…Or preferably just before the weekend is over. Because what’s a weekend without brunch? And what’s a Saturday without eggs? Or a Sunday for that matter? In fact, why do we even bother with lunch these days?
1. Dishoom, multiple locations
Based on the 1960s Irani cafes in Bombay, stepping into Dishoom is like falling into a treasure chest of Indian spices, hanging plants, sepia photos and Persian artefacts. There’s something magical about the place: the interior feels almost off-kilter but in that Wes Anderson way that puts a smile on your face and offsets your imagination. In fact, everything about Dishoom encourages you to stay longer, from the free refills of House Chai to the unlimited access to the Chai-Fi (Wifi – see, you’re smiling already).
On the breakfast menu, an absolute must-try is the bacon naan roll: light puffy naan bread surrounds layers of crispy sugar cured bacon, melting cream cheese, coriander and chilli tomato jam. It quite literally laughs in the face of the British bacon buttie. Get a breakfast lassi on the side – or The Bloody Mary, if you’re after a bit more punch – and you’ll be in Heaven. At Dishoom, there’s something for everyone and anyone is welcome. And for that reason, I think I’ll get another refill.
Dishoom is in Shoreditch, Kings Cross and Covent Garden. For more information, visit their website.
2. The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell
There’s something about eating brunch at The Modern Pantry on a Saturday morning, facing out onto St John’s Square, that makes a girl love London all over again. It’s like eating at your trendiest friend’s refurbished house, except we can safely assure you that this friend cooks a lot better than anyone you normally roll with. So who’s behind it all? Anna Hansen – queen of fusion cooking and creator of the famous sugar-cured prawn omelette: one of the best things that has ever happened to a broken egg.
On the weekend, the brunch menu grows in size – and yes, it includes desserts too. From cinder toffee ice cream to the prettiest plate of raspberry parfait and manuka honey cake, the list is extensive. And everyone knows pudding for breakfast is the only way to start the weekend.
47-48 St John’s Square
3. Egg Break, Notting Hill
Guess what? There’s eggs on the menu at Egg Break. And when we say eggs, we don’t just mean the ‘done any way’ kind. We mean done every way: ways that you didn’t even know were possible. Poached at 63 degrees alongside farro, feta and sorrel pesto or thrown into pork belly carbonara – you name it, they do it.
A delicious selection of fried egg baps will cure any hangover (and then some). Try the fried chicken and egg bap if you’re after something downright dirty or if clean living is more your thing, there’s plenty of organic cold press juices to choose from and an avocado on toast that will set your Instagram alight. I’m going to refrain from using an egg pun here – just go.
30 Uxbridge St