It’s halloumi six different ways at this brunch (also known as heaven).
Hallou, is it mi you’re looking for? (Yes. Always yes.) Cyprus’ favourite cheese also happens to be one of our biggest vices, so news of a halloumi bottomless brunch is music to our ears. Soho restaurant Las Banderas, in partnership with the Cyprus Tourist Organisation, will be launching the brunch on October 22nd, and we simply cannot wait.
If this sounds vaguely familiar, that’s because 2017 saw a halloumi restaurant set up shop in Hoxton. The same chefs behind that pop-up have designed the brunch menu, which means the biggest change from year to year is the addition of bottomless drinks. (Which is obviously a big step up.) You’ve got 90 minutes to sup on as many fig and Campari spritzes and harissa Bloody Marys as you can, and generally enjoy a bit of respite from all that cheese.
Trust me, there’s a lot of cheese. Six dishes are on the menu, and they all heavily feature halloumi: croque cypresea (a halloumi and pork belly stuffed sandwich), halloumi pitta, a halloumi sandwich, halloumi aubergine pancake, fondue with eggs and soldiers, and finally, a halloumi ice cream with waffles and strawberries. Hot damn, that’s a lot of cheese! Side note: if halloumi ice cream is as delicious as it was last time, I think London may just have found its new addiction.
The aim (apart from eating your body weight in cheese) is to showcase the cheese and encourage tourism to Cyprus. Bribing me with halloumi, eh? It ain’t subtle, but I can’t help but think it might be working…
Find the brunch at Las Banderas Soho, 68-70 Wardour Street, W1F 0TB, between October 22nd and November 18th. One bottomless drink and one plate will set you back £32. Book your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.