London's inventive weekend brunch menus keep on coming. Here's our round-up of how you should be eating at the weekend...
The one by the Michelin chef
Claude Bosi has been winning praise for his main restaurant upstairs at Bibendum but he's also in charge of the oyster bar downstairs - and that's just launched a new brunch. As you might expect, there's a seafood theme throughout, including the Bibendum oyster omelette, the Bibendum LBT (lobster, bacon, onion, cheese) toastie (which sounds very tempting), smoked trout with scrambled eggs and more. Plus they also have pain au chocolate from Hedone which should be some of the best in town.
Where: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3 6RD
When: Weekends 9-5pm
The one with the gospel choir
What would make any Sunday brunch better? Being accompanied by a full gospel choir, for one. This relatively new Shoreditch arrival has a menu with a bit of a Southern US tilt to it. So there are chicken and waffles or a chicken and biscuit (with sausage gravy and a sunny-side egg), the Rooster Scramble (with truck-stop potato, heritage bacon) and A tienda breakfast (scrambled eggs, chorizo, pickled jalapeno). All to the sound of some pretty fine gospel music. Not to mention the signature fried yard bird too.
Where: 45 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT
When: Sunday 11am - 5pm
The one with the cabaret (and pizza)
Bunga Bunga are already well known for their brunch in the Battersea original but now they're bringing something special to the centre of town too. The Matinee Brunch is a bottomless brunch (of course) and involves an immersive matinee variety show performing around you. And there may well be some karaoke too (that's where the bottomless brunch comes in handy). It's £44 for antipasti, pizza, prosecco and tiramisu.
Where: 167 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PG
The Basque brunch
We were pretty taken by our recent visit to Eneko Atxa's Azurmendi, so we think this brunch at his London spot should be pretty special too. Dishes include Iberico ham croquetas, slow-cooked oxtail on milk bread with Idiazabal cheese and suckling pig brioche. There's also Txuleta (Basque prime rib of beef) and for dessert, Torrija, a Basque-style vanilla sponge with caramel crumble ice cream. It's three dishes at £25 or five courses at £50, with bottomless free-flowing Cava, Spanish wines and Basque-inspired cocktails for £20 more.
Where: One Aldwych Hotel, London WC2B 4BZ
When: Saturday 11.30am-3pm and Sunday from 12pm-5pm
The Japanese brunch
If you want a bit of a blowout (but not too much as it's cheaper than the dinner here) then the Nobu brunch may be for you. For one, there's a brunch bar (!) with dishes including yellowtail jalapeno, tenderloin tataki and chicken karage. That's followed by sharing dishes which include "Gyoza with Butter Ponzu & Eel Sauce" and "Grouper Tempura with Amazu Ponzu" as well as "Roasted Pork Belly with Spicy Ponzu Sauce and House-Made Pickles". And then it's back to the brunch bar for dessert (the green tea rolled roulade for us please).
How much: It's £45 for food only, £55 with a glass of prosecco and wine, £65 with a glass of Veuve Cliquot or a cocktail and a glass of fine wine.
Where: 10-50 Willow St, London EC2A 4BH
When: Every Sunday from 11am to 3pm
The Indian brunch
When they were back in Brixton, the Kricket brunch was much loved - and now they're bringing brunch to Soho. As well as bringing back the Goan sausage roll, which we loved, they have their version of bacon and eggs (star anise, chilli & jaggery pancetta, avocado raita, and a poached egg) and kedgeree (smoked haddock, raw egg yolk, lentils and rice, topped with pickled cauliflower). And you can kick off your Sunday with a Bloody Maharaja too.
Where: 12 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7HH
When: Every Sunday, 11am-4pm.
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