Sunday brunch has become such a London institution, you can’t move for cafes shouting about avocado on toast and flat whites from the rooftops. But, ubiquity does not often equate with quality, and there’s nothing more disappointing than a mediocre meal. So, we’ve chosen five of the very best spots in town for Sunday brunches with a difference. Try one of these and you’ll never look at poached eggs the same way again.
1. Where The Pancakes Are
A stack of pancakes to start the day? Why not. Sweet or savoury, they’re the kind of comfort food that Sundays call for. Where The Pancakes Are is an independent pancake house based tucked away on the edge of Borough Market. Dedicated to all things made with batter, they fuse together the traditional art of pancake mixing with modern foodie trends, which makes for a truly moorish menu. From a classic stack of American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, to its signature Dutch Babies (sweet Yorkshire puddings filled with a choice of toppings) Where The Pancakes Are is the kind of brunch destination that’ll leave you smiling – and seriously stuffed.
2. The Good Egg
Bagels don’t get better than this. Founded in 2015 by three chefs, Joel Braham, Alex Coppard and Oded Mizrachi, The Good Egg is the restaurant to know for your Jewish comfort food fix. With a vibrant menu inspired by the best of Montreal’s Jewish foodie culture, as well as Tel Aviv’s buzzing street food scene, it offers contemporary takes on classic recipes. The Jerusalem Breakfast pays homage to the city’s iconic food scene, featuring dishes of beets and dill, lebneh, fried eggs, crispy halloumi and whipped feta. Or you could go for one of the brisket or smoked fish hashes – heaped onto sourdough and served with crispy potatoes and fried eggs – they’re difficult to resist. Follow all this up with a babka or rugelach and you’ll be set up for the day.
3. Ned’s Sunday Feast at The Ned
London just couldn’t get enough of The Ned when it opened last year, and its allure hasn’t waned yet. And, like most things, the hotel takes Sunday brunch to another level. Kick back in the glamorous surroundings of the hotel’s ground floor of an afternoon and settle in to Ned’s Sunday Feast. For £45 a head, you can eat as much as you like from a menu that includes lobster and oysters, breakfast dishes, roasts, salads and an extensive range of desserts. Yes, that’s all you can eat, plus a glass of prosecco on arrival – impressive, no? Take our advice: go slow and wear comfortable trousers.
£45 per person, excluding other drinks, thened.com
Opened in May 2016 by Sam and Samantha Clark, the duo behind Moro in Exmouth Market, Morito in Hackney is just the place to head to on a relaxed Sunday after a wander down the canal. Yes, it’s tapas, but think beyond patatas bravas; the Clarks have infused their dishes with North African and Eastern Mediterranean flavours that complement traditional southern Spanish fare. For brunch, the menu is a tantalising mix of East and West: beghrir (Moroccan pancakes) with fresh goat’s curd and thyme honey; Turkish menemem eggs with sujuk sausage; huevos rotos with peppers, smoked paprika and chorizo. These are plates to share, but if you’re anything like us you’ll keep them mostly for yourself.
5. Flesh & Buns
Looking for something a bit different from eggs and bacon? Enter Flesh & Buns, the Izakaya spin-off of ramen-obsessed restaurant group Bone Daddies. Izakaya is the Japanese equivalent of a pub, where alcohol is served alongside tasty food in an informal setting. At Flesh & Buns, this means delicious steamed buns and sushi dishes, which on Sundays are served with all-you-can-drink red or white wine, or prosecco. It’s the perfect place to carry on where you left off on Saturday night – and, even better, there’s not an avocado in sight.
From £39 per person, bonedaddies.com