Top 4 'Darling-Let's-Do' Brunch
Written by: Violet Myers
Brunch is for sure the new lunch. Forget dinner and breakfast, they’ve been demoted to like elevenses or something.
We’re all about getting up late, skipping the Weetabix and soaking up our hangovers with a loaf of locally sourced sourdough. If the menu’s not teaming with eggs, smashed avocado and optional lashings of hard booze we’re not biting. We know what we like and when we want it, and it’s somewhere between eleven and three…
Yet again we have put our waistlines to breaking point and made our bikini body dreams a distant memory to find out who’s combining breakfast with lunch like a boss in North London.
Maison D’etre’s Bircher Muesli
With homemade almond milk, coconut yogurt, vanilla, pink apple, raspberry, orange & pistachio crumble.
Where does it fall on the brek-ter scale?: This classy little dish is definitely leaning more on the ‘BR’ part of brunch. It’s sweet, creamy and makes your mum’s porridge look like Aldi’s own brand Ready Brek.
Pretty as: The girl who bullied you in high school, but unlike Kelly and her unrelenting ‘child of Satan’ thing she had going on, this bowl is beautiful inside and out, with seasonal and sustainable ingredients.
Avocado count: An absolute avo-no-zone. If you really can’t go one meal without a slither of the green stuff, Maison D’etre offer an equally tasty avocado toast with beetroot chips.
Hangover cure?: It may soak up a couple of chardonnay’s with the girls from PR, but be warned, this dainty brekkie won’t even touch the sides after a mad one with the lads.
Maison D’etre, 154 Canonbury Rd, N1 2UP
Frank’s Canteen’s Earl Grey Smoked Salmon
With crushed hot new potatoes & watercress, poached egg, lemon & tarragon crème fraiche dressing.
Where does it fall on the brek-ter scale?: This plate packs a major protein punch and definitely on the lunch side of the ring.
Pretty as: Your best mate’s mum after a dry spell. The perfectly poached egg will go down in history as one of our planet’s greatest achievements, just behind inventing the wheel and keeping Betty White alive.
Avocado count: Not even a smudge, didn’t even miss it.
Hangover cure?: This is more like it, this hearty helping is sure to help with some of the shame from last night’s large one.
Frank’s Canteen, 86 Highbury Park, N5 2XE
Fink’s Salt and Sweet’s Cinnamon Bacon Toast
Challah bread cinnamon toast with crispy bacon, sour cream and maple syrup.
Where does it fall on the brek-ter scale?: The sweet cinnamon toast pulls it over to the breakfast side of things while the crunchy bacon pulls it back for lunch. It’s bang in the middle, the perfect mid-morning meal.
Pretty as: A Swedish volleyball team, hot damm look at that pile of bacon.
Avocado count: Again busting the myth that brunch just isn’t brunch without piling on the green and healthy. We’re keeping it all different shades of brown with this indulgent little number, don’t tell momma.
Hangover cure?: You hit on your boss’s underage son, got kicked out of the club before 10pm, threw up in the taxi home and broke every commandment in the book, not counting pride of course. But this pile of creamy, meaty, carby deliciousness will make you feel like it’s all OK again… It’s not though, you really are a terrible person.
Fink’s Salt and Sweet, 70 Mountgrove Road, N5 2LT
The Haberdashery’s Vegan Breakfast
Scrambled spiced tofu, polenta, avocado, confit tomato, spinach, mushroom and sourdough toast.
Where does it fall on the brek-ter scale?: The closest we’ve had to the hearty English breakfast. Although, instead of some bloke named Barry who drives a van and has his with plenty of HP, this ultra-swish vegan feast is more an Elijahh (with an extra H) who rides a fixie and knows bottled sauces are full of processed sugar.
Pretty as: The first rays of Spring peeking through a canopy of trees… Or something manly like a pair of boobs covered in beer and nachos.
Avocado count: One wonderfully ripe portion of avo nestled sweetly under that big old slice of polenta, well vegans love fat too.
Hangover cure?: Even if you literally have no idea where or who you are after last night’s fiasco, not to mention whose toe ring you’re wearing, this generous plate will have you on the road to recovery.
The Haberdashery, 22 Middle Lane, N8 8PL
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