5 Ways to have Brunch in London This WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
We’ve never successfully won a game of Trivial Pursuit, we’ve remembered nothing from GCSE French and still don’t understand the offside rule in football.
What we do know is brunch. There’s just nothing better than Sunday brunch in London. If restaurants are dishing up either bottomless, budget or beautiful brunches, we’re eating it. We’ve found the best places to brunch in London this weekend:
What: Canary Wharf is fast becoming a melting pot for different restaurants – sushi, American fare and ramen to name but a few. Let’s not forget Chai Ki, an Indian restaurant who have just introduced their Slow Burn Brunch menu this month, celebrating spice and chilli. Burn baby, burn.
Photo Credit: Paul Winch-Furness
Eat: Brunch highlights include; Miso Curry Leaf Scrambled Eggs, Indian-style ‘bhurji’ eggs with curry leaf, turmeric and a hint of miso, a new version of the much loved Toddy Shop Burger with 28 day dry-aged beef, ‘Byadgi’ chilli and bacon chutney and ‘Kasundi’ mustard; and for those who prefer things a little sweeter, ‘Chaas’ Buttermilk Pancakes – a three-high stack made with ‘chaas’, a traditional Indian buttermilk cooler, served with blueberries, honey and maple syrup.
Where: Chai Ki, Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR. Brunch is from 10.30am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
What: Martin Williams, the founder of M Restaurants, has opened his second destination restaurant; M, VICTORIA STREET, in the heart of London’s Victoria neighbourhood. By night, the restaurant dishes up unbelievable Japanese and grill dishes, while on Sundays they roll out their new brunch menu. Hair of the dog, anyone?
Eat: Everything. Everything on the brunch menu is delicious. Their new brunch menu features classics, with a twist. The fry up has been reinvented with chorizo sausage and duck eggs, while classic scrambled eggs have been paired with pork belly and goat’s curd. Alongside the incredible food offering at M VICTORIA STREET, there is also their ‘Recovery Brunch’. While brunch has become a meal in its own right, M are making brunch into an event every Sunday. M DEN- the restaurant’s secret bar is home to the ‘Recovery Brunch’ complete with film screenings in their six-seater cinema, massages from Kiehl’s masseuses and a DJ playing relaxing house music. Sign us up.
Where: 3 Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria St, London SW1E 6SQ
What: Honest Burgers is a great shout for all your beef needs. Their burgers are out of this world and that bacon ketchup is something else. Did you know that Honest Burgers knock up brunch fare on the weekends? We didn’t either until recently, boy are we happy we discovered it.
Eat: The brunch menu is what you’d expect from Honest Burgers – fuss free. There’s 8 dishes to choose from including the smoked bacon chipotle beans and a fried egg on sourdough toast to their bubble and squeak bun served with a fried egg, tomato, cheese and American ketchup, all for the purse friendly price of £3.50. It goes without saying that their fry up is a must order – smoked bacon, cumberland sausage, black pudding, fried egg, garlic mushrooms, bubble and squeak, chipotle beans and sourdough. All meat is sourced from the Ginger Pig, no crap quality here.
Where: Liverpool Street on weekdays, Clapham and Tooting from 9.30-11.30 on weekends.
What: KuPP is a Scandi-inspired casual dining restaurant located canal-side at Paddington. KuPP brings a taste of Norway and Sweden to the city thanks to their brilliant bords, beer and cocktails. Come the weekends, enjoy brunch with their Bottomless Smorgasbords. Fill your boots for £30.
Eat: There are three bords on the menu, including The Fiske. Bord – homecured Norwegian gravadlax, Atlantic prawn Skagen, home smoked trout, Hanson & Lyderson smoked salmon, Kupp potato salad, roasted beetroot, pickled vegetables, rye bread and Leksands Knacker crisp bread. For the meat lovers, try the KuPP. Bord – house smoked pork meatballs, potted rabbit, chorizo sausage roll, Västerbotten cheese, smoked Sussex gammon, KuPP potato salad, pickled vegetables, sourdough and Leksands Knacker crisp bread. They also serve a smokin’ roast bord with a smoked rib of beef, chive buttered smoked onion, honey smoked beetroot and roasted new potatoes.
Where: 5 Merchant Square, Paddington, London W2 1AS
What: Balans Soho Society is a place to indulge. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-dark activities in the company of fellow bon vivants. Their brunch on the weekends in legendary. Any place that serves steak and eggs as a brunch dish gets a yes from us.
Eat: All the eggs. The High Society Eggs Benedict is as indulgent as it gets – poached eggs, lobster, avocado, bacon on an English muffin topped with Hollandaise. Continuing with the egg theme, they also rustle up scrambled eggs with smashed avocado and toast, their own versions of baked eggs, called Eggs in Hell – 2 eggs poached in a tomato chilli sauce, parmesan and Balans potatoes. And, if you’re trying to be virtuous this January, no fear, there’s porridge, yogurt and bircher muesli on the menu. The breakfast burrito will add a little spice to your morning (available at the Soho café and Westfield Stratford sites).
Where: Locations here