Best Brunch Spots In London
Best Brunch For: A Quick, Rich Fixdish To Order: Fairfax Sandwich
Since it’s opening in July, Eggslut has been showcasing plenty of the twists on its signature Fairfax sandwich (BLT with coddled egg as a spread) that made fans of its Fairfax counter-service spin-off so enthusiastic think the New Classic (smoky cured bacon, caramelised onions and roasted jalapeño) and the special weekend-only Fairfax on Brioche. On this occasion we try steak tartare dressed with a raw egg yolk emulsion, then topped with wasabi tobiko and pea shoots it’s a bit like Japanese beef tartare.
Little to fault here, This Week In London (thisweekinlondon.co.uk). The Fairfax sandwich is a simple but effective beast: it’s two slices of chewy, smokey brioche sandwiching house-smoked streaky bacon with a sunny side up fried egg. The Fairfax itself was the regular starter in the kitchens, and is one of co-founders Alvin Cailan’s personal favourites. “It’s probably my favourite sandwich for eating,” he says. “The bread was meant to be eaten at breakfast or brunch with a fried egg on top.
The combination of eggs and bacon just works really well together. ”. The Fairfax, with fried chicken and cheddar between two slices of brioche, is the best burger I’ve ever had. And to me, that says something, because I love a good burger. But there’s absolutely no meat to be found here: rather than take their name from an American carnivore staple, the team behind Eggslut have decided to take it from the name of their favourite place for brunch in LA (which is saying something — there are a lot of great LA brunches).
Given the proliferation of brunch across the capital, every new addition to the scene needs to bring something different to the table. Eggslut, a mini-chain for fans of American Southeast’s fried chicken, does just that. Although all three locations are open for breakfast and lunch, it’s brunchtime that puts them on the map all weekend long and well into the evening. You’d be forgiven if you thought Eggslut was forever branded as a sort of California food truck.
But this hip Asian diner is now making regular appearances on British and European soil. The extension is due to open in 2020. People can also walk from Heathrow Airport Central underground station (and Piccadilly line) and a high-speed train service to London Paddington station is under construction. Set yourself a goal and try to reach it in the fastest time possible. Good luck. Access to the northernmost apron is restricted entirely to emergency vehicles.
Best Brunch For: An Italian Start To The Weekend
Italian brunch? It might sound like a contradiction in terms – the Anglo-Saxon comfort of pancakes and scrambled eggs combined with the fussiness of Italian food – but Rener’s take is novel and delicious. The original idea was breakfast from an Italian deli: pastries, cured meat, cheese, soppressata, olives and hard-boiled eggs given a little colour with herbs and spices. And some more substantial dishes: an excellent spinach-and-ricotta frittata; a warming bowl of chickpea minestrone; and porchetta served with baked beans.
Best Brunch For: Eggs Every Way
Breakfast and brunch offerings are left unstated on the menu, but while the food is certainly from-scratch its a bit of a mixed bag: the baked eggs are a highlight, served as they should be, in individual dishes over crispy bacon, melting leeks and runny yolks; less successful is the salt cod fritter topped with poached egg. But whether its cooked or not, my favourite thing about Eggs every way is that it takes brekkie seriously: Theres no sign of avocado toast or toast at all here.
The menu hits all the usual brunch-time notes, offering avocado toast, sourdough waffles and poached eggs. And its no-reservations policy is a departure from the reservation culture that’s creeping southwards from Crouch End. So what do you get? The food is simple and well executed, the coffee produced by Siemonsma has a good zing to it, and there are plenty of places to sit and relax – even outside – during milder months. Milne is a big name in Australia, having worked at several of Ozs most revered venues – including the Sydney roastery Five Senses.
Best Brunch For: Exotic Flavoursthe Dish To Order: Traditional Turkish Menemen
When it comes to the cuisines of the Middle East, I'm a practitioner not a connoisseur. But for brunch I'll happily make an exception. There are two very good reasons why Brits tend not to get Turkish food. First, it isn't widely available in our corner of the world. And second, we're wedded to bagels and black pudding for breakfast, which is kind of my point really: why aren't there more dining options in a country that has no shortage of excellent restaurants? Turkey has such deliciousness on its own shores, and if only we were given the chance to discover it.
