Believe it or not, Summer is upon us. The weather may be somewhat deceptive, but this is the time to show off that ‘Summer bod’ you’ve been working so hard to achieve all year. It’s tough not to get too enticed by endless BBQ’s and bottomless brunches, after all, eating is one of our favourite things to do! Fear not, though! We’ve cooked up a list of London’s healthiest brunches to give you a little health-spiration this summer:
Superfood Brunch Menu at Christopher’s
Christopher’s has created a Superfood Brunch menu to guide you seamlessly through those BBQ cravings. It’ll also aid your detox with a range of juices and salads and even healthy desserts like Buckwheat Pancakes . The tempting juices have options like citrus beet cleanser and an early chocolate shot, while you can’t go wrong with a salad like warm kale and butternut squash salad.
Innovative, Healthy Food
The Grain Store’s menu includes the likes of sprouting seeds and beans with miso aubergine, crispy citrus chicken skin and potato wafer; toasted banana loaf with vanilla ricotta and warm passion fruit sauce and hot seaweed sushi with glazed pak choi, black garlic purée, hake à la plancha and vanilla butter. Who said healthy had to be dull?
Tempting Smoothies and Juices
So while the Riding House Café does have a selection of tempting brunch offers such as the beetroot and walnut salad with chicory, braised lentils and buttermilk dressing (which can have halloumi and chicken/king prawns added) they really excel at their juices and smoothies. Our favourites are the Radio Flyer (watermelon, strawberries, elderflower, black pepper and lime) and Yellow Jersey (pineapple, banana, almond milk, yogurt and vanilla).
Slow Burn Brunch
Normally the only thing burning Summer is our thighs from one too many squats or maybe our bank accounts but Chai Ki are relieving this with a new type of burn; a brunch menu celebrating Indian spices. The health benefits of spicy food will help your healthy Summer efforts (we like to think) so you can feel good as you tuck into miso curry leaf scrambled eggs, ‘chaas‘ buttermilk blueberry pancakes and Chai Ki’s take on the classic Bloody Mary.
Weekend Brunch Overlooking the Thames
The Tom Dixon interiors of the Sea Containers restaurant is enough to make you never want to leave. Even more of a reason is that the menu champions food that “can make us feel better” – on weekends this involves all the usual suspects (smashed avocado, crab scrambled eggs) with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients as well as salads, ceviche, oysters, sharing roasts and a varied Bloody Mary menu.
Fail-safe, Imaginative Brunches
Modern Pantry is one of the handful of brunch destinations in London you can rely on time and time again for a hearty, (often) healthy feast. The Bircher muesli is one of the healthiest offerings, the toasted buckwheat, oat, puffed wild rice pecan muesli comes with almond milk and raspberries but if brunch is only brunch when it includes eggs, get them ‘your way’ and add streaky bacon, halloumi or grilled chorizo. Add a smoothie of the day and you’re good to go.
Nutritionist-approved Brunch Menu
Peruvian food is known for it’s freshness so it’s no wonder Andina have attracted health and fitness specialist Harry Jameson to devise Andina’s Replenish Menu. The dishes – which include egg white omelette, chia seed pudding with coconut and hazelnut milk and fresh blueberries – have been created for their nutritional benefits both pre- and post- workout. Healthy fats, protein and antioxidants mean brunching is absolutely justifiable as a vital part of all healthy January efforts.
Plenish Juice Brunch
Pont St’s executive chef Sophie Michell will have us well prepared for Summerwith her new collaboration brunch with Plenish Juice. The pairing will see six dishes served on the exclusive menu alongside Plenish Juices throughout January. The dishes include ‘Green Eggs’ – scrambled eggs with broccoli, courgette, spinach and fried onions, topped with pesto, and Chia Pots made with the new Plenish almond milk, maca powder, raspberries and soaked almonds. Eat and feel better.
Where: 20 Chesham Place, London, SW1X 8HQ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.5 miles)
Quinoa for breakfast
Having recently opened their flagship deli in Fitzrovia, The Detox Kitchen serves up a succinct but delicious brunch menu with dishes including sweetcorn and courgette fritters with avocado salsa and oat and quinoa porridge with apple compote and coconut yoghurt. If it has detox in the name, it has to be good for you, doesn’t it?