Five Ways to Eat Brunch in London This WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
Everything tastes better when it’s covered in Hollandaise sauce. Fact. Grab your fellow brunchers and head out to the best brunch spots London has to offer this weekend.
What: The Northall Restaurant found in the Corinthia Hotel London celebrates the Great British Kitchen, using seasonal and sustainable produce. Led By Executive Head Chef Garry Hollihead, the restaurant is big on traceability and uses ingredients from Artisan producers. For a brunch to impress your mum, you can’t go wrong with their 3 course brunch with free-flowing Laurent-Perrier Champagne.
Eat: The brunch menu features no porridge or granola, but you won’t miss them. Come here for classic British dishes including Porthilly rock oysters served with merlot vinegar, shallots and lemon and the heritage salt baked beetroot with Innes goats curd, olive caramel and crystalised balsamic for starters. For the main course tuck into Severn and Wye smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toasted brioche and Cocotte eggs with roast veal kidneys, creamed spring cabbage and wild mushrooms. Make you you leave room for dessert – the dark chocolate mousse, peanut Feuillentine with purple grape sorbet is heavenly as is the raspberry pavlova, raspberry cream sorbet and jelly.
Drink: Laurent-Perrier Champagne, of course. There’s two drink options to choose from, if you’re after a boozy brunch pick the free-flowing option and if you don’t fancy a mad Sunday afternoon opt for the one glass of Laurent-Perrier.
Price: Only available on Sundays – three courses with free-flowing champagne £75 and with one glass £45
Where: Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD
What: If you’re not familiar with Les Deux Salons – here’s the lowdown: the restaurant re-opened in June following a snazzy refurbishment and launched a new breakfast menu. Les Deux Salons is two floors of foodie heaven. On the first floor, there’s the French Restaurant, while the ground floor features an all-day café, bistro, bar, épicerie and cave à vin.
Eat: The menu is a celebration of regional french cooking and feature dishes typically found in Parisian bistros. The menu includes pastries, porridge and all the eggs dishes – think Eggs Benedict, egg white omelette and scrambled egg with smoked salmon. Don’t forget about the madeleines with optional warm chocolate sauce to accompany – it’s the stuff of dreams.
Where: 40 – 42 William IV St, London WC2N 4DD
Photo Courtesy: Paul Raeside
What: Good news – Crab Tavern, a brand new seafood restaurant and bar in Broadgate Circle are boarding the brunch bandwagon with their new unlimited boozy brunch launching this weekend. The brunch will be held every other Saturday from 1:00 – 3:30pm, with a crab-tastic DJ playing classic tunes to sing along to. Brunch, booze and banging tunes – you can’t get much better.
Eat: All the delicious crab. A selection of sharing platters and dishes from the brunch menu will be on offer including soft-shell crab burgers, crab hash browns with fried duck egg and spinach and scrambled egg, crab and avocado on toast. Not a fan of crab? No sweat, you can still get your fry up fix with the hearty full monty or opt for brunch classics. We’re talking about sausage sarnies, eggs Benny and porridge.
Drink: ‘Build your own’ prosecco Bellini’s and Bloody Mary’s, that you can make to your own exact taste, at the two pop-up bar stations.
Where: Unit, 7 Broadgate Cir, London EC2M 2QS
What: Martin Morales, the renowned Peruvian chef and award-winning cookbook author is at the helm of Ceviche Old St, a trendy restaurant with a dedicated ceviche bar, Peruvian rotisserie and open charcoal BBQ grill. The brunch menu is big on healthy, sustainable and Peruvian superfood ingredients. For those wanting a virtuous brunch, Ceviche Old St is the place.
Eat: The weekend brunch menu isn’t extensive, but the dishes are full of flavour. The Peruanazo is a combination of two fried Burford Brown eggs, tacu-tacu with rice and butterbeans, belly bacon with a side of saltado criollo and the exceptional gluten-free Lipton dish of kippers, quinoa pancake, poached egg, asparagus and a splash of amarillo chilli sauce.
Drink: Pisco Sours, obviously. Expect some creative Pisco sour action – the Toro Mata will surely wake you up on a sleepy Sunday morning. The cocktail features coffee infused pisco, Fair quinoa vodka, sugar and espresso. ThePisco impostor whisky, Tenzen Yuzushu, ginger infused pisco, ginger and lemongrass cordial.
Where: 2 Baldwin St, London EC1V 9NU
What: Kick start your Saturday Rocket style with a Prosecco brunch only available at the Rocket Bishopsgate branch. Rocket is a causal dining restaurant, ideal for grabbing a lazy mid-morning brunch. Don’t come here for luxury, come here for the stone baked pizzas.
Eat: Seriously good pizzas – keep it classic with a trusty margarita or order the must-try full English breakfast pizza with all the works, the rocket calzone is pretty dreamy too. Seasonal salads are also on the menu along with grill dishes.
Drink: As much prosecco, as you can physically manage or order the bottomless Bloody Mary or Bellini option. At Rocket your glass will never be empty. Splash an extra £7 quid and you can be supping on free-flowing champers.
Where: 201 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3AB