Oh well, next time I'll be sure to book a ticket there before making plans for any weekend meal. The word brunch might conjure up images of sausages, bacon and eggs, but there are other equally good things you can do with a fried egg — in particular if its Turkish. Menemen is the breakfast of choice for many Turks: soft-boiled eggs are gently scrambled with chopped peppers, chilli and tomatoes seasoned with salt, freshly ground black pepper and breadcrumbs and served with slices of feta cheese and olive oil-drizzled toasted lavas bread (a type of Turkish flatbread).
Best Brunch For: Feel-Good Live Music And Southern Soul Foodthe Dish To Order: Short Ribs Benedict
Spring has sprung in New Orleans, and what better way to celebrate than by joining the Sunday Gospel Brunch at Red Rooster Harlem. This weekly tradition returns with delectable cuisine from Chef Marcus Samuelsson, a lively soundtrack of live music by The John G. Rayfield Baptist Heritage vocalists and more. Whether youre dropping in for the occasion or planning your first visit to the Southern soul food restaurant, here are our top five reasons to catch this uplifting Sunday event.
The fried chicken has a crispy, light, crunchy slaw on top that's bound to make you holler hallelujah! The shrimp and grits is a creamy dream. The short ribs Benedict the meatiest, most delicious rendition of the classic. Even the classic eggs benny has a perfectly runny yolk great for dipping into the accompanying grits-based gravy or for soaking up with a biscuit. The last Sunday of every month, this Harlem eatery transports guests into a gospel infused, church-like setting with a full band and a fully stocked bar.
The decor is outfitted with modern twists on otherwise traditional African American home decor, including mini chandeliers and white picket style fences. I could go on and on about the all-you-can-drink champagne, the live gospel music from the Most Wanted Band, the general air of happiness and positive energy that fills up every corner of this joint, but I won’t. Short story: If you want to have a really good time this Saturday morning, GO TO THIS BRUNCH.
A seated gospel brunch at this Union Square eatery stars soulful singers accompanied by organ, piano, and drums. A buffet offers tastes of Southern-style soul food classics such as fried chicken, cornbread, grits, and greens. Your final countenance will be a joyful rendition of Amazing Grace. You may not be into sharing your eggs in the morning (or indeed, at all), but trust me on this one. With Brittney Nickels, he opened Melbourne’s Lazybones (“the best coffee in town” said Good Food) and now, with Siemonsma, has created an industrial-chic spot they hope will become a new destination for Londoners.
Best Brunch For: Fusion Flavours
There is a brunch cocktail on offer at the Pantry, but I will resist. Instead I order a go-to cold brew with plenty of ice while I attempt to decide what to eat for my main course. The breakfast and lunch menus are displayed on an old newspaper (I think it's quoting the original London Evening Standard too) which is fun and kitsch, but not necessarily very practical when you want to see what's actually on offer.
A few minutes pass and no one comes to take our order so I approach the bar and place two orders for myself and my dining partner who is working her way through a long list of pancakes. By the time we’ve sat down again, our food has appeared…. Modern Pantry is a collaboration from the trio behind the Old Yard and Wild Honey. Head chef Daniel Doherty nods to his northern Irish roots with a small but smart menu of Sunday roasts, there is a 10-strong à la carte menu of refined but inflected dishes focused on seasonal ingredients and a brunch offering with influences drawn from all across the globe.
They’re the results of what Doherty terms ‘research trips’ made from afar, to learn how restaurants in other countries deal with produce. Arriving for brunch with friends, I was immediately drawn to the small dishes of a wide variety of fusion flavours – sweetcorn with miso, whisky-baked figs, green curry. It felt like Christmas dinner for my taste buds. The Modern Pantry is a firm favourite with Londoners, who flock here for breakfast and brunch on weekends.
