday, enjoy a decadent four-course meal, served with bottomless wine or fizz for £35 per person.
Why: Sunday Feasts are served family-style and always begin with the popular grilled flatbread with smoked butter and thyme, before moving on to the monthly changing feasting menu. This April, it’s a Springtime theme – think crispy salt cod with grilled white asparagus and wilted Agretti saffron aioli, and Josper baked heritage carrots with whipped ricotta, carrot, nutmeg jam and smoked almonds. For main courses, choose from the Iberico pork ragu or charred smoked mackerel before finishing off with a vanilla pannacotta with blood orange sorbet and pistachio cake crumble, or a bitter chocolate ganache with muscovado, brandy ice cream and smoked sea salt.
Where: 60 Berwick Street, London, W1F 8SU
Sunday Feasts will be served from midday to 9.45pm and can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0207439 8057.