Not rated for brunch until more recently, this part of London is great if you like your mid-morning poached eggs and smashed avocado. It’s even better if you’re after something a bit different.
The Ivy City Garden
City workers and Ivy fans were in for a treat when a new branch of the chain opened close to Liverpool Street (the next closest is over the river), especially one with a hidden garden under a retractable roof, fully equipped to deal with capricious weather. Even almost two years later, few better options exist for a business-y brunch or weekend feast.
Beany is part of the popular Daisy Green family, where brunch has always been a huge part of the small chain’s DNA. There’s a focus on good coffee (from The Roasting Party), while dishes are often either plant based or slightly left of field, like the Benny Boy Benedict with Parma ham, Comté, sourdough, sauerkraut, poached eggs and lemon hollandaise.
Brunch has always had a special place on the menu at Caravan. Speaking of menus, it’s a long one, with pork belly with kimchi pancakes, fried jalapeno cornbread, buttermilk vanilla hotcakes, and the rest. Much like Beany, coffee is an integral part of the operation with their own roasts and blends.
Noodles in the morning may appear as something of a curveball. Not the takeaway sort found at the back of the fridge, mind you. We’re talking house-made udon noodles in a hot or cold broth, with sweet tofu, prawn tempura, or smoked mackerel, should you desire. Yes, for those jaded with the usual toast and pair of eggs set-up, Koya has an answer.
One of The Ned hotels’ eight restaurants, NYC-style deli Zobler’s brunch menu features items from latkes to challah French toast, though they’re keen to draw your attention to the Full English done their own way. It’s a hearty option, featuring fried eggs, pastrami ‘bacon’, beef franks, latkes, mushroom, tomato, cholent, and challah toast.
Another to grace the grandiose Ned, Malibu Kitchen offers a Californian slant on brunch. A good thing too – their acai bowls and sea bass ceviche help bring a bit of colour and vibrance to Bank.
Something’s going on at Bad Egg. Something where the chicken, before being subjected to the fryer, is coated in Doritos for that extra crunch, and where potato hash has a place in their cheeseburger. Here puritanical thinking goes to die, and Bad Egg are irreverently proud of that: it’s all ‘too messy for the sophisticated’, they say.
Two Coppa Club options await you in the City – Tower Bridge and St. Pauls. The latter you may recognise due to the transparent igloos set up beside the Thames in the winter. At both joints, expect all the traditional brunch options, including pancakes, smashed avocado, and Benedicts done every which way.
Bread Street Kitchen
On weekends, brunch is bottomless at Ramsay’s BSK, where the prosecco flows freely. As for food, ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter are a particular highlight, while, for the even more sweet-of-tooth, brunch encompasses some excellent desserts (sticky toffee pudding as first order of the day?).
Another one for the not-so purists, on Saturdays from 11am, Temper serves up steak (rib eye, porterhouse, or T-bone) with pastrami poutine and fried eggs for all those willing. With endless cocktails it’s £40 a head, or a very reasonable £20 without.
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This is a guest post from freelance food journalist Hugh Thomas. He’s contributed to Foodism, Time Out, Great British Chefs, and is part of British Street Food’s small team of vigilant writers. Find him on twitter @hughwrites.