Best Brunch For: Hungry Brunchers In A New York State Of Mindthe Dish To Order: Almond Waffles
With the Financial district of London just across the river, Balthazar is the perfect place to enjoy decadent cocktails and delectable French cuisine. Serving European classics such as foie gras, escargots and gooey desserts with an American-style French twist, this breakfast and lunch heaven is enough to make anyone hungry for more. Whether you're after a classic New York breakfast or a great steak and frites dinner, the menu is up to scratch at London's Balthazar.
This restaurant by Keith McNally has now become an established part of London’s dining scene and retains its relaxed buzz of a New York dining experience. When it comes to brunches in London, come on people, we all know the deal. You gotta hot spot to check out for the best quality and deals. While you might be tempted to try the trendier spots, delve a little deeper into the locale for some of the best value, booze, food and music.
Best Brunch For: Jerusalem-Style Sharing Plates The Dish To Order: Babka
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Goodman is just another new brunch place in Covent Garden. And you’d be wrong. You see, this isn’t your typical brunch shack, serving up eggs and bacon alongside big 40 oz mimosas. Instead, Goodman serves up a more dinnertime-like menu. This means sharing plates of Eastern European inspired dishes like house-cured herring with red onion crème fraiche and rye bread or a massive slow-cooked beef brisket with root vegetable hash browns and horseradish.
It also means babka. Between the five of us, we got to sample the large spread of breakfast dishes and everything was terrific. The best part of the meal was having a babka cut in half and smeared with avocado, which paired nicely with the solid beetroot bagel. Dont skip on their famous hamentashen (known as jam tam) a traditional Eastern European Jewish pastries, which are made daily in house and filled with apricot and walnut.
The brunch menu is excellent. But you'll also have to exercise some serious willpower, as the babkas are baked fresh daily and are really very good. Made in the traditional Jewish style, as a celebration bread enriched with nuts and honey, but taking inspiration from all over the world, founder Adam Panter has been selling these throughout London for years. Israeli-born husband and wife team Chaim and Tamy Paltiel run this comforting small plates and brunch mecca.
Best Brunch For: Middle-Eastern Flavours
Let me introduce you to Rovi. It’s a tester for Ottolenghi’s second, and smaller restaurant: Nopi. Like it’s sibling in Embankment, London, it’s a vegetarian brassiere with small plates served from an open kitchen and both use seasonal ingredients from British farms. Unlike Nopi, the décor is minimal; this is not for the twee crowd that adores the latter (meant meanly). White walls are hung with simple sketches of veggies and chalkboards list the meat-free dishes of the day.
So, there we were at 10. 30am on a sunny Sunday morning in early autumn, with an invitation to try the brunch menu and a promise that if we didnt like it we could go somewhere else. We were expecting a small selection of breakfasty comfort food along the lines of his first restaurant, Nopi (which is great for lunch) but instead were presented with several pages of Middle-Eastern-inspired dishes made for sharing under the heading "Rovi Brunch".
Within a month of Rovi's opening we were sitting at a table sipping on some rather potent (but delicious) cocktails and nibbling on the beetroot labneh and other mezze. The low lighting, belly dancers, violins and naan crisps all added to the Middle-Eastern atmosphere. Great brunch menus are hard to find. And if, like me, youre a fan of Middle Eastern flavours, theres often even less choice. Fortunately, Rovis menu is packed with incredible dishes inspired by Ottolengis travels that tick both boxes.
Situated on Macclesfield Street in Fitzrovia, right next to The Royal George pub (where the cocktails are worth a visit alone) Rovi makes its entrance through a heavy iron door, putting you on edge for what's inside. They have a knack for cooking up Godfather-style ’nduja sausages, oversize scotch eggs topped with béarnaise sauce, babka French toast, and the only spinach dish youll order when the suns out (its crispy and comes with an egg).
Best Brunch For: Simple, Delicious Brunch Plates
My current place of residence is the Haggerston area of London, which naturally means that my postcode has been counted as part of the Shoreditch area. I happen to live on the slightly less cool end of Haggerston, however — a place where you are more likely to see a father walking his dog and families out for a Sunday brunch than hungry clubbers looking for pre-party food. The staff are friendly and the food is very good.
