London: finding Brunch
I'm looking for a good, ol' fashioned (er, Kiwi) brunch menu. One that doesn't stop being served just because the little hand is between the 12 and the 1!
Things on it would include:
Eggs Benedict (and Florentine, and Toronto'd etc.) (£5-7)
Big Breakfast (£8-11)
French toast with various acoutrements (£6-10)
Fruit and yoghurt w muesli for the diet conscious (£5-10)
Kedgeree (to keep it somewhat british, I guess). (£??!)
So far, the only ones I've found have been serving breakfast only. I want 'brunch' damnit, and I want a sleep in.
I'm looking for somewhere between: Marble Arch (W), Liverpool St (E), Camden (N), London Bridge (S).
Can you let me know what your favourites are...else I'm gonna have to think about opening my own damned restaurant! :)
Providores and The Wolseley immediately spring to mind.
Bob Bob Ricard (newly opened) has an all-day menu and a toaster for each table.
Check out this TimeOut feature for more ideas:
Please don't go to Christopher's. I haven't the energy to explain how horrible they are but suffice to say if you read any good reviews, they are written by their PR company.
I agree with the recommendations for Providores.
Further out than you asked (but not by much) Raoul's in Notting Hill and Maida Vale serves all of your requested items with the exception of Kedegree and brunch runs all day.
You should also try Lantana which is the new Australian run breakfast place. I haven't been yet but it sounds good and has even adopted the Aussie/Kiwi practice of tap water when you sit down and free newspapers.
re: Gourmet Chick
We tried Lantana on Saturday morning, it has the really good laid back Aussie feel. The menu has lots of echoes from Bill's in Darlinghurst, and so it is good to eat sweet-corn fritters, with roast tomatoes and poached eggs, or ricotta hot-cakes, or banana bread. The coffee is very good, they use Monmouth beans, and I would rate the barisstas skills a notch above Flat White.
If we lived in London we would be regulars, we will definitely return.
Thanks gang. We did end up going to Roast - on the a) coldest day ever when b) their heating didn't work! :( Not impressed at having to pay a 12.5% service charge to sit there in my coat, hat and gloves (seriously - them flower halls are cold when not heated) but...the food was good.
Did feel hurried into ordering by 11.45, but that might have just been the fact that the wait staff were hurrying around keeping warm! :) And the fish'n'chips (in a basket, natch) seemed VERY popular on the lunch menu - just in case you're lookin' for them in future.