If you’re almost certain you’ve drunk every restaurant dry of their bottomless Bellinis and any shortage in London’s supply of hollandaise sauce is single-handedly down to you then you’ll be wanting somewhere new to try for brunch. Without further ado, we present to you The Handbook’s round-up of the newest brunches to come to London – some are totally new venues and others are at much-loved restaurants finally jumping on the brunch bandwagon to offer their own take on eggs, bacon and avo.
What: Spice up your brunch
Why: Spice up your brunch with Indian small plates and cocktails from Brixton’s Kricket. Avo and eggs come in the form of chilli, jaggert and star anise cured pancetta with kichri a take on kedgeree and bhel puri a yogurt, mango, tamarind and sev sweet dish. Drinks wise, sip a masala chai or a Bloody Maharaja – chilli infused gin and chaat masala with your Sunday brunch, 11am-4pm.
Where: 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ
What: Wild brunch club
Why: Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild have just launched a Wild Brunch Club from 11am-4pm on weekends. Their award-winning veni-moo burger makes the cut, as do tattie scones, haggis, square sausages and an Irn Bru float. Too adventurous? Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, porridge and kedgeree are available too. All this plus 2 hours of bottomless Bloody Mary’s.
Where: 65 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7PS
What: Latin-American brunching
Why: Launching on 1st May, Coya’s brunch menu comes complete with unlimited Champagne and Bloody Mary’s as well as Peruvian touches like their jugs of punch and party atmosphere (ideal for a birthday brunch). Live music and DJ sets from midday make the soundtrack to modern Peruvian dishes including slow roasted pulled pork and charcoal grilled sea bream.
Where: 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NW
What: Members Club brunch
Why: Private members club, The Groucho Club, have a new Saturday brunch club with guest participation actively encouraged. From 12-5pm, guests get a full a la carte menu, bottomless Prosecco, table tennis and DJ sets as well as the chance to have their songs played when they bring the vinyl along. Old-school.
Where: The Groucho Club, 45 Dean St, London, W1D 4QB
What: An ever-changing seasonal brunch
Why: Tom’s Kitchen are forever updating their menus which means that if it’s been a few weeks since your last visit then chances are the menu will have changed slightly. The classics remain (as always) but the Spring update includes seasonal berry pancakes, new season asparagus salad with truffle dressing and pheasant egg and a spicy crab cake with cucumber and chilli salsa.
Where: Tom's Kitchen, Chelsea, London
What: Pretty Peruvian brunch
Why: This Saturday (23rd April), Peruvian-inspired Pachamama will debut their new Spring brunch menu. Expect a few pansies daintily placed on top of your gluten-free waffles. Made from quinoa or sweet potato, the waffles come with a choice of six toppings (3 sweet and 3 savoury) – we like the exotic sounding Peruvian chocolate, toasted quinoa ice cream and cacao crumb. More hearty savoury dishes like the marinated suckling lamb leg and a warming bowl of hot smoked salmon prove there is something for everyone. There is also the option to go bottomless if a single Pachamama bellini doesn’t touch the sides.
Where: 18 Thayer Street, Marylebone, W1U 3JY
What: Timeless and elegant brunch by Mark Hix
Why: For a decadent and more traditional brunch, HIX Mayfair’s new three-course brunch is a good place to start. As is a glass of Champagne, a Bellini or a Bloody Mary (both bottomless) pre-‘Hix cure’ Albemarle smoked salmon and scrambled Burford Brown eggs – this is not just any smoked salmon and scrambled eggs… Other classics include eggs benedict, kedgeree and rib of beef, with Peruvian Gold chocolate mousse and Winstone Farm rhubarb buttermilk pudding for dessert.
Where: Brown’s Hotel, 33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP
What: Japanese take on brunch
Why: Japanese restaurant, Jidori, has just launched a brunch menu – much to the delight of existing fans. Expect what they describe as ‘Japanese comfort food’ and ‘breakfast classics with a twist’; matcha iced lattes. togarashi spiced Bloody Mary’s, Japanese pancakes and katsu curry chicken burgers. It’s brunch, but not as you know it.
Where: 89 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, E8 2PB
Other new(ish) brunches worth checking out: Ember Yard and Dehesa: launched on 12th March, Urban Coterie: new bottomless brunch and Som Saa: soon to announce a breakfast and brunch menu so watch this space…