Our Aussie rellies love their brunch as much as they (seemingly) love their surfboard. No surprise really when you consider their laid-back lifestyle and the appeal of sitting kerbside in the sun, armed with a green juice, latte in a glass and smashed avo on sourdough. Antipodean brunches rarely involve alcohol, so step aside bottomless British brunches and make way for the health-conscious breed of yogis, cross-fitters and spinners in search of a well-earned caffeine hit.
Award-winning banana bread sandwich
The five London Daisy Green venues are known for their varying food offerings; all day menus, weekend brunch, coffee and alcohol. A selection of bottomless brunches don’t all involve alcohol; bottomless artisan coffee, smoothies and juices make up the ‘virgin’ but the classic comes with bottomless Prosecco, a Mimosa and a Bloody Mary with two brunch items such as gluten free broccoli bread and ‘The Bondi’ – poached eggs, sausage, mushrooms, homemade chilli pesto and avocado on sourdough.
Vegemite in South London
If the Southern Hemisphere is a little too far, head South of the river instead (anyone else noticed Aussies swarm to Clapham?!) for nice local touches including Wimbledon honey and mint tea ‘from the garden’. Brew serve their Aussie-influenced menu morning, noon and night and menus vary in each venue but for the authentic experience enjoy a brunch of avo on toasted pide with a healthy spread of Vegemite or our favourite – sweetcorn fritters with avocado, tomato jam and lime aioli. Bonus points if you’re in activewear.
Brunch, bikes and pizza
Australian hipsters are really no different to British hipsters so combine coffee and a bike workshop and you can guess the type of person it will attract. As you wait for your fixie to be fixed, sip on a flat white made with Allpress Redchurch blend espresso and browse the seriously appetising all-day brunch menu; toasted banana bread with lemon curd for a sugar hit or The Full Dynamo for some serious (gluten-free) energy; corn fritters, bacon, halloumi, avocado and sriracha aioli with poached eggs. From midday onwards, sourdough pizzas are served fresh from their wood-fired pizza oven.
The best corn fritters
To those in-the-know, Lantana serve the best corn fritters in London. And pretty good coffee too… Split into an ‘In’ and ‘Out’, the Fitzrovia cafe serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and cakes in-house and to takeaway. Vegemite? Tick. Toasted banana bread? Tick. Smashed avo? You get the idea. We love the selection of sides too, which include chorizo, black pudding, plum ketchup and chilli jam.
Toasties made by Kiwis
Embassy East is another classic brunch spot. Granola, chia pudding and eggs are all very well but the star of the show here is the humble toastie. Given the care and attention of true New Zealanders, the imaginative range of fillings include chorizo, goats cheese, dukka and honey and bacon, egg, cheddar, slaw and pickles. Assembly Coffee is served with passion.
Named after Adelaide’s wine-yielding Barossa Valley, Barossa brings a taste of Australian cafe culture to Fulham. The food is truly authentic – of course they serve brunch but come lunch time, kangaroo steak sandwiches, chicken parma and spiced lamb burgers offer a hearty alternative to eggs, avo, fritters and the ‘Bondi brekkie’. MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston has even paid them a visit!
The classic Aussie brunch
It’s no surprise that Bill Granger, the the owner of Granger & Co – widely considered the ultimate brunch in London – is Australian. This is the epitome of easy-going yet sophisticated dining; poached eggs are perfectly runny every time, avocados are perfectly ripe and almond milk is made in house. The only downside? More often than not you’ll have to queue to get a table, but that’s all part of the excitement.
Top-notch fusion dining
In the heart of Seven Dials, Kopapa is a fusion of the owners’ Maori/New Zealand heritages. The menu is innovative and as suited to a pre-theatre dinner as it is to a lazy weekend brunch. The arbroath smokie, hot-smoked salmon and pimpernickel cheesecake with yuzu limoncello jelly gives you an idea of the offerings. ‘Kopapa’ is the Maori word meaning ‘a gathering, to be crowded and a building to store food in’ and when the restaurant is jam-packed you will see why it’s so fitting.
For the health-conscious
Portobello’s Farm Girl is a bright, colourful cafe blending juices as colourful as the wall tiles. Granola and muesli come with generous handfuls of blueberries, goji berries and pomegranate seeds and everything is fresh, nutritional and nurturing. Wondering about the name? Founder Rose Mann is the farm girl in question, having grown up milking cows on an Australian dairy farm but she now calls London home.