What? Adam Handling, the young chef with many awards already under his belt including Scottish Chef of the Year 2015, has now decided to get involved in one of London’s most tough arenas, the bottomless brunch arena.
New? The Frog, Adam’s debut restaurant, opened last summer following on from his stint at St. Ermin’s Hotel, the bottomless brunch however launched last month. What’s also new is Bean & Wheat, Adam’s new coffee shop and deli on Liverpool Street.
Where? Tucked into the corner of Ely’s Yard you’ll find it at: 2 Ely’s Yard, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, Shoreditch, E1 6QR www.thefrogrestaurant.com
On the Menu: The menu is short and simple – you get two courses for £35 with cocktails or if you fancy more then it’s £10 per dish. You’ll find brunch classics like smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and buttermilk pancakes with maple bacon as well as dishes of curried chickpeas with tea egg and crispy carrots. Supplements are £5, which seems a little steep for a side of maple bacon or eggs. When it comes to drinks you’ve got bottomless Portobello Gin cocktails – including a BBQ Bloody Mary and a cucumber martini or there are peach and kombucha bellinis.
The Look: The Frog is laid back, it’s minimal with bare concrete floors, white washed walls and high ceilings. An open kitchen dominates one end of the restaurant and pendant lighting, clean, bold lines and utilitarian-esque chairs give it an industrial feel. At the opposite end to the kitchen, is a half -covered area, filled with swinging wooden chairs and with dried flowers hanging from the ceiling – in these summer months we say sit here.
What We Ate: We started as all meals at The Frog should, with chicken butter and sourdough bread, it’s perfection. A sausage and bean toasty, had me feeling nostalgic, reminding me of university when the toastie maker was the hangover saviour and you could easily hide your budget sausages inside; obviously the sausages here aren’t budget, they are more meat than bread. That said the sausage and bean toasty was exactly what it says – just sausages and baked beans between two pieces of toast and I couldn’t decide if it was marvellously simple or just slightly lacking. There was a rich ox cheek hash, topped with a fried duck egg which we mopped up with sourdough bread and a delicate dish of light scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and decorated with shoots of cress.
What We Drank: Kombucha is admittedly an acquired taste, slightly sour and fermenting, but mix it with sparkling wine and it gives it a bit of a lift and, as we found out, makes it even more drinkable. There’s a smoky BBQ Bloody Mary and for those looking for something with a little kick, the fiery, ginger in On the Streets of Kingston should do the trick.
Go With: It’s bottomless brunch – which means it’s suitable for everyone, except those under 16. Soz, you’re going to want to make the most of the cocktails.
Final Word: At the moment, the brunch is only available every Sunday until the end of August, so get booking now.
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