What? Covent Garden restaurant, Margot has joined the brunch crew by launching a weekend brunch menu available on Saturday and Sundays.
New? Whilst Margot opened in October of 2016, the brunch landed at the end of January.
Where? 45 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5AA, www.margotrestaurant.com
On the Menu: Created by Executive Chef Maurizio Morelli, the succinct brunch menu revolves around eggs and includes the likes of scrambled eggs with smoked salmon; omelette with mixed mushrooms and Parmigiano Reggiano and poached eggs on tomato and avocado bruschetta with pancetta. For those wanting something sweeter you’ll find Italian lemon crepes and they also do a cake of the day. It’s a simple, refined menu but it could be a little more exciting – also if you happen to be someone who doesn’t have a penchant for eggs you’re left with either having the quiche or the pancakes.
First Impressions: Brunch starts at midday, we were the first to arrive and it took a while for the restaurant to fill up – lunch is obviously popular here but it seems like more people need to know about the brunch. That said service was slick – well you hope it would be given we were the only table but they weren’t overbearing either, as can often be the way when there are too many waiters to guests.
The Look: Designed by Fabled Studio (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal), Margot is elegant and sleek, with dark blue leather banquettes, touches of gold and copper, white tablecloths, smart silverware and little dachshunds – the emblem of Margot – adorning the plates.
What We Ate: Fried eggs which were just a little too greasy came with not quite enough burrata and thin slices of finocchiona Toscana salami, so we added two hearty Cumberland sausages, which were delicious. Perfectly poached eggs arrived with tomato, smashed avocado bruschetta and crisp, salty pancetta. They were good but didn’t leave us raving about Margot, yes, they were elegantly presented and yes, we were expecting a more refined version of brunch, but if you head somewhere like 34 Mayfair, you get both – a more sophisticated brunch, but one that leaves you feeling satisfied. The dish that turned it round for us was the crepes; wafer thin, sweet and with just a hint of lemon it was topped with tart wild berries, plenty of mascarpone and dusted with icing sugar – wonderful.
What We Drank: We kept things simple and stuck with a Bellini, but we also had our eye on the Rosemary Collins made from Tanqueray gin, fresh rosemary, lemon and soda.
Go With: Being in the centre of London it isn’t one that you can exactly roll out of bed for (unless you’re lucky enough to live in the heart of Zone 1), and with the waiters in black tie you wouldn’t want to. It requires a sense of occasion, so reserve it for when you’re looking to make a good impression.
Final Word: The a la carte menu is much more varied and detailed, so if you’re after choice then I’d forgo the brunch and head there for lunch or in the evening.
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