What: Brunch, everyone Londoner’s favourite time of the week, the meal that can cure a hangover, start a hangover and means you can technically eat twice as much as it’s two meals in one, although, not actually advisable of course. When we heard that Sea Containers had just introduced new dishes to their brunch menu, we knew of course that we had to check it out.
New? Whilst Sea Containers isn’t the brunch has just relaunched last month, bringing in new brunch dishes and on a Sunday a live band.
The Setting: Sitting on London’s Southbank, Sea Containers can be found inside 5* hotel, Mondrian London. Ideal for after when you need to combat that post brunch slump and can walk along the Thames as we did… although we did walk straight to another bar.
The Look: Making the most of its riverside setting, large floor to ceiling windows make up one side of the restaurant, there’s a terrace too if you want to get that bit closer. Inside it’s sleek, with mustard yellow banquettes, cranberry red chairs and pendant lighting. A curved bar occupies the middle of the room with a yellow submarine floating above it. If you can, get a seat by the window and not near the front of the restaurant, the live band, whilst excellent, were so loud that you’d be spending your time shouting at each other or sitting in silence and no one wants that.
On the Menu: Served between 12pm and 4pm the dishes are more on the ‘unch’ than the ‘br’ side. If you’re expecting to find poached eggs, salmon and spinach then you’re going to be disappointed, or not so disappointed depending on how you look at it, instead you can choose from the ultimate toastie with cooked ham, cheese sauce, pickled avocado; bbq pulled pork with streaky bacon and chicken and mushroom hot pot with roast potatoes. If cheese and meat don’t appeal then there is a quinoa salad with avocado foam, but it just sounds a little limp next to the slow cooked beef sandwich with fries.
What We Ate: There is nothing worse than having food envy, when you see your friend’s order brought through the restaurant and your stomach sinks, you then do the tactical ‘would you like to try a bit of mine’ in the hope that they say yes and offer some of theirs back. I am all too familiar with food envy. Not this time though, I hit the jack pot with my bacon and cheese hash topped with a fried eggs, sweet caramelised onions and potatoes. A comforting dish of melted cheese, salty meat and carbs. It’s lazy Sunday food at its best. It’s a hefty dish, so I suppose sharing half with my boyfriend who was a little underwhelmed by his Egg Sammy was the right thing to do. The Egg Sammy, another dish of cheese, bacon and fried eggs, but this time they’re topped with avocado and served in a brioche bun. To go with it more cheese in the form of dense, strong mac and cheese with parmesan and fries cooked in lobster oil and grated caviar – that’s one way to make the humble potato the Pretty Woman makeover.
What We Drank: You have the option to go bottomless with 90 minutes of unlimited bellinis, mimosas, prosecco and Grey Goose bloody Marys. Otherwise you’ll find Champagne by the glass, lean green juices or hard shakes which sound equal part immense and sickly, like the Rocky Rum with Bacardi Negra, salted caramel, whipped cream and Luxardo cherry. We kept it simple with bottomless prosecco.
Go With: It seems like Sea Containers is for everyone, when we visited there were groups of girls debriefing from the night before, Kate had had quite the night as we had overheard; families celebrating grandparent’s birthdays and couples on dates. As we all get taught in life you’re never going to please everyone, but this menu is accessible to all, it’s easy food.
Final Word: Top marks to the Sea Containers brunch, the service was excellent (meaning our glasses were constantly topped up), the bacon and cheese hash is a new favourite, and for us, it was the start of a rather boozy Sunday afternoon.
Where: 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD, www.seacontainersrestaurant.com