Top 5: Ways to Eat Brunch in London this WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
Not all brunches are created equal. Some are dainty and delicate, some are full-throttle hangover-busting carb-fests, some are woozy and booze-sodden affairs. Luckily for the indecisive souls among you, we’ve picked out the top five ways to brunch this week:
What: The Berlin brünch is back for its first event of 2016 at the beautifully restored Brewer’s Bar in Dalston. Grab one of those machinists’ chairs and sit at the marble butchers counters in this unique space to enjoy the best of Berlin brünch.
Eat: Berlin at its best – feast on a selection of cold meats and cheeses, some tasty home-made smoked mackerel pâté, fresh fruit and home-made granola with German quark. On top of that, you get unlimited fresh sourdough and bottomless filter coffee, all locally sourced from independent artisan producers and suppliers. New items on the menu include home-made almond butter to slather over that sourdough and for dessert, indulge in those signature Berliner waffles with warm Nutella.
Where: Sunday 28 February – 2:30pm – 4:30pm. Brewer’s Bar, 77 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, E8 2EB. Tickets here
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 last year. By night, the restaurant dishes up unbelievable Japanese and grill dishes, while on Sundays they roll out their new two course brunch menu.
Eat: For the first course, M Victoria Street has stuck to the brunch classics. The avocado is served on rye bread, topped with feta cheese, tomatoes and pomegranate seeds – it’s seriously good. The granola with yogurt and berries is also a winner as is the smoked trout with pickles and bread. For the second course, the fry up has been reinvented with chorizo sausage and duck eggs, while scrambled eggs have been paired with pork belly and goat’s curd. Try their burger for the ultimate meat fest. We’re always down for a two course brunch.
Where: 3 Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria St, London SW1E 6SQ
What: If you haven’t already visited Kopapa at the weekend, where have you been? They’re by no means the new kids on the block when it comes to brunch – they’re the experts. You can’t beat the wonderful and wacky fusion cooking at Kopapa. Dare we say it, they roll out one of the best brunches in London.
Eat: We say: eat all the brunch, such as spiced banana French toast with grilled bacon, orange blossom labne, tamarind raisin relish and their hot-smoked salmon, with poached eggs, spinach and yuzu hollandaise. If there’s one dish to order it’s their legendary Turkish eggs – two poached eggs with whipped yogurt, hot chilli butter and sourdough. This dish is rich, decadent and totally delicious. Their bread, made by hand every day, is worth travelling for alone.
Where: 32-34 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HAh
What: Kingly Court is fast becoming a destination not just for a quick dinner, but a place you can spend a good few hours at come the weekend. Whyte and Brown found on the first floor is notorious for their chicken and eggs dishes, but it’s their brunch menu that keeps us returning time and time again.
Eat: If you’re nursing a sore head and an empty stomach the full English is a corker. They also serve their take on shakshuka with feta and avocado in a spicy tomato, red pepper and onion sauce with sourdough. Their bacon and fried egg in a brioche bun with rocket and W&B tomato relish is a posh take on a bacon bap. If you’re wanting to feel healthy, swerve the hot dishes and choose between the chia seed and Greek yoghurt with berries and granola, or the oat and chia porridge with cinnamon, banana, pecans and honey. Their berry boost smoothie is epic.
What: Eastway Brasserie is an NYC inspired brasserie of the Liverpool Street’s uber-trendy 5* Andaz Hotel. It’s designed to whisk hungry punters to The Big Apple’s swish East Village, whilst simultaneously plying them with some insanely tempting brunch dishes.
Eat: There’s an in-house bakery churning out fresh and fantastic breads and pastries, a selection of angelic juices and smoothies, and a not-so-virtuous Bloody Mary bar. Try the love it or ate it’ chicken: confit chicken legs glazed with Marmite and spices, lying atop a rosemary and bacon waffle. And yes, it does taste as good as it sounds. For something different, order the eggs on Brick Lane – soft poached eggs with mild curried potatoes on a dosa pancake served with crushed smoked tomato chutney.