07/05/2012

Brunch at The Electric Brasserie

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
London W11
0 207 908 9696
http://www.electricbrasserie.com

5 comments:

Majara said...

Hallo from Germany,
I was verry happy to meet you at Globetrotter. My beautyfull bag will every time remember me that i meet a Internetpromy in my 4 day at London :)
Sabine

Liebe Sandra, ganz liebe Grüße aus Deutschland. Ich habe mich sehr gefreut Dich bei Globetrotter zu treffen. Meine schöne Tasche wird mich immer daran erinnern das ich eine Prominente Dame aus dem Internet getroffen habe. Ich hoffe weiterhin auf viele Einträge hier von Dir und das nächste Mal treffen wir uns dann in Frankfurt bei Hermès ;)
Sabine

Jordan said...

I enjoy reading your posts on restaurant/shopping critiques, they help me plan for my one day trip to England.

LittleS said...

@Jordan, my pleasure! I'll try to do a bit more of these going forward!

@Sabine, it was an absolute pleasure to meet you the other day, very surprising as well! I hope you enjoyed your week-end in London!xx

sam said...

We have always taken our children for lunch/brunch with us from when they were babies ( In Europe you wouldn't dream of leaving the kids at home!!) it is so important that they learn to behave nicely in restaurants!! They are now 10/12 yrs and are a delight to hang out with!!
Good choice taking your baby to The Electric, they are used to babies/kids and they don't ignore them or you! One of my fave weekend hang outs!

LittleS said...

@Sam, I totally agree, babies need to start socialising early otherwise they find it really difficult to adjust when you try to take them out later. Yes they were totally lovely at The Electric, we had an amazing time.