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by Alicia Grimshaw and Angelica Malin, The Daily Telegraph, May 14, 2015
Fancy quinoa waffles, bacon naan or unlimited milkshakes for breakfast? We reveal London's quirkiest - and best - brunch spots. Come hungry...
Whether you're tucking into towers of pancakes, lashings of Hollandaise sauce or trusty fry-up, there’s nothing a good brunch can’t solve. If you’re bored of Eggs Benedict, however, here are some fantastic unusual brunch offerings in London.
Fancy a breakfast with an Indian twist? This Bombay-inspired cafe serves up everything from street snacks like bacon and egg naan to warming bowls of banana chai porridge. If you’re a spice lover, go for their ‘Akuri’ (£6.90) - spicy scrambled eggs with chilli and onion - or The Big Bombay (£11.50), an Indian take on a Full English with masala baked beans. Come early on a Sunday morning for sugar cane juice and a buzzy atmosphere.
12 Upper St. Martin’s Lane, London, WC2H 9FB and other locations. dishoom.com
For the serious meat lovers, Hawksmoor ticks all the boxes. Not for the faint hearted, their brunch sharing platter (priced at £35 for two people to share) is a feast of meaty delights including grilled bone marrow, short rib bubble and squeak, three-meat sausages and unlimited toast. Voted one of the best breakfasts in London, it’s absolutely massive - come hungry.
10 Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 5BQ and other locations. thehawksmoor.com/
If you want a little South American kick to your brunch, Pachamama’s breakfast menu takes inspiration from traditional Andean dishes, but executes them with British flair. Think dishes like quinoa waffles with Devonshire clotted cream and bacon syrup (£11), baked eggs with hot avocado or spinach (£10) and beef short rib porridge with Peruvian kimchi and Burford Brown egg (£12). Don’t leave without trying one of their chilli-infused Pisco Sour cocktails (£7).
18 Thayer Street, London W1U 3JY. pachamamalondon.com
Bringing a touch of the Mediterranean to London, OPSO is renowned for their Greek sharing plates and quirky brunch menu - think Earl Grey-infused rice porridge with orange jelly (£5) and homemade brioche with chocolate praline spread (£4). If snails and chips with bacon and vinegar isn’t your thing for brunch, try the ‘Strapatsada’ scrambled eggs with feta (£8) - a winner every time.
10 Paddington Street, London W1U 5QL, opso.co.uk
Forget having a fry-up: this trendy Notting Hill hangout prides itself on serving healthy, nutritious and wholesome raw vegan food. Their brunch menu is concise with only a few options, but each dish is packed full of flavour. For something savoury, try the zucchini crepe with tomato relish, spinach and caramelised onions (£8.50), and for the sweet-toothed fans, walnut pancakes with banana ice cream and nut anise crumble (£7.50)
110 Talbot Road, London W11 1JR, namafoods.com
The signature brunch dish at the 5* Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street is confit chicken legs with Marmite (£15). If you're not brave enough for that, there's plenty of other indulgences that merge global cuisines: everything from New York-inspired cheddar and blackberry Blintez (£7), to Eggs on Brick Lane - soft poached eggs with curry potatoes on Dosa pancake with smoked tomato chutney (£12).
40 Liverpool Street, London EC2M 7QN, london.liverpoolstreet.andaz.hyatt.com
Rum and breakfast doesn't sound like a great idea , but this cool Jamaican-inspired hangout does it really, really well. If you’re sick of the Full English, try the Jamicanme Breakfast (£9.50) with pulled pork, spicy sausage, eggs, tomato, beans, mushrooms and toast. Nothing says Hair of the Dog like a rum and coke, right?
1st Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho, London and other locations, therumkitchen.com
Flesh and Buns
For an Asian twist on brunch, try the popular Sunday morning fixture at Flesh and Buns, which includes unlimited hot dishes, a cocktail on arrival and unlimited prosecco, red or white wine. They serve a range of hot and cold Asian dishes alongside their signature steamed buns, and you can finish on a sweet note with a dessert for the table. It's brunch reimagined as a three-course meal (£36 without booze, £49 with booze).
41 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LX, bonedaddies.com
The elegant food at Pont Street is crying out for an Instagram. Sophie Mitchell creates stunning seasonal dishes at this Mayfair all-day dining spot with a total finesse sometimes lacking in breakfast menus. There are lots of healthy options like dairy-free porridge and ‘Liver Cleansing’ beetroot juice, while their Arabic Breakfast of Ful Medames, zatar and labneh (£18.50) will keep you going all day. It’s not all virtuous though: the take on a Snickers bar with peanut butter mousse (£6.50) is a delicious and quirky weekend treat.
20 Chesham Place, London, SW1X 8HQ. pontst.com
If Duck and Waffle is too hectic for your liking, Sky Garden is great for brunch with a view. Thirty-six floors up at the Walke Talkie, it offers an unlimited breakfast buffet for £38 per person with several eccentric options, such as a Milkshake Bar and DIY Bloody Mary bar. Enjoy being let loose at the dessert buffet, with all the berry waffles, fresh doughnuts and ice cream your heart desires.
20 Fenchurch Street London EC3M 3BY, skygarden.london
RECIPES FROM TOP LONDON BRUNCH SPOTS
If you'd rather eat at home (and let's face it, probably in your bed), these recipes are the perfect start to a weekend.
Alicia and Angelica write for abouttimemagazine.co.uk/
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