All posts tagged: brunch

A Rock N Roll Brunch at Hard Rock Cafe, London

As I’m sure most of you will know, brunch is one of my very favourite things to do at the weekend. I can often spend my working week daydreaming about a good helping of eggs and toast at one of my fave brunch spots. I tend to go somewhere fairly close to where we live (and there are a lot of great places, such as Mud and Brickwood) but when I was invited to the launch of the new brunch menu at Hard Rock Cafe, I ventured further into central London, early on a Sunday morning. I’d never been to Hard Rock Cafe in London. The only one I’d previously visited was in Hollywood, after a long flight from London. While I remember the food being good, I couldn’t really take advantage of the atmosphere and surroundings, as the impending jet lag was dragging me towards my bed. The impression I got, and had generally always had about the Hard Rock Cafe, was that it was more for the tourists than the locals. However, situated …

Brunch at Roux at The Landau

Tim and I have both been fans of the Roux family for a long time, having visited some of their restaurants (you can read my review of The Waterside here), and their cookbooks take up a substantial part of our bookcase! So when we were invited to brunch at Roux at The Landau, we knew it would be special! Roux at The Landau combines the talents of Albert and Michel Roux Jr, and Head Chef Oliver Boon. Situated inside The Langham, London, Roux at The Landau is a stunning circular shape, with large windows on one side bringing lots of light into the restaurant, which is where we were seated. We were greeted to the sound of a guitar player, playing gentle modern songs, which gave it a lovely ambience. As you can imagine, the service was impeccable, and within minutes we were served a glass of N.V Lenoble Brut, Cuvée Roux champagne each. To start with, Tim ordered the Brandy Scented Lobster Bisque and I chose the Wild Game Terrine, Chestnut, Pear, Rosemary Brioche and Foie …

Christmas Brekkies with Brioche Pasquier

If you can’t get hold of Tim and I on a Saturday or Sunday around 10/11am, the likeliness is we’re out at one of our favourite local breakfast spots! Christmas is a time of eating a LOT of food, and breakfast should be no exception. So much emphasis is placed on Christmas dinner, but I love to start the day right. We usually have smoked salmon on some form of bread (toast, bagel, croissant), sometimes with scrambled egg, and a healthy amount of bucks fizz! Brioche Pasquier sent me some of their yummy products to try out, which got me thinking about Christmas breakfasts in France and around the world. Brioche Pasquier (in case you hadn’t guessed by the name!) is a French company, started in 1936 by Gabriel Pasquier in a small village bakery in Les Cerqueux, France. Fast forward to 2015 and over 4 million Brioche Pasquier products are enjoyed every day! A French breakfast is one of my favourite kinds, with so many delicious pastries, cheese and chocolate. When I used to travel …

Brunch at Brickwood, Tooting

I’m sure you all know by now that I bloody love a good brunch, and if that includes a bloody good Bloody Mary, even better! We’ve been trying out some of the cafes and restaurants near where we live, the latest of which was Brickwood in Tooting Market. We’d visited it a few weeks before when we were looking for a quick coffee (and a cheeky slice of cake, ssshhhh!) which was when we realised they do a pretty amazing brunch, and knew we’d have to return soon! It was pretty packed on the Sunday morning we visited, but the staff were still really attentive and we were served quickly. We ordered a couple of flat whites to kick start the day, along with a Bloody Mary each. We were both seriously impressed with the latter – it was one of the best I’ve had, largely due to the cute extras it came with – bacon, a quail egg and what I took to be a mini hash brown. It was only around £4.00 and …

Breakfast at Cut The Mustard, Tooting

Recently I came across a cafe on Twitter called Cut The Mustard, which I realised was a short walk from our house in Tooting. It looked like the perfect breakfast spot, so one Saturday morning a few weeks ago, Tim and I went to try it out. Far away from the hustle and bustle of Tooting Broadway and Mitcham Road, Cut The Mustard is in a quiet residential area, where a few small shops and businesses are dotted along the road. It’s obviously a popular spot, and when we arrived the inside was pretty full, with young couples, friends and families. Luckily there were some tables outside, and it was just about warm enough to sit there, so we took a seat near to a big shelf of all kinds of breads and pastries. I loved the window display of the cafe – a treasure trove of foodie goodies, from food products to cookbooks and utensils. Cut The Mustard serves everything you could possibly want, including cooked breakfasts, pancakes, breads and pastries. As I’ve mentioned before …

Throwback Thursday: Counter Cafe, Hackney

This week’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ doesn’t refer to one visit in particular – it’s a local favourite of mine that I’ve been to many times. I’m selfishly also slightly reluctant to write about it, as it’s one of my favourite hidden gems. I remember when Time Out wrote about it last summer, and suddenly every weekend it was absolutely packed. But hey, I’ll be nice and share it with you all! The place I’m talking about is Counter Cafe in Hackney Wick. I went through a phase a year or so ago when I went on a mission to try out a new breakfast/brunch place in our area each weekend. Despite living in Bow for over 6 years, we hadn’t been to many places locally. Largely due to the fact that when we first moved in, there really wasn’t much nearby. But when the London Olympics took over Stratford, and Hackney started getting ‘cool’, lots more places opened up. One of these is Counter Cafe. It’s about a 10 minute walk from our flat and you would …

Breakfast at Foxcroft & Ginger, Whitechapel

Breakfast or brunch might just be my favourite meal of the day (provided it’s done right, of course, which usually means with plenty of meat and bread, in my case!) And there are lots of great spots to go for breakfast around where I live in East London. A while ago, I noticed a place called ‘Foxcroft & Ginger‘ in Whitechapel when I was passing on the bus, and had been meaning to give it a go. So when I was offered the chance to try out their breakfast last week, I was really looking forward to it.     You might not notice it during the day – it’s one of the many shops and restaurants on Mile End road. The reason I spotted it in the first place was because it was dark and the name was lit up in bright lights – it looked so cosy and inviting, but cool and a bit edgy at the same time. There’s also a Foxcroft & Ginger in Soho, which was the first to open …