What: The new Greek-inspired, bottomless brunch offering from Clapham bar Aquum complete with boards games and even an adult ball pit.
New? Aquum originally opened in 2007 and had a complete refurbishment in September 2016.
Where? 68-70 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7UL www.aquum.co.uk
On the Menu: Expect traditional brunch items like full fry ups and eggs benedict but being a predominantly Greek restaurant you’ll also see pork belly souvlaki and chicken pitta with tabbouleh salad.
First Impressions: I hadn’t seen Aquum since it had its refurbishment but I liked the new look; it was a slick bar but was still welcoming in the middle of the day and I didn’t feel out of place sitting down to dine.
The Look: Silver is a popular look here with a sea of crystals hanging from the ceiling joined by disco balls and I even spy a display of chrome Champagne bottles. The bar runs down one wall and wall seating along the opposite, tables have been set out on which would become the dancefloor come the evening.
What We Ate: The Eggs Florentine was surprisingly filling, probably due to the extra portion of spinach and rocket decorating the plate all drizzled with a delicious, buttery hollandaise sauce. The yolks of the eggs had been poached to perfection and even held form after being cut, no seasoning required. The 3 large arancini balls ooze Greek melted cheese and are neatly presented on mushroom puree with Swiss chard. A side of Greek styled fries finishes off the meal and is not what I expected; looking exactly like crisps I expected a crunch but when I bit in it was pleasantly soft, just slightly thick enough to have a fluffy potato texture.
What We Drank: You can choose from unlimited prosecco for 2 hours or from their list of 3 cocktails, Bloody Mary, Vanilla Expression or what we went for, CC Martini; Grey Goose Vodka, cucumber, chamomile syrup and lemon juice – refreshing and pleasantly sweet.
Go With: If you’ve got a day date planned this is a good option as not only is the food good but you have the distraction of board games to play while you wait.
Final Word: I went to the brunch not focusing on the food and excited about the games and left excited about the food and not remembering the games. The food was surprisingly flavoursome and although there were some giggles to be had colouring in our menus and getting competitive over Operation it wouldn’t be the main thing I returned for.
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