Top 5: Ways to Eat Brunch in London This Bank Holiday WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
There’s only one way to celebrate the bank holiday weekend in style, and that’s by eating brunch. Lots of it. From a new vegan brunch dish to a new opening – here’s our top picks for this weeked. Happy brunching, London:
What: What’s better than incredible sushi? When it’s served with free flowing bubbles for 90 minutes. Maze, part of the Gordon Ramsay Group have just launched their all new Sushi Sundays menu – combining Japanese fare with an endless flow of fizz.
Eat: Dine on a feast of Japanese treats. To start, there’s the sushi platter to share which features salmon tartare roll, California roll, tuna tartare roll, salmon nigiri and tuna nigiri. There’s also shasmimi, nigiri plates, spicy salmon rolls and other rice and fish numbers to dig in to. Take a front row seat at the sushi bar and feel part of the action, or opt for a window table and enjoy the unique brunch experience with picturesque views overlooking Grosvener Square.
What: This Bank Holiday Weekend, Le Garrick are rolling out their special bottomless brunch. For two hours, your glass will never be empty. Le Garrick is a classic French restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden, that has one of the most intimate settings in London, offering an authentic menu inspired by cooking from the South West region of France.
Eat: Choose two courses for £35. Starters include; the chef’s home made coarse paté, pan-seared calamari ‘basque’, goat’s cheese salas, and French onion soup. Main course features steak frites, moules frites, the epic Le Garrick burger and the veggie friendly, mushroom risotto. If you’re into sweet than savoury – make sure you order dessert. Choose from lemon tart, creme brulée, the chocolate pot or the chocolate fondant. Stop by for good, honest, reasonably-priced French food.
Where: 10-12 Garrick Street, Covent Garden London WC2E 9BH
What: Atrium Kitchen is an all day hangout serving contemporary breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Nourishing no-nonsense cuisine, under the guidance of Head Chef, Jeff Green. To celebrate their new opening, they’re offering 50% off all food till 12th June. Remember to quote ‘Atrium 50’ when you give them a bell to book.
Eat: Atrium Kitchen have stuck to the brunch classics with their new menu. For lighter options, there’s fresh fruit, house muesli, granola and yoghurt with sheep’s milk yoghurt, topped with blueberries, strawberries, Acacia honey and compote, and morning oats with Acacia honey, toasted seeds and brown sugar. There’s a dedicated egg menu, featuring – Eggs Benedict, Eggs Royale, Eggs Florentine along with shakshuka served with toasted sourdough, and the three egg omelette packed full of cheddar cheese, baby spinach, mushroom and tomato. There’s tons of cakes to choose from – perfect with one of their flat whites.
Where: North Yard, Stables Market, Camden Town, NW1 8AH, London.
Photo Credit: Jamie Thistlethwaite
What: Le Brunch is Les Deux Salons’ take on the phénomène américaine – classic French dishes old and new to be enjoyed and shared avec mes amis as part of a leisurely weekend. And because brunch tastes better with bubbles, Les Deux Salons offers a complimentary glass of Champagne Besserat de Bellefon for all brunch diners in the bistro when you spend £15 or more per person.
Eat: Dishes on Les Deux Salons’ new brunch menu include the classic Oeufs Benedict, Florentine and Arlington, as well as banana brioche with warm chocolate sauce, asparagus and hollandaise, super green frittata, and omelette Arnold Bennett. If you’re in need of a carb fest – there’s avocado and poached egg on toast, roast tomatoes on toast, and mushrooms on toast. After something heartier? Tuck into lamb rump with provençal vegetables, smoked haddock, spinach, poached egg and mustard sauce, or the bavette steak with frites.
Where: 40 – 42 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DD
What: The Ottolenghi empire has received critical acclaim since opening their first shop back in 2002. Now operating out of four outlets across the city, the Ottolenghi Spitalfields branch is our favourite. Drop in on a weekend for a leisurely brunch, and grab a cake for the journey home.
Eat: The shakshuka in peppers and tomatoes, served with labneh and grilled focaccia is legendary, and really great, too. There’s eggs a plenty on menu; scrambled eggs and Hansen-Lydersen smoked salmon, braised eggs with leek, spinach, preserved lemon and za’atar, and butter bean and ham hock stew, served on toasted Italian white bread with and fried egg. The menu now includes a new vegan friendly brunch dish, and it’s a stonker. Scrambled tofu and rose harissa is topped with avocado, tomato and crispy Jerusalem artichokes and served alongside sourdough toast. Nom.
Where: 50 Artillery Ln, London E1 7LJ
One for luck…
What: This bank holiday, The Richmond in Hackney are getting into the swing of things by dishing up their Mexican feast. To celebrate the start of summer, the team has specially created a new South American themed menu full of tasty bites and killer margaritas.
Eat: This Sunday (29th May), The Richmond in Hackney will be offering a £25 per head feast of lobster aguachile, agave glazed pork ribs, swordfish tostadas, hot smoked corn, alongside £6 frozen tamarind margaritas. The Richmond has a new and improved terrace perfect for sipping Mezcal and agua fresca.
Where: 316 Queensbridge Rd, London, E8 3NH
Photo Credit: Ed Reeve