Absolutely rounds up the best new London brunches, from french toast jenga to an American seafood spread…
By Abbie Schofield
Brunch may feel like it’s been a part of the London weekend routine since the beginning of time, but it’s a relatively recent phenomenon, originating in the U.S. before making its way across the pond to delight us with avo on toast and bellinis galore – and thank goodness it did. Here are Absolutely’s picks of the best new London brunches on the scene.
Seafood brunch at BOB’s Lobster and Wine Bar
Situated next to London Bridge station and opposite the bustling Vinegar Yard, BOB’s Lobster is relaxed but with a pleasant buzz. The restaurant has the feel of an elevated American diner, with a 1957 VW campervan inside the restaurant, a nod to BOB’s street food origins. The menu is very American, with Tex-Mex influences – tuna tacos, guacamole – and soul food inspired recipes – lobster mac and cheese – but the real standouts are the egg dishes. The lobster scrambled egg with summer truffle is salty and buttery, indulgent but absolutely delicious. Similarly, the lobster tail eggs benedict is accompanied by samphire and the perfect creamy hollandaise.
11am-3.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, bobslobster.com
French toast Jenga at The Little Yellow Door
Playing with your food may be bad manners, but Notting Hill’s late night bar and restaurant The Little Yellow Door has re-written the rules with its new interactive brunch dish: French toast Jenga. Giant Jenga-shaped pieces of French toast are stacked to make a tower and then covered in berries, sour cream, fruit coulis and topped off with a hot chocolate and caramel sauce. Served alongside the French toast Jenga is the real – inedible – version of the game to play after your meal. If that isn’t sweet enough, diners can sample film-inspired breakfast cocktails including the fruity ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and gin-based ‘Kill Bill’.
From 12pm on Saturdays, thelittleyellowdoor.com
Healthy brunch at The Detox Kitchen
For those on a health kick, pancakes with bacon and maple syrup and a glass of prosecco is not the ideal brunch spread. Enter The Detox Kitchen. Having become the go-to food delivery service for the health-conscious, The Detox Kitchen also have two central London delis serving wheat, dairy and refined sugar-free meals. But don’t worry – they’re far from boring. The new brunch menu includes banana pancakes with blueberry compote and a scrumptious (and Instagram worthy) acai bowl. With plenty of vegan and gluten-free options too, The Detox Kitchen is the perfect post-spin class brunch spot.
Saturdays and Sundays until 2.30pm, detoxkitchen.co.uk
Pastries at Darby’s
Darby’s, the oyster bar, bakery and grill in Embassy Gardens, has opened its doors for brunch. With pastries freshly baked by Matt the Baker, as well as cooked breakfasts including ‘Darby’s Full Irish’, Darby’s will satisfy both sweet and savoury cravings. For later risers, lunchtimes in the bakery offer a selection of sandwiches from salt beef and celeriac remoulade bagels, to Darby’s house-cured mortadella and Jersey milk ricotta on Matt’s homemade sourdough.
Monday to Friday 8-11.45am, weekends 9-11.45am, darbys-london.com
The Aster Sunday Feast
Head to Aster on Sunday afternoons for the ultimate brunch feast (and hangover cure). Not only does Aster offer unlimited starters and desserts, but there is a bottomless Bloody Mary station where guests can personalise cocktails with their favourite garnishes. Hearty main dishes include roast leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic, grass-fed sirloin steak and a Moroccan vegetable pastilla with wild mushrooms. If you have room for dessert, options such as Eton mess, chocolate mousse and cheesecake are sure to indulge your sweet tooth.
12-4pm on Sundays, aster-restaurant.com
Indian brunch at Bombay Bustle
A slow Sunday morning calls for a decadent breakfast feast and Bombay Bustle has recreated of some of the Mumbai’s most-loved brunch dishes. The menu includes a selection of eggs, Tameta Per Edu – a popular breakfast favourite in Parsi households – dosas stuffed with their signature Aloo Masala, Duck Chettinad and Bheja Pepper Masala. The drinks list sees mimosas such as ‘Royal Cardamom Infused Peach’, ‘Blue Butterfly Pea Flower & Lemongrass’, and ‘Andhra Chilli Spiced’, as well as fresh juices and bubbles.
Sundays 11am-3pm, bombaybustle.com
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