Best Brunch For: The Best Bottomless Brunch With Boozethe Dish To Order: Bottomless Bellinis; Eggs Benedict
At Sundays, the Michelin-starred restaurant becomes a buzzing bar serving up the brunch menu from sister spot St Martins Lane. The space is zoned into several different areas; breakfast is served in the restaurant while cake is handed out on the street. The dishes are small plates, which make it perfect for sharing over a couple of cocktails. Enjoy a selection of inventive combinations like seared cuttlefish with goat’s curd and capers or smoked duck with farmhouse ricotta pancakes followed by a cocktail like The Botanist with pear puree, Cointreau and bitters.
Loved by the locals for its bottomless Bellini brunch as well as its dishes – which are anything but typical – this little gem is always buzzing and always busy. And rightly so, because it will only set you back a mere £25 for an all-you-can-drink breakfast. It’s pretty much impossible to choose just one option from the menu there’s shakshuka, waffles with ricotta and honeycomb, eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce and chorizo, Greek-style yogurt with homemade granola so opt for unlimited Bellinis instead.
What we say: 'It’s a popular brunch spot among my friends and it’s not hard to see why. Bubbly cocktails, delicious food, bottomless drinks — what more could you ask for on a Sunday morning?'(cited from the original article). The decor is artfully mismatched, with older mismatched plates, some new wooden tables and a mix of vintage chairs to compliment the old walls of this warehouse space. If you're looking for an easy going place to kickstart your weekend, this is the spot.
Best Brunch For: Treat Days Without The Guilt
There are some words you might have expected to see in this blog post: best, healthy, vegan, gluten-free, local. Those words are all important, and ultimately true about what Battersea Rise offers. The restaurant is focused on local ingredients and high-quality products, especially the In Good Taste infusions. From the naturally-developed marinade blends to green powders and cold-pressed juices — these flavorful supplements will add a kick to your meal. There’s no bread with the dishes but when you order a salad be sure to request a slice of their sourdough or gluten-free bread.
So much is going on in this bowl I’m reeling. The egg and hollandaise sauce have been properly cooked (OK, so I was a bit harsh on the Star of Bethnal Green last week, but no one can get it right every time). On top of that there are chunks of gluten-free bread; slow-cooked pork belly (which I find too often they do my pork shoulder); crunchy watercress; and an expertly deep-fried sunny-side up egg.
This is a feast fit for someone with unlimited time and money. Handmade Big Daddy doughnuts served with lemon ricotta, poached eggs and Persian feta; soft yoghurt and egg in a jar; ‘bananas Foster’ waffles with banana ice cream and salted caramel sauce. Brunch cocktails include rose and prosecco Bellinis, Bloody Marys flavoured with ginger, lemon sherbet or watermelon, and bellinis made with fresh figs. The clientele, style and vibe are always changing which makes the decor feel even fresher and more modern.
Best Brunch For: Urban-Cool Middle Eastern Flavoursthe Dish To Order: Shikshukit 2.0
Middle Eastern food is characterised by the likes of hummus, babaganoush and an array of veg-heavy mezze dishes. This mezzah (as it were), however, goes a bit beyond that. Alongside some classic dishes like halloumi and eggplant dip and babaganoush, youll find plenty of other strong flavours from across the region. For those looking for non-egg brunch options, theyve pulled off the rare trick in a breakfast sandwich situation of still making it feel like a treat.
Both the lamb sausage and fried egg are swapped with fried halloumi and sour dough. Its not exclusively vegetarian either; alongside the eggs, there are also tasty kofta balls from Gruner left. Dishes are designed to be shared and include a range of meats, seafood and vegetables cooked in Middle Eastern spices. Breakfast is served until 5pm on weekends (4pm on weekdays), meaning you can linger over shakshuka (eggs poached in a rich tomato-pepper sauce), feta fritters or salmon with basil and saffron houmous before facing the rigours of an early shift.
There are also post-brunch plans to open a courtyard for alfresco dining from June, while nearby station hot spot The Jam Factory has just opened its doors, making it increasingly tempting to take the longer lunch option. Located on Regents Canal, newly opened, and already a juggernaut amongst London brunch-lovers, Coal Drops Yard prides itself on its innovative Middle Eastern inspired fare. Its latest joint venture with Assaf Granit (of Maze at Madison square garden) is more than just another juicy slab of meat 'n'eggs though: clever twists on shakshuka eggs (Shikshukit 2.
0) and seafood-feast classics (the coal oysters) make this a brunch destination worth getting out of bed for. A carefully crafted spread of small plates, shakshuka (coal-fired eggs poached in a tomato sauce baked in the oven, and served with toasted sourdough) and traditional Middle Eastern bread / yoghurt dishes. The red shakshuka is generously spiced with harissah, and the chunky quinoa adds a nice texture. The houmus takes centre stage at this table, with an addictive tahini-yogurt dressing great for scooping into soft pittas.
Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell
The way they’ve taken what was originally an alleyway and a car park – the only good bit of Clerkenwell that wasn’t old or new-build flats – is fantastic. Their selection is often tasty – the chilli scrambled eggs on sourdough are particularly good. In fact, as long as you’re not fussy about a fry-up the whole range seems pretty good. Although they always feature different breakfasts there is always the full English, a bacon sandwich and a scrambled egg on toast.
There is also a small but decent array of lunch options to keep you going for another afternoon. The Modern Pantry is a big bright space, divided into zones of workstations, table seating and the kitchen – so that everyone feels like they have some ownership of the space. It’s minimal but relaxed, and because it still has that industrial warehouse feel from its previous incarnation as a 1940s lorry garage, you might walk into the main area and feel like you didn’t need to book ahead.
But booking will give you peace of mind: this place gets busy at weekends. One time, on the plane back from a long trip to Tokyo, I was served Japanese sweets that looked like fish. The two designers of Modern Pantry, Eri Takase and Shinya Terakawa, have made their restaurant look like an aquarium. You pick your fish, then they cook it for you. The slick tiles behind the counter don’t belittle the menu here, which is created by Bompas & Parr’s Hannah Sale.
The same attention goes into constructing the dishes with as much love as the thought that has clearly gone into curating this collection of loveliness. The Modern Pantry is a pop-up cafe, and in this part of town — sandwiched between the security gates of Bank and those of the Royal Courts of Justice — there aren’t many places where you can get a decent coffee, much less a turn-your-llife-around brunch. It runs the gamut of omelettes and hashes, to granola and eggs benedict.
The Dish To Order: Ricotta Pancakes
The latter is an Israeli dish of poached eggs in a spicy, tomato-based sauce with peppers. At Kitchen Table, it's served in a cast iron skillet to share, and the soft egg yolks break into the creamy sauce when you stir the dish. The rucola salad on top adds freshness to the dish, along with a sprinkling of lemon. By the time I've finished, I'm feeling far more prepared for the day (or my meeting) than if I'd had a granola bar or cereal at my desk.
The ricotta pancakes are an experience to remember. A modest portion of two giant thick pancakes topped with a swirl of ricotta cheese and served with sweet berry compote might not seem like much, but the flavour, texture and uniqueness make this dish stand out. They serve the pancakes on ceramic plates — another nice touch. Ricotta pancakes with fresh berry compote and maple syrup are the perfect weekend treat. So dreamy and delicious, we recommend ordering two portions.
The pancakes are fluffy on the inside while the outside has a slight crispiness to it. When mixed with the sweet berries, it is a match made in heaven. But when it came to introducing a Middle Eastern flavour to the establishment, Dixons wasnt content with just another schwarma. The menu features some classics (hummus) alongside innovative twists (beetroot hummus), and, where appropriate, the ingredients have been matched exquisitely with what Kings Cross has grown to love.
The Good Egg, Soho
Okay, I’ll admit it: I hate eggs. But at their Stoke Newington bakery and in several of their other establishments around the city, The Good Egg know how to make them interesting and tasty. When I first heard The Good Egg was creating a new menu just for Kingly Court, I wasn’t so excited. Then I went to eat there at the weekend and discovered that they created a whole new menu based on brioche-like breads.