Top 5: Ways to Eat Brunch in London This WeekendBy Angelica Malin
Don’t ask us how we’ve done it, but we’ve somehow managed to discover 5 new brunch menus in London. There’s everything from a live music Sunday brunch to a special honey-inspired brunch menu. Happy feasting, chums:
What: Isabel in super swanky Mayfair has launched a brand new winter brunch menu, and it’s mega. As well as the new tasty eats, the new menu is brimming with breakfast cocktails (hello, hair of the dog), and plenty of healthy smoothies to help kick start your weekend in style.
Eat and Drink: The new breakfast menu features the restaurant’s signature freshly-baked arepas, a savoury pancake-style dish made from a special cornflour, popular in South America from where the Isabel menus take most of their inspiration. There’s plenty of yolk loving here – choose from eggs Benedict, eggs Florentine, or the restaurant’s signature dish; poached eggs, avocado, almonds and cayenne on arepa. The Isabel breakfast counter is ladened with baked breads and fresh pastries that are made on site each morning, along with an array of grains, berries, fresh fruit and cold-pressed juices.
Where: Isabel, 26 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4HY
What: In case you missed the memo – it’s National Honey Week. To celebrate the occasion, Hilton London Bankside are putting on a spread of its very own honey-harvest inspired dishes for a one-off Honey Brunch on Saturday (28th October). The hotel has tended to four beehives which are housed on the fourth-floor Meadow Garden for over a year; an initiative set up to reintegrate nature into the urban Bankside landscape. And now they’re sticking all their honey into a three course honey brunch bonanza.
Eat and Drink: Pick starters from the cold chef’s table like the marinated tiger prawns with caramelised honey, soy and sesame; salmon gravlax topped with English mustard and honey emulsion; and red cabbage with honey pickled onion, samphire and chilli salad. Hot sharer plates include honey basted ham hock served grain mustard potato, beans and parsley; tandoori marinated cod fillet and cashew biriyani served with honey cucmber apple raita; and roasted pumpkin with thyme honey, flashfried vegetables and cashew nut butter. Don’t miss the honeycomb mousse and
pear, and almond Bakewell served with dollop of honey cream.
Where: Hilton London Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0UG
What: Ahead of its 10th anniversary next year, The Botanist Sloane Square has reopened its doors to reveal a new fancy interior, along with a new brunch menu. If there’s one place to indulge in bubbles and brunch this weekend, it’s here.
Eat and Drink: If you’re need a healthy hit after a night on the tiles, choose between porridge made with coconut milk and topped with passion fruit; homemade granola with Greek yoghurt and berry compote; or the coconut and chia seed pot with mango, passionfruit and quinoa. There’s plenty of veggies options like the avocado on toast with poached egg; two eggs any way on toast; and the spinach omelette. If you need a hangover cure – there’s only one thing for it: The Botanist full English breakfast.
Where: 7 Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8EE
What: The Greek Larder in King’s Cross felt left out of the brunch party, so they decided enough was enough – it was time to start dishing up Greek early morning eats. And by gosh are we happy that they have, because the new brunch menu is teeming with mezze platters, dips and more.
Eat and Drink: If you’re into sweet brunch dishes, try the strained yoghurt with kolyva (Greek granola), roasted pistachios, sesame seeds and apricot in syrup, or the sweet bougatsa (crispy filo pastry and vanilla custard), drizzled with Greek honey. There’s eggs aplenty here – tuck into Sfougato of Lesvos, a baked omelette filled with courgettes, lettuce, spring onions and galotiri cheese; or the baked elephant beans served with pastourma, graviera cheese, fried egg, flat bread, avocado and tahini dressing. Like baked eggs? The Greek Larder’s eggy creation features home made lamb sausage and sweetbreads, shallots, peppers and sourdough bruschetta, and it’s a blinder.
What: Adam Handling recently opened his hotly-anticipated flagship restaurant, Frog by Adam Handling in London’s Covent Garden. The flagship restaurant showcases Adam’s distinctive cooking style and combination of innovative flavours during its new best of British Sunday brunch.
Eat and Drink: The menu features your go-to brunch options and traditional British favourites with an Adam Handling twist, all accompanied by a selection of London’s most exciting jazz bands. The brunch menu include beef Wellington with spinach, carrots and mashed potato, and ox cheek hash with a runny duck egg. Just you wait to see the dessert menu…it’s off the chain.
Where: 34-38 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HF