Having recently launched their new brunch menu, a visit to The Pantechnicon was must. Once we had battled against tube delays, underground closures and a ten minute queue just to get out of the station, we found our way to quaint little Motcomb street just off bustling Sloane Street.
With the tables outside nicely filling up, we actually escaped the heat and sat inside the light airy bar downstairs, which at midday was quiet with only a couple of tables, by one however it was almost full. With cool, neutral, calm colours the bar was friendly whilst also being sophsticated and unfussy.
Whilst we looked at the menus we drank fresh juices; go for the apple, blackberry and strawberry, sweet, refreshing and we could pretend we were being slightly healthy. The menu is divided into two sections, ‘earlier’ and ‘later’ (although all the dishes are served all throughout the day) so we of course had to try something from both.
From the earlier half, which features more traditional breakfast and brunch choices, we opted for sour dough toast: three large pieces of toast served with adorable little pots of jam, lemon curd and butter. We also ordered the home made granola, expecting to see a little glass of layered granola, which is so often the way, we were surprised that we were given a whole bowl full and we were glad we were. It was delicious, sweet toasted flakes of granola and seeds, creamy natural yoghurt and berry compote.
We then moved on to the ‘later’ half of the menu, which are dishes more typical for lunch time, we chose the ‘Market Fish’ which was on this day; pan fried salmon with mash potato, tender stem brocolli and samphire. It was gorgeous, perfectly cooked and the mash potato was light rather than stodgy and heavy, we only wish we had had slightly more of it, as at over £17 it is a little on the expensive side for brunch.
Of course to finish we delved into a cake made from pop corn, salted caramel, chocolate and ice cream, a devishly, heavenly mix of goodness, and after our juice and granola we managed to convince ourselves that a little guilty food is always good for you.
Not just your standard brunch or indeed standard pub, we love The Pantechnicon.