New? It opened last November so not brand spanking but they have just launched their bottomless brunch and May will see the opening of their members’ club.
Where? 17th Floor of M by Montcalm, 151-157 City Road, EC1V 1JH
On the menu: If you’re heading for brunch then expect to find classic dishes such as sardines and avocado on toast, waffles and bacon and puddings including Anthony Demetre’s signature custard tart.
First Impressions: Knowing that the City can be a bit of a ghost town at the weekend and one of my fears being eating in an empty restaurant (I know what a terribly middle class fear to have) I was all prepared for my friend and I to be eating alone, but in fact every table was busy and as each table emptied it was soon refilled. The other thing you’ll notice of course is the London sky line stretching out in front of you, if you have vertigo, don’t look down, especially if you’ve had a mimosa or two, it’s all very unnerving.
The Look: They’ve gone for sharp lines, white walls, geometric shapes and big windows which flood the room with light, but coppers, mottled turquoises and burnt oranges give warmth to the room. If you can reserve a seat by the window to make the most of those views.
What We Ate: With Anthony’s other two restaurants Arbutus and Wild Honey both having Michelin-stars we were expecting good things, a more refined brunch than the usual fry up and we weren’t disappointed. The brunch allows you to have three dishes each so we’d say get two savoury and finish with pudding. Make sure you get the golden scrambled duck’s eggs with salmon – it will make all other scrambled eggs you have seem bland. The waffles with maple bacon and a poached egg was also another favourite, salty, sticky, sweet with another glorious orange yolk. Sourdough toast came piled high with smashed avocado and sardines and fluffy French toast was topped with blueberry compote and yoghurt. A warm chocolate mousse was neither here nor there and no match for the custard tart – said to be a signature dish which was wonderfully smooth and creamy and finished with pine nuts.
What We Drank: Nothing but Mimosas – they’re unlimited for your two hour sitting so make the most of them, although I would say ours could have done with being chilled.
Go With: As the plates are relatively small it’s perfect for taking a group of friends, ordering everything off the menu and trying a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
Final Word: If you’re looking for a brunch for a special occasion then Urban Coterie should definitely be on your list.