Top 5: Ways to Eat Brunch in London This WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
Think of us as your emergency brunch hotline – here to help solve your brunch dilemmas. If you’re looking for new brunch menus to try in London this weekend, we’ve found some crackers. And London’s first brunch bao…
What: French restaurant Le Pont de la Tour have given their brunch menu a rejig. Featuring everything from luxury classics (big love for the truffled scrambled eggs) to the show stopping Fruits de Mer (a two tier extravaganza of seafood), grab two courses for £24.50 or three courses for £29.50. Come for brunch, but stay for the views.
Eat: There’s loads of choice on offer, and if you’re a lover of eggs – you’re in good hands. Yolk delights include poached egg with stilton, pancetta, and walnut and truffle dressing; avocado and poached eggs on toast; and eggs Benedict. For a sweet bite, try the crepe topped with summer berries and vanilla crème fraiche; or the French toast, loaded with streaky bacon, blueberries and maple syrup. And if you need something on the filling side, try the grass fed beef hamburger or the Cornish Blonde skate with meuniere sauce.
Where: 6D Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
What: There’s good reason to visit Cocotte in Hoxton this weekend: the restaurant has just launched a new bottomless Bloody Mary brunch menu. Cocoette may be known for its farm to table chicken rotisserie, but the new brunch menu is brimming with all the early morning greats. And alcoholic libations.
Eat: Dishes include: truffled wild mushrooms and organic eggs – shiitake, oyster mushrooms, truffle, parmesan infused with rosemary and egg on toasted whole grain bread; ratatouille served with poached eggs (a sort of shakshuka mash-up); and avocado on toast topped with lime juice and chives. And for baked goods, an assortment of pain au chocolat, croissants and apricot tarts are also available.
Where:8 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
What: Christopher’s has a new vegan superfood brunch selection on offer available across the weekend. Even if you’re a carnivore, you’ll enjoy it. Trust us on this one.
Eat: Highlights on the vegan brunch menu include buckwheat pancakes served with cinnamon dust, goji berry compote and maple syrup; alongside Portobello mushroom, aubergine caviar and red onion, on toasted walnut bread. Lighter options also feature coconut and almond milk panna cotta with lavender poached pears; or fresh fruit salad topped with blood orange sorbet.
Where: 18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden , London WC2E 7DD
What: Autumn may be on the horizon, but fear not, as The Frog Hoxton’s new brunch menu has arrived just in time to brighten up your Saturdays. Recently launched, the restaurant now offers a deliciously innovative take on brunch. From 10am – 3pm every Saturday, Chef Adam Handling and his team have turned their critically-acclaimed talents to the nation’s beloved mealtime.
Eat: Dishes include potato bread with fried egg and smoky chorizo jam, or an entirely vegan option of cashew cheese, mushrooms and TMT – a dressing made using fermented turmeric, miso and tahini. Not one to disappoint, The Frog Hoxton even has their own, decidedly more exciting version of avocado on toast, which has been taken up a notch and topped with dukkah and harissa.
Where: 45-47 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PD
What: On a rooftop in Canary Wharf, there’s a new way to brunch. Say so long to smashed avocado on toast and get ready for Yum Bun’s Brunch Bun – the capital’s first ever brunch-inspired bao. Heroic.
Eat: The pillowy soft bao are lightly toasted with a slice of gouda, stuffed with either shredded ham hock or Portobello mushrooms, topped with a crispy breadcrumbed soft boiled egg and a squeeze of mustard mayo. Great with the fiery Schuchu Bloody Mary special made with kimchi brine, wasabi and shiso.
Where: Giant Robot, Garden Level, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5AR