New all-day-eating-and-cocktailing-and-coffeeing-bar-slash-restaurant opened on the former site of The Ebury just off Sloane Square as No 11 Pimlico Road. You might have seen it featured quite heavily on the recent series of Made in Chelsea, but I was already keen to go due to some early rave reviews of the breakfasts.
I had the grilled field mushrooms on sourdough toast with parsley butter (£6) and asked for it to come with two poached eggs on the side – my date plumped for the double eggs benedict (£9.95). Frustratingly, our eggs were completely overcooked and not runny – we mentioned it to the waitress and she kindly asked if we wanted to send it back and get new ones, but as we were hungry (and in fairness, a bit hungover) we decided to stick with it rather than wait. Despite the unfortunate egg situation, we both agreed they were two of the best breakfasts we’ve had in London (and we eat a lot of breakfast). My date thinks of himself as a bit of an eggs benedict connoisseur and found the addition of the avocado and spinach under the eggs to be a welcome twist on the classic. My mushrooms were incredibly moorish, and very powerful in flavour. The sourdough bread was absolutely perfect.
We absolutely loved the jug of House Lemonade we had – we opted for the “pink