I love a Bank Holiday week-end... Londoners drive to their country homes or fly off to short breaks abroad, leaving the city quiet and really pleasant. Suddenly busy restaurants are almost empty, so this morning we decided to go and have brunch at one of the hot spots we used to love before Monsieur Baby: The Electric Brasserie.
I had given up coming here on the basis of quite off-putting service, however I have to say that this time we were absolutely baffled by the quality and speed of the service, and our waiter even tried to play with Monsieur Baby. Quite a change from my last visit!
Located in the heart of Notting Hill on Portobello Road, this is a great place for brunches and lunches, serving great food. From what I know, it is one of the very few places in London that serves freshly squeezed orange juice in glasses bigger than shot glasses without charging you an extortionate amount of money!
We had eggs benedict which were delicious, and Monsieur Baby wolfed down his crumpets with a minute spread of nutella... I always smile politely when I'm told by my friends (with children or child-less!) that people should not take their children to restaurants, as they are an imposition to other customers: how do they expect children to learn to interact and behave socially if not from a young age? Plus, if you come prepared with toys, books and the odd Ipad full of cartoon downloads (when all else fails), and know not to overstretch it, you'll have a great time!
Otherwise what are you supposed to do? Leave the children to be minded by the cat and go out for brunch? Judging by the number of children in the brasserie this morning, we're not the only parents in London who feel this way, thankfully! Plus The Electric is quite a child-friendly place, with high chairs and plenty of menu choices which are easy for little ones, such as smoothies, pancakes, and yes, crumpets...
If you come here for brunch, make sure you make some time for shopping (or just browsing!) afterwards. A walk up Portobello Road or down Westbourne Grove is the perfect way to digest whilst taking in the views...
Have a lovely week everyone!
The Electric Brasserie
191 Portobello Road
0 207 908 9696