Brunch in London is our national sport, right after queuing and doing small talk. If you live here, then you’re probably always on the lookout for a new brunch place to try – so many restaurants, so little time. Consistent with my generation, who chooses to invest on avocado toast and artisan coffee, here’s a handful of places that never fail to deliver.
- Eggbreak: Offhandedly social, bright and serving mouth-watering comfort food with a twist, this Notting Hill non well-kept secret is worth the wait. (Yes, like many brunch places around town, they do not take reservations.) Their strong point is eggs – obviously – but they offer a wide range of dishes, from post-Sunday run healthy to “this will stay between us” naughty.
- Berber & Q: Large communal tables, dim lights and smoky, meaty smells that awaken your senses. Even though the menu in this Haggerston locale is a meat-lover’s paradise, what steals the show is the Israeli breakfast for two, an generous mezze platter full of flavor and Mediterranean goodness. Call dibs on the honeyed feta and the baba ganoush and you can thank me later.
- No197 Chiswick Fire Station: They might consider themselves a “neighbourhood bar and restaurant”, but the contemporary interior design and the elegant atmosphere of this Chiswick spot is every London blogger’s wet dream. Their service is excellent and their brunch menu marries creativity with well-sourced ingredients.
- Pavilion Cafe: This cafe and bakery is one of the view reasons I would drag myself across London – it’s located Victoria Park, East London – to have brunch on a Sunday morning. Superb views on the lake and pancakes so fluffy I’m gonna die – do you need more? The Sri Lankan breakfast (egg curry, dahl, coconut sambal & string hoppers) might sound like an unexpected option but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
- Ergon Foods: This little nomad heart sometimes misses her homeland’s food, which is why I love popping in this central gem every once in a while. Cold coffee, Greek sweet and savoury pies as well as the queen of the menu: a slightly sweet sesame bagel, koulouri, served with poached eggs on Greek yogurt and topped with spicy oil, a modern and unexpected twist of a childhood favourite.
Let’s be honest: brunch was partly invented for people who sleep in on Sunday mornings, and partly for people who would to replace every meal of the day with breakfast food – this is me!
What’s your favourite London spot for brunch?
Hungry (as always),