21/04/2010

Brunch favourites

My favourite meal of the day has always been breakfast, although ever since my parents sent me to an American school aged 12 and I discovered the joys of week-end brunch, I have never looked back. You see, even though I am used to rushing through my meals, often sitting at my desk, I really am a slow eater, and I enjoy the pace of sunday brunch.

My current favourites in London for brunch include:

Balans Earls Court
http://www.balans.co.uk/
239 Old Brompton Road, London SW5
I come here very regularly, and I have to say this restaurant has one of the most friendly staff in London. As soon as you enter, they greet you with a smile and the nicest and most attentive service ever. Though the waiting staff here features some serious party animals, they don't make you pay for their sleep deprivation! If you come here around 1pm on a Sunday, you'll queue for a bit, but if you pop by a little earlier you'll be seated quite quickly. The crowd here is mainly locals, with a good mix of families, couples and groups of young professionals, supplemented by the odd tourist popping by from one of the hotels around Gloucester Road.
I usually pick one of current favourites: eggs benedict (good, nice portion which sets you up for the whole day), american pancakes, and tomato mozzarella omelette. They will do a half-orange half-grapefruit juice without lifting an eyebrow and the food from the all-day menu is also delicious.
Added bonus, this is one of the most affordable places in the Kensington & Chelsea area: expect to pay no more than £25 for a full brunch for two people.

Aubaine
http://www.aubaine.co.uk/
260-262 Brompton Road, London SW3
This is where you can sometimes find me when I need to refuel prior to an appointment at Hari's, just across the road. Hubby dearest also likes it, I think he enjoys the French touch, reminds him of home...The most sought-after tables during the summer are the ones on the side-walk, otherwise if you're sitting inside by the window you can still enjoy seeing "le beau monde" pass by.
I love the salads and croissants here, and they make a great croque-monsieur. If you're feeling like treating someone, come here to the boulangerie, pick up a baguette and some french pastries and take everything home for a breakfast in bed feast. Be prepared though: prices here are "Brompton Cross prices"...


The Wolseley
http://www.thewolseley.com/
160 Piccadilly, London W1
This is a little further out of my neighbourhood, but I absolutely adore this place. It is a super cafe-brasserie set in an old automobile garage. They are famed for their high tea, of which I am also a fan, but I love brunch here, especially the bagel and lox which is absolutely to die for.
Come here for a special treat, with a group of girlfriends, you won't regret the experience.
Avoid if you're carrying a headache: the large volume of the space (super high ceilings) and the popularity means it is very noisy.

Other places I love: 202 in Notting Hill (see one of my posts on Notting Hill from 2009 for a full download), Raoul's also in Notting Hill, Le Pain Quotidien by High Street Kensington, and Smiths of Smithfields in Farringdon, but I'm always on the look out for new places for me to try out!

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