Top 5: Ways to Eat Brunch in London This WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
We understand the struggle to find a new brunch spot to fill your eggs and avocado habit. Don’t worry – we’re here to help. We’ve discovered the five best spots to get your Bloody Mary kicks this weekend. Knifes and forks at the ready:
What: KOJAWAN is taking brunch to new heights with its futuristic bottomless brunch, launching this weekend. Bringing a distinctive new offering to London’s ever popular brunch scene, forget eggs benedict and smashed avo, and expect the unexpected. Glasses will never be empty with bottomless cocktails, wine or house specialty Kirin Ichiban beer, whilst dining on innovative Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese inspired dishes.
Eat: To get the party started, choose between unlimited tipples of Bloody Mary’s, Grey Goose Cosmopolitans or Chateau Fontainbleau wine (red, white or rosé) or Kirin beer. Brunch starts with a feast of appetizers for the table which includes crunchy cabbage; peas in a pod; zucchini fries and k-chup; crispy chicken; smoked salmon rice sandwiches and a choice of spicy crab dumplings or spicy cod dumpling with dipping sauces. Step up to the plate for the main course, with options including Arnold Bennett ‘egg cake’ with smoked Pollock, BIBIMBAP with beef sirloin, egg, mushrooms and beef tea; or for those with a sweet tooth, a stack of pancakes served with blueberries, black sesame and maple syrup.
Where: 23rd Floor, Hilton London Metropole, 225 Edgware Road, London, W21JU
What: The month, roka aldwych is rolling out their new han setto weekend brunch menu. Staying true to the roka concept that all dishes are designed to share, the aldwych han setto brunch includes a bellini on arrival, an extensive selection of ten roka dishes, a main course and dessert platter, along with wine pairings for £55.
Eat: To kick things off – feast on spicy mixed sashimi with cucumber and green beans, pork and prawn dumplings, avocado and gobo maki with crispy rice, and robata vegetables with sweet yuzu miso. Second course is from the robabta grill, with options including; sea bream fillet with ryotei miso and red onion, beef sirloin coated in chilli and spring onion or a mushroom hot pot with truffle. All true brunches should end with something sweet, and the final flourish is the roka dessert platter – a delightful array of sweet treats and fresh fruit.
Where: roka aldwych, 71 aldwych, london, wc2b 4hn
What: Opened this week, The Ivy Café, Wimbledon Village, offers a friendly, neighbourly environment with an all-day café-style menu offering breakfast, elevenses, lunch and their cracking weekend brunch menu. Cross fingers for good weather this weekend, as the restaurant boasts a garden terrace hidden away at the back of the restaurant on the ground floor – perfect for a spot of al fresco brunchin’.
Eat: Highlights from the starters and light bites menu include – chicken liver parfait with caramelised hazelnut, pear and stem ginger compote on toasted ciabatta, crispy duck salad tossed in five spice dressing and topped with pak choi, beansprout and coriander, and tuna carpaccio with spiced avocado, lime crème fraîche and coriander shoots. If you’re after the classic brunch affair, choose from – Eggs Benedict and chips, croque madam with dijon mustard and a fried hen’s egg, griddled buttermilk pancakes topped with smoked streaky sweetcured bacon, blueberries and maple syrup, or the steak and eggs.
Where: 75 High Street, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 5EQ
What: This summer, German Gymnasium is teaming up with House of Voga and King’s Cross Pond, to bring a series of fitness brunches every Saturday morning, starting from this weekend until 17th September. For £30, take part in an energising Voga workout followed by a dip in the Kings Cross Pond before heading to the restaurant for a specially-designed, healthy brunch.
Eat: Kicking the morning off at 10:30am, the poolside Voga class combines the breath-synchronised movement of Yoga with ‘vogueing’ and the expressive moves of dance. Refuel post-workout with a selection of brunch dishes designed to pack a protein and superfood punch, from avocado and poached eggs to coconut and almond milk chia pots. Coffee, tea or a fresh juice is included in the offering in addition to the option to try a refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail, specially created for the fitness brunch by Bar Manager, Fred Tartas. The ‘Voga Mocktail’ is a mix of cucumber, lemongrass, ginger cordial, lime, and apple juice served over crushed ice.
Where: German Gymnasium, 1 Kings Boulevard, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BU
What: Caravan is simply the best place for brunch in London. I’m sorry, but it’s true. If you can’t handle an hour-long waiting time on weekends, the King’s Cross branch is the one. Honestly, everything on the Caravan brunch menu is worth trying, with their new summer brunch dish a delight.
Eat: They do fantastic cornbread, a ton of eggy numbers and sensational porridge with date syrup, dates and banana. Don’t leave without trying the barbeque baked beans with fried eggs, mojo verde, coriander and toast too. Also, the their avocado on toast is heavenly – the combination of avocado and chilli on home-baked sourdough is simply wonderful. The all new sweet potato and cumin waffle served alongside cucumber raita, mango and coconut, shouldn’t work, but believe us – it does.
Where: 1, Granary Building, Granary Square, London N1C 4AA