Showing posts with label brunch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label brunch. Show all posts

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Basque brunch at Eneko, London

Eneko at One Aldwych

Last year one of the best meals I ate was at Eneko by three Michelin-starred chef Eneko Atxa whose culinary inspiration comes from his hometown of Bilbao, with this in mind Chef Eneko has created one of London’s first and finest  Basque brunches.  Having just got back from the Basque Country myself, where I ate my weight in food and more, I was elated to sample more of this fabulous cuisine back home.  I loved Eneko the first time, read here,  but would I still love it the second time round?

It's an exciting menu with some of the dishes from the main menu and some new intriguing and stimulating dishes.  The kind of menu that makes you want to discover more and taste Basque cuisine.

The brunch menu at Eneko at One Aldwych is divided by four Basque culinary styles – Euskal Azoka (street food), Gallinero (eggs), Txoko (classics) and Asador (grill).

You can choose a la carte or tasting menu which consists of 5 dishes, tea and coffee at £50/head plus drinks.

We decided to go a la carte with three courses and bottle of delicious bottle of Cava Mas Macia from Penedes, a fresh, creamy and lively  Cava with intricate flavours of stone fruits, apple and some nutty, yeasty notes. Good acidity and a long, savoury finish.

The wine list is made up entirely by Spanish wines including four from Eneko’s family winery, Gorka Izagirre.

Food options are intended to be mixed, matched and share.  There's something for everyone. Brunch at Eneko at One Aldwych is available every weekend. Great way to spend with family and friends around the table, with good food, drinks, excellent and knowledgeable service.  The place is casual and yet elegant.

Our meal was delicious, and we lingered over the food not wanting the brunch ever to finish, but eventually it did.   Yes, I still love this place! 

Brunch at Eneko

Golden Mary / Spiced vodka, golden tomato juice, celery foam

 Oxtail on Milk Bread / Slow-cooked oxtail, Idiazabal cheese  and
Cerdito Caliente “Hot Hog” / Iberico ham, mushroom duxelle, Basque muffin

Egg Yolks Tempura - intense vegetable confit and the most incredible  bright yolk

Egg Yolks Tempura / Creamy potatoes, confit vegetables

Txuleta / Basque-style  juicy and tender prime rib of beef, excellent spring onion salad and skinny fries

Salted caramel mousse, cookie crumble - great textures every bit as delicious as the description!

Pineapple sorbet and foam, sweet celery ribbons - intriguing, refreshing and tasty

Saturday 11.30am-2.30pm
Sunday  11.30am-3.30pm
Book : or call +44 (0)20 7300 0300
Walk-ins are also welcome.

Eneko at One Aldwych
One Aldwych
London WC2B 4BZ
T: 020 7300 0300

Disclosure: I was a guest of Eneko at One Aldwych. All views are my own. 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Beany Green Romance Cafe in Little Venice

Beany Green Romance’s cool canal-side coffee shop in Little Venice is an ideal way to spend an Aussie-style Bottomless Brunch.
When we visited the place, it was a Saturday and it was busy with only a couple of tables empty and things didn't die down till about 2.30pm.  Despite being very busy, the service was friendly and accommodating.  It's an on the bar service, expect a bit of queue before you get your order in.

The venue offers a fantastic revitalising and 'hangover cure' weekend brunch. Situated by the canal in Little Venice, Beany Green Romance Cafe has extended their all-day breakfast throughout the week.
The menu is comprehensive and caters for gluten-free and vegetarians. The ingredients are either organic or free-range,  of high-quality,  healthy grains, fresh fruits, and sweet treats. 

An extensive range of cold and hot drinks are available.  Their coffee is roasted by The Roasting Party in Winchester. Alcohol is also on offer for the die hards!


Our brunch was delicious; I did what I always do -  looked at other tables dishes, before making my decision. The portions were very generous.  There's a 2 hours maximum for the Bottomless brunch, and the whole table must order it.

SUMMER PORRIDGE (Gluten Free*) £8.6
Coconut, Quinoa, Chia & Flaxseed Porridge with Fresh Berries, Activated Almonds, Candied Seeds, Freeze Dried Berries, Flowers & Bee Pollen

Two slices of our Award Winning Banana
Bread loaded w Mascarpone, Fresh
Berries, Flaked Almonds & Honey

Served with Thick Greek Yogurt, Fresh & Freeze Dried Berries, Griddled Mango, Shaved Coconut, Bee Pollen & Pure Maple

Poached Free Range Eggs, Back Bacon, Sausage, Mushrooms, House Made Chilli Pesto & Avocado on Organic Cold Fermented Activated Charcoal Sourdough

 From 10am Mon-Sat
 From Noon on Sundays
£35 per person
- ONE HOT Item
Available for the whole table
only, for a maximum of 2 hours

 Disclosure: I was a guest of Beany Green Romance Cafe - All views are my own

Sunday, 6 February 2011

The Breakfast Club

It was Saturday evening  and I was craving for some nice sweet and tea like kind of treats. I searched the net and I found The Breakfast Club, a pop-up brunch in the heart of Brixton. The next event was taking place the very next  afternoon. Was I too late to book? I contacted Rachel who kindly fitted me in last minute.  
My first hidden, pop-up tea/brunch experience I was very excited. I thought It was peculiar going to a complete stranger’s house, unlike The London Foodie,  I’ve never had any contact with Rachel before.  The place is very accessible by public transport. Brunch starts at 2.30pm. Rachel laid a beautiful table full of lovely treats. It looked like a scene straight out of a fairytale story. It was gorgeous!  All food at Rachel's afternoon tea are freshly made and locally sourced. There were 10 of us sitting around a big square table in her kitchen. From the flat windows you can see a couple of Brixton’s landmarks.  Rachel and Kat, her helper for the afternoon, sat with us at the end of brunch for a chat and a glass of bubbly (BYOB). It was a fantastic experience! The guests were lovely too! There were a couple of funny moments… Let’s put this way, London is very small,  careful what you say, we laughed a lot! Tip: don't eat a big breakfast in the morning.
The menu:
Earl Grey Tea
English Tea
Darjeeling & Peach iced tea

Sandwiches on delicious homemade bread:
egg mayo on oat soda bread
smoked mackerel with dill and caper cream cheese on soft, white bread.

 Bite size pumpkin pancakes with chorizo and crème fraîche

Freshly baked scones, clotted cream and good jams
Pistachio and Grapefruit Macarrons

And the star of the afternoon :  coconut and lime cake


Highly recommended mouthful of freshly made food. 
For recipes click the links.

 For more info and reviews contact Rachel

Sunday, 23 January 2011

I had a cowboy at Bread Etcetera

There's nothing better than to have brunch at a lovely place on a cold crisp Sunday morning. Breads Etcetera is a delightful little corner bakery inside Brixton Village.The smell of toast coming from the table takes over the corridors of the arcade. You can't  possibly ignore the lovely display of organic sourdough artisian breads handmade in the premises. Every single table outside has it's own old fashioned looking Dualit toaster for ‘DIY toast’ and blanket for the cold days. Inside you help yourself from a selection of spreads like Nutella, peanut buttler, Marmite, honey, a variety of jams, marmalade and butter. On Sundays they serve brunch with side orders (eggs x 2 per portion, beans, wild mushrooms, the cowboy etc)  price starts at £1.50/each to go with a selection of freshly baked bread. The cafe serves freshly roasted coffees and a lovely looking hot chocolate. 

The service is very welcoming and cheery.  As soon as you arrive, they ask if you suffer of any allergies and cater to your every need. Nina and Daniel,  two of the three Australian owners,  are very charming and attentive hosts. Daniel and his trusted assistant were kneading bread when I arrived for a Saturday afternoon coffee. I liked it so much I went back on Sunday for brunch we had the soft boiled egg and a cowboy (Cannelli beans, made in the premises tomato sauce, and Cumberland sausages) They also have cakes, muffins etc for all sweet teeth out there.

Kneading bread in the premises

Sunday brunch menu
The cowboy made in the premises - taste better than it looks!
Breads Etcetera is now recognised as a multiple award-winning bakery, producing a wide variety of organic genuine sourdough bread and cakes.
At the heart of their uncompromising philosophy is the belief that “intuitive baking with natural ingredients is the best way of producing great bread”.

Breads Etcetera is situated inside of Brixton Village, this famous market is part of an exciting regeneration programme involving arts projects and special events, offering a fantastic variety of  international food, from Asia, the West Indies, Africa and South America, including dried fish, plantain, yams, dried herbs and giant snails. Fresh fish shops sell exotic fish from all over the world. This spacious and airy 1930's building also has a music shop selling gospel and reggae, a tattoo studio, African textiles, Chinese herbal medicine, hip cafes, restaurants, jewelery, fashion and vintage clothes.
Lovely way to start or finish your day.
Hot Chocolate

Their first branch is in Clapham High Street opened 5 years ago. 

Brixton branch opening times:
Monday - closed
Tuesday - Wednesday : 8am-5pm
Thursday - Friday : 8am - 10pm (pizza and calzone in the evening)
Saturday : 8am - 6pm
Sunday :  9am - 4pm (full brunch)

Brixton Village
Coldharbour Lane

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Spiced Prawn Soup by Hix

After all the Christmas celebrations something different to eat for brunch or supper. This recipe is delicious and stress free! 
Serves 4-6 
A good knob of butter
500g cooked shrimps or prawns in the shell or prawn shells
1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1 leek, roughly chopped and washed
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1tsp fennel seeds – I left this out of the recipe
A good pinch of saffron
1 bay leaf
A few sprigs of thyme
1tbsp tomato purée
100ml white wine
80g pudding rice or any rice available
2 litres fish stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium chilli, finely chopped
A piece of root ginger weighing about 40g, scraped and grated or finely chopped
2tbsp chopped coriander 

Tips:- Gluten, diary and wheat free : replace butter for goats butter or olive oil. Use brown rice.

Melt the butter in a large, thick-bottomed pan and gently cook the prawns, onion, leek, garlic, fennel seeds, saffron, bay leaf and thyme for 4-5 minutes with a lid on, stirring every so often. Add the tomato purée, white wine, rice and fish stock, season and bring to the boil.
Simmer very gently for 1 hour, then blend in a liquidiser until smooth and strain through a fine sieve.
Add the chilli and ginger and simmer gently for about 10 minutes and re-season if necessary.
Stir in the coriander and serve. 

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