About Time: You Ate All the French ToastBy Angelica Malin
Life is short. Life is sweet. In the spirit of Pudding Week, here’s 7 ways to eat French Toast in London this weekend:
The Toast: French toast with ham, mature cheddar & honey mustard (£6.2)
The Vibe: Relaxed, cool spot for sandwiches, coffee and cake, made in-house with ethical ingredients; Foxcroft and Ginger is a great for a catch-up with friends. They’re famous for their ‘Cruffin’ – a combination between a croissant, muffin and doughnuts – so naughty, so nice.
Where: Berwick Street Market, 3 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR
The Toast: Brioche French toast caramelised apples, cinnamon cream (£9)
The Vibe: With branches throughout London, you can get your french toast fix quick and easily at Tom’s Kitchen. We love the Chelsea branch; a former pub, turned light-and-airy brasserie, it serves a cracking all-day menu as well as snazzy weekend brunch delights, like crushed avocado on toast and superfood granola.
Where: 27 Cale Street, London SW3 3QP
The Toast: French toast, fresh caramelised red plums, bananas (£8.90)
The Vibe: Again, branches all over London – but the Soho one gets super busy, so I love the West London branches. They do incredible gluten-free chocolate granola made with quinoa and made their own coconut yogurt (dairy-free) in store. Don’t leave without a box of their incredible chocolate truffles, and try the honey cake – inspired by the Russian owners’ roots, it’s the creamiest, most delicious cake in town. Grab the breakfast menu at the Brompton Road location to get your French Toast fix.
Where: 243 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2EP
The Toast: Brioche French toast, apple, hibiscus, smoked toffee (£10)
The Vibe: Seasonal, locally sourced British cuisine in a shabby-chic brasserie with a waterside terrace. Rosie Londoner likes it. I like it. Come for the brioche, don’t leave without trying the Pork Hash creation.
Where: Ransomes Dock Restaurant, 35-37 Parkgate Rd, London SW11 4NP
The Toast: Spiced banana French toast, grilled bacon, orange blossom Labne, tamarind raisin relish, orange vanilla syrup (£10)
The Vibe: Fantastic all-day cafe for brunch and inventive small plates for lunch and dinner. Quirky food, awesome atmosphere and the best Black Sesame granola you’ll ever bloody taste. Get a Raspberry Yuzu smoothie while you’re there.
Where: 32-34 Seven Dials, London WC2H 9HA
The Toast: Brioche French toast with blood orange, dark chocolate cheesecake, toasted almond brittle crumb, blood orange syrup and candied blood orange
The Vibe: An independent cafe near Wandsworth Common, this has become a local hangout for the trendy weekend brunch crowd. With unusual Eggs Benedict and wacky creations, their menu is really fantastic and has all the locals raving about it. French toast heaven.
Where: 4 Bellevue Parade, Wandsworth, United Kingdom
The Toast: French toast with maple agave and streaky bacon (£7.50)
The Vibe: Easy drop in Mexican joint that have locations dotted around London. No nonsense food and decor, makes Wahaca a favourite weekend breakfast spot. Available at their breakfast menu at Oxford Circus, this dish is total heaven with perfectly cooked bacon and sweet, delicious Agave.
Where: 26-28 Great Portland Street London W1W 8QT