November Guide: 5 New Brunch Menus to Try in London This MonthBy Alicia Grimshaw
We all love a brunch, don’t we? The perfect way to spend a weekend, there’s nothing quite like spending a leisurely Saturday working your way through a cocktail list and every variety of egg with pals. London is arguably one of the best cities in the world for everyone’s favourite meal, with more options than ever around the capital (particularly for bottomless). We’ve taken the effort out of it and rounded up the best new brunch menus to try this month… Go on, have a scroll:
What: Bala Baya has launched its new Israeli-style brunch menu created by Chef Eran Tibi. The brunch menu is Bala Baya’s biggest and most generous offering to date – think seasonal small plates and adventurous Israeli mains, alongside a never-ending supply of pitta bread to mop up all those delightful homemade dips.
Eat: For weekend brunch start with a host of seasonal mezzes, all served with house pita, including; Feta and apricot (£4), a mix of macerated apricots, saffron and oregano; Fire and heat (bonfire burnt tomatoes with Turkish chillies and coriander), and Pink Tarama (a blend of smoked roe, extra virgin olive oil and chives).
For the main course, choose from an array of Israeli-style brunch plates; Hummus Breakfast (hummus, chickpea stew, soft-boiled egg, coriander and chilli relish, cardamom, sumac and oil); Breakfast Brisket Doughnut (Moroccan doughnut, beef brisket, egg, bonfire tomato and chilli, orange spiced jus, tahini and coriander); and Prune Pudding (babka bread & butter pudding, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, blackberry & Crème de Cassis and vanilla anglais) for dessert.
Where: Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR
What: Live fire restaurant Acme Fire Cult’s new Sunday roast feasting-style menu, available from 12pm – 3:30pm every Sunday, offers a selection of veggie, vegan and meat options.
Eat: The new menu offers a selection of innovative vegetable-led small plates to start, including Char Siu beetroots with fennel pollen and mojo verde; Coal roast leeks with pistachio romesco and Cauliflower ‘Aslam’s Butter’ style with Guindilla and pink onions.
To follow, enjoy a grilled and smoked meats platter inspired by Dalston’s vibrant Turkish food culture and ocakbasi restaurants. Perfect for sharing between two, this comprises a hearty selection of Vadouvan chicken thigh, Tamworth pork belly, Highland beef rump and Smoked Cotechino sausage – all served alongside Acme’s ‘meat bread’ and pickles.
Where: Abbot St, London E8 3DP
Photo credit: Steve Ryan
What: Housed within Victoria’s Nova development, The Palm House is a brand-new drinking and dining destination with a vibrant weekend brunch offering. Free-spirited, free-flowing and laden with a troupe of London’s best DJs, vocalists, musicians and entertainers to help set the Miami beach club scene, weekend brunch parties are a headline event here.
Eat: Bottomless sangria, rum cocktails, freshly made house sodas and bottles of Champagne will accompany a selection of colourful brunch plates. The menu includes tacos crammed with the likes of plantain, pork al pastor and mojo chicken; Cuban toast with cinnamon, vanilla bean cream, dulce de leche, chocolate and fresh berries; and
Where: The Palm House, 150 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB
Photo credit: Steven Joyce
What: Brother Marcus has recently opened its fourth site just around the corner from South Kensington tube station. As you’d expect, they’re serving a mega brunch menu inspired by Eastern Mediterranean flavours.
Eat: The brunch menu features Brother Marcus’ favourites, like the sweet potato fritters with avocado, crispy kale, turmeric yoghurt and a poached egg; the smokey shakshuka with two poached eggs in a pepper and tomato sauce topped with labneh and feta with a side of toasted fluffy pita; and harissa eggs with curly kale, avocado on toasted organic sourdough and drizzled with harissa oil
Where: 1-3 Pelham St, South Kensington, London SW7 2ND
What: Ochre – the new modern British restaurant in central London’s iconic National Gallery on Trafalgar Square – has launched a new Sunflower Brunch. Taking place every Saturday, Ochre’s brunch marks the weekend in style with DJs playing feel-good hits, a DIY Bloody Mary trolley, oysters, decadent dishes and free-flowing Champagne and Whispering Angel Rosé.
Eat: Enjoy a host of house-crafted cocktails by Head Bartender Ian Williams including a traditional Mimosa, a refreshing Pomegranate Bellini and bespoke Bloody Marys from a trolley served at the table. To start, expect sharing small plates including Seasonal Jersey Oysters, Soused Cornish mackerel and sea lettuce tacos, and Sweet potato and English pea samosas.
To follow, a host of decadent brunch dishes include Eggs royale, American-style pancakes, a Harissa spice lamb burger with cumin yoghurt, pickled red cabbage, chilli and feta, and a 28-day aged Hereford rib-eye steak with chimichurri, braised shallot complete with unlimited sides of garden salad and triple cooked chips.
Where: National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN