London Brunch Fest
London Brunch Fest is back for a second year. Within Old Truman Brewery there will be coffee, booze, workshops, talks, music and loads of food. Guests can wander around the marketplace and sample all things brunch related, from smoothies to juices, teas from around the world, granolas, yogurts, pastries and more. Shakshuka Sundays, the Middle Eastern brunch series, will be curating music all weekend and there will be a headline performance from resident DJ, Ari Houmous. New for 2019 is an area called Sweet Street: a whole room dedicated to desserts. Expect doughnuts, brownies, ice-cream, boozy lollies and pies.
91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6QR; 31st August-1st September
The Coal Shed
The Coal Shed’s new brunch revives the retro classic ‘surf ‘n’ turf’, bringing the restaurant’s seaside roots from the shores of Brighton to the bank of the Thames. Every Saturday, expect an absolute spread, which includes a 500g Himalayan salt-aged bone-in sirloin, maple-cured Tamworth bacon chop, smoked black pudding, scallop and pork skewers, tiger prawns and n’duja with mussels. Sides include grilled hispi cabbage, onion rings, beef dripping chips, mac and cheese or a classic fried egg and guests can choose from béarnaise, green peppercorn, salsa verde or Korean BBQ sauce. Bottomless cocktails include Bloody Marys with in-house smoked tomato juice, a breakfast martini or a botanical bellini with prosecco, horseradish, bay laurel and white peach.
Tower Bridge Road, London Bridge, SE1 2UP
Ollie Dabbous’ Hide has launched a lavish brunch menu. Known for its inventive cuisine, Hide received a Michelin star just six months after opening, and his brunch selection offers the same inventive touch. On arrival, guests will be treated to a ripe peach and lime leaf mimosa, created by renowned bar manager Oskar Kinberg. Sharing plates include Porthilly oysters with Amalfi lemon; tempura aubergine served with Thai basil and green peppercorns; and flatbread cooked over charcoal with beetroot hummus and Graceburn creamy cheese. For mains, guests can choose from burrata with ripe tomato, basil and black olive or cured organic salmon, chervil mayonnaise and pickled yellow courgette. Rounding off the menu is a selection of desserts. We like the sound of the summer fruit clafoutis with lavender and crème fraiche or the mango and pandan leaf sundae.
85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NB
Prawn On The Lawn
There’s nothing quite like ringing in a sunny Sunday morning with a Bloody Mary and a good helping of fresh smoked salmon. Thankfully, Islington’s Prawn on the Lawn has launched a seafood brunch every Sunday from 11am-4pm. The restaurant is renowned for serving some of the freshest seafood London has to offer, with fish delivered to the restaurant within 24 hours of being caught off day boats in Cornwall. Alongside classic, Thai and Japanese Bloody Marys, there’s a breakfast twist on a negroni, served with marmalade gin, vermouth, Campari and fresh orange juice. A succinct menu features three brunch plates: smoked salmon with caper berries, garlic crème fraiche and soda bread; crispy prawns with toasted ciabatta, dill yoghurt, poached egg and pickled beetroot; and smoked haddock hash with Thai salad, fried egg and sriracha yoghurt.
292-294 St Paul's Road, Islington, N1 2LH
Rüya has launched its first ever brunch menu, serving contemporary classics with an Anatolian twist. The restaurant’s chef-patron Colin Clague – formerly of Zuma and Caprice Holdings – has created a variety of dishes and accompanying cocktails influenced by various Anatolian regions, stretching from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. Family-style sharing dishes will also feature on the menu for those looking for a more communal experience, including items such as lamb shank clay pot, whole grilled sea bream and 24-hour slow-cooked short rib. When it comes to sides, we like the sound of pilaf pistachio rice with spinach and herbs; and ‘Fire!’ – a house selection of chilli sauce, Turkish chilli peppers and chopped chilli. Those looking for a chilled start to their weekend can opt for brunch on ‘Lazy Saturdays’, which will host weekly DJ slots.
30 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, W1K 7PH
Zela has launched a bottomless brunch, which will run every Sunday from 12-8pm. Opened last year, the kitchen mixes Japanese techniques and flavours with Mediterranean ingredients. Brunch also offers an imaginative mix of dishes and offers a sharing menu for £59pp with bottomless drinks for two hours, including prosecco and bellinis for the table. There will also be a bloody mary bar where guests can create their ideal drink and guest DJs will spin Balearic beats throughout the day. Sharing starters include salty edamame with Spanish salmorejo, sweet miso aubergine, stone bass ceviche and a classic Sushi omakase selection. A choice of mains includes charcoaled salmon with crispy skin, 48-hour wagyu teriyaki, chicken satay skewers with Japanese rice balls, or Thai papaya salad. Dessert is a sharing selection of mousse and ice-cream.
336 – 337 Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 1HA
Last month, east London Chinese-Peruvian restaurant Pachamama East has launched ‘The Brunch Club’ alongside friends from other kitchens. Every other Sunday, exec chef John Javier is joined by some of his favourite chefs from the capital, including Brendan Fong, formerly of Sydney’s lauded Mr Wong, and Budgie Montoya of Filipino BBQ Sarap. The Brunch Club menus are a collaborative effort with Javier, serving a shortened version of his favourite Pachamama brunch dishes alongside one-off brunch specials from each guest chef highlighting their signature flavours. Recent brunch collaborations included Magnus Reid of Legs who served up crab scrambled eggs with pickled chilli, shrimp and garlic bread crumbs – just a flavour of what’s in store over the coming months.
73 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HR
Street food group Pho has launched its first Vietnamese-inspired bottomless brunch. Hosted at Pho St Paul’s, the kitchen will serve up Asian twists on classic breakfast dishes and unlimited refills of select cocktails, prosecco or beer for £25pp. Served from 11am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays, the menu is completely gluten free and will offer dishes including crispy pandan waffles filled with berries, starfruit, condensed milk and maple syrup; a brunch rice bowl with grilled pork belly, soft boiled eggs and crunchy veg; and a punchy vegetarian omelette with sriracha ketchup, Asian herbs and avocado. Guests can opt for a boozed-up caffeine hit with unlimited servings ‘Ca Phe Martini’, a blend of Vietnamese iced coffee, condensed milk and Hà Nội vodka, or opt for bottomless sriracha Bloody Marys. A booze-free version of the brunch will be available for £13, with bottomless servings of Pho’s refreshing juices, or hot or iced-coffee.
15 Upper Cheapside Passage, One New Change, St Paul’s, EC2V 6AG
Aqua Nueva’s head chef Yahir Gonzalez has created a menu of traditional Spanish tapas-inspired dishes, designed for sharing ‘family style’ between two or more people. Every Saturday, guests can enjoy an authentic Spanish dining experience for £35p, which includes a selection of six savoury dishes and a dessert to finish. Alternatively, diners can enjoy the brunch and free-flowing drinks (including mojitos, sangría, daiquiris and cava) for £60pp. Dishes include avocado, toasted corn and bitter leaf salad; marinated rump of beef with coriander, olive oil, sea salt, garlic and cumin; and pistachio churros with mango and passionfruit sauce.
240 Regent Street, Soho, W1F 7EB
Mayfair restaurant Bombay Bustle is now open on Sundays to host its all-day brunch: ‘Samosas, Dosas & Mimosas’. The clue’s in the name: from 11am, guests will be invited to kick off the feast with a mimosa of choice, before choosing from a selection of eggs including baida roti stuffed with Lincolnshire sausage; and tameta per edu, a popular breakfast favourite in Parsi households. For something a little heartier, there will be a selection of griddle and grills available including dosas stuffed with aloo masala, duck chettinad or bheja pepper masala. A selection of comfort foods including samosas, kanda poha with spiced goan chorizo or tadka asparagus, and lobster tail and scallop khichdi will also be available alongside the restaurant’s main menu.
29 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2PA
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