Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Foodie Series #2

Another month, another round up of my favourite restaurants, bars and pop ups. This month’s post is dedicated to my favourite meal: BRUNCH. There's nothing I like more than going out for brunch on a chilled weekend morning and spending an hour or two munching through some yummy food and juices. Whether it's a hangover cure or just a way to while away the weekend, brunch is definitely my favourite meal of the day. 

Here are my top eateries for brunch in London:

1. Trade

Trade is a cool, unassuming cafe near Spitalfields market. You hardly know it is there, unless you know it is there! You could walk past and just think it is a small coffee shop, it's not until you go inside and realise that it stretches back and even has a little garden at the back. The cakes and snacks on display look (and taste) absolutely incredible and I often just pop in for one of their salted caramel brownies on the way past. These are literally little squares of heaven! Think ultra-gooey brownie sandwiched with a layer of sweet salted caramel! My mouth is watering...! Anyway, back to the brunch. They have a decent sized menu containing the traditional brunch items but with a twist. The also make their own pastrami, which is to die for and their pancakes with maple syrup are incredible. 

Price: Approximately £12 per head including juice/drink
Location: 47 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BD

2. Andina

Next up is Andina, which is a Peruvian restaurant in Shoreditch. I first went here, not really knowing what to expect as I had never tried Peruvian food before... and I was very pleasantly surprised! Firstly, the juices and coffees here were delicious, I had the green detox one to try to counteract the meal! I went for the 'Full Peruvian' which I would highly recommend! It had all the basic elements of a full English but with a twist. The meat was fried pork and it came with a sort of quinoa, potato hash brown style thing. Red onions added a nice element and the avocado and tomato on crispy bread topped it off perfectly. Ben went for some sort of smoked haddock which he said was delicious, but very small and he was hungry half an hour later... typical boy! I would definitely recommend this if you want your brunch with a South American twist.

Price: Approximately £15 per head including juice/drink
Location: 1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DJ

3. Hally's

I love this cute little Californian eatery in Parson's Green. A friend of mine told me about this place as she lives next door and always visits for brunch so I thought I better check it out. It is beautifully decorated, giving the feel of a Californian beach hut inside. It has a really laid-back atmosphere full of young couples and ladies who lunch! The food here is really healthy and organic with a wide choice of yummy breakfasts. I went for the pancakes, which were delicious, if slightly on the small size. The motto here seems to be quality over quantity! Again, the juices were yummy, but my absolute favourite had to be the green matcha latte. I am a sucker for matcha and green tea and this one was the best I have ever tasted. Thumbs up all round.

Price: Approximately £20 per head including juice/coffee
Location: 60 New Kings Road, Parsons Green, SW6 4LS

4. The Breakfast Club

Finally, I couldn't really do a roundup of brunch places without mentioning The Breakfast Club. This is probably the most well-known breakfast location with restaurants dotted all over London. This place is known for always having a queue outside with people having to wait up to an hour to be served. I was very sceptical about going here as it is so hyped up but it turned out that it definitely lives up to the hype! I went to the Hoxton branch on a Sunday morning at about 11am... probably the worst possible time to go! However, as there was only two of us we managed to skip the queue and only waited about 10 minutes to be seated. Firstly, the decor in here is super cool and quirky and the music was probably the best playlist I have heard (think Prince, Spice Girls and George Michael). Secondly, the food... oh my god! They go all out here! I had the All American Pancakes- pancakes topped with pretty much a full English breakfast, all smothered in maple syrup! Absolute heaven! I really can't fault this place, even though everyone and their dog has been there, it really is worth it and believe the hype!

Price: Approximately £20 per head including juice/drink
Location: 2-4 Rufus Street, N1 6PE

Of course, there would be a fifth- Brew- which I mentioned in my favourites last month (read here) but I can't talk about it again or it would just look like I am obsessed!

So there you have it, a roundup of my favourite Brunch eateries in London. Have you visited any of these? Let me know if you have any recommendations you think I am missing out on!


  1. I'm obsessed with brunch and The Breakfast Club and Brew are right up there for me x

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