Post dry-Jan failure (I fell at the first weekend) and craving a quieter more productive weekends, i’ve been hero’ing brunch and stepping around the booze. London’s brunch menus are growing and becoming ever more daring having learnt a thing or two from NYC. Here are five London brunch joints which I have picked based on their unique offers.
CARAVAN – a brunch with a creative New Zealand influence in Exmouth Market
If All Saints designed a restaurant, it’d look like Caravan – beaten up & broken, whilst in fact – brand new & actually rather expensive. Caravan’s brunch menu is intriguing; with salt pork welsh rarebit, spied aubergine with goats cheese and butternut squash, and ham hock hash with honey mustard hollandaise. They’re also specialists in the coffee field, complete with an on-site roastery creating Aribica blends to MATCH the season. Amazing. Pictured: Cornbread French toast, rocket, avocado & paprika maple syrup – sublime. Read my full review of Caravan here.
GRAIN STORE – a health-conscious bruncher’s dream, Kings Cross
The Bruno Loubet curated menu here is beaming with exotic combinations of fresh vegetables, whole grains and organic protein. Two dishes which sum up their experimental healthy menu: ‘Quinoa granola with olive oil & fennel pollen, goat’s yoghurt’ and ‘the Seeded scone with Vegemite whipped butter, herb fromage frais, smoked salmon & scrambled eggs’ (WOW).
KOYA BAR – for the exact opposite of a traditional English, Soho
As long as you are in London, you will not find a remotely similar breakfast to the menu served at Koya, with it’s hard-core, no nonsense Japanese menu. It wouldn’t be an millimeter out of place in the heart of Tokyo, and you’ll be quite surprised at how the Koreans brunch. For me the best dish was the ‘Kedgeree’ Porridge with smoked haddock, poached egg and curry.’ And the ‘Kinoko’ – Porridge with mushrooms was really quite a shock. You will not forget brunch at Koya. Pictured: The ‘Full English’! Read my full review of Koya Bar here.
SPICE MARKET – PRACTICED AND PERFECTED IN New York, Soho
Spice Market was born in New York, so it’s no wonder that it does brunch with such finesse. The classics have a twist on them: scrambled egg for example, is done up with Rosti’s and spiced vegetables, while pancakes are topped with coconut cream and salted caramel and bacon comes glazed with palm sugar. Or you can choose the more traditional breakfast buffet for just £18 including delicious juices & coffee.
ANDINA – Peruvian soul food in Shoreditch
Martin Morales’s Andina, brings a distinctly Andean perspective to brunch. It’s modelled on the remote ‘picanterias’ of the Peruvian Andes: little local restaurants that serve regional soul food. Dishes like Kiwicha Porridge with amaranth, golden berries, figs, and purple corn syrup and Chicharron roll, which marries confit pork, Amarillo chilli sauce, sweet potato ketchup and salsa, provide just the right start to an colourful morning.
Make the most of your morning and hunt down your favourite brunch spots in London, i’d love to hear about them.