2017 has seen a number of food trends sprouting from the capital, some great and others a little far-fetched. With freak shakes, unicorn-inspired foods and ube—a purple coloured yam from the Philippines—becoming the norm; many people are wondering what fad will come next?
However, despite the flippant nature of food movements, one that seems to remain steadfast is brunch. Starting in London, brunch has become a staple in social circles. Whether they are booze-fuelled or gossip focussed, brunches are here to stay. Now, authentic and experimental brunch menus are popping up everywhere. Discover our shortlist of the best brunch places in London this year that are sure to accommodate every kind of foodie.
Opso— 10 Paddington Street, London W1U 5QL
Tired of the usual eggs and waffle combination? Sick of London’s obsession with putting avocado on everything? Find resolve in Opso, a Mediterranean restaurant that is cooking up brunch with a twist. After all, some of the best brunch places are the ones that surprise you. The diversity of flavour at Opso is sure to do just that. Among their long list of delightful dishes, the Greek sharing plates are some of the most popular. These quirky dishes will undoubtedly tingle the taste buds of any diner, each revolves around a traditional concept with a modern touch.
We recommend: Tsoureki (a Mastic-flavoured brioche with a chocolate praline spread).
Sexy Fish—Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BR
Their Asian-inspired brunch menu has a reputation that is second to none within the capital’s culinary scene. Many people would state with confidence that Sexy Fish’s opulent menu makes it one of the best brunch places in London. As the name suggests, fish is the star of the show here. All manner of sea dwellers have been specially sourced and prepared to bless the plates served. Pushing the boundaries of modern cooking, this establishment creates sinful taste combinations that are almost impossible to beat—all accomplished with a contemporary flair.
We recommend: Sexy eggs (black charcoal muffin with yuzu hollandaise, lobster and truffle).
Cheap and cheerful
Balls and Company—58 Greek Street W1D 3DY
When Balls and Company first opened, the creators were met with derisive comments. People doubted whether a restaurant based solely on the humble meatball would ever last. But, years later, this Soho-based eatery is still going strong. The menu is based on a straightforward concept: select the variety of meatball and pair with one of the delectable sauces and toppings. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the menu, what they lack in variety they certainly make up for in flavour. Pop along to experience their brunch offer: Sangria Saturdays. From 12-4pm every Saturday diners can have as much sangria as they please with the restaurant’s famed meatballs for only £15pp.
We recommend: Pork, ricotta, Parmesan, pine nuts and sage meatballs with basil and cashew nut pesto sauce.
Easy on the waistline
Nama—110 Talbot Road, London W11 1JR
If you are looking for a fry-up then turn the other way. This trendy establishment in Notting Hill prides itself on serving up the most delicious and nutritious food around. Focusing on vegan dishes, the brunch menu promises an eclectic mix of meals to get your teeth stuck into. Consisting of a few tried-and-tested options, visitors know that whatever they select will be packed with flavour. This eatery draws a hipster crowd but welcomes everyone with an interest in raw vegan delights.
We recommend: Zucchini crêpe with tomato relish and caramelised onions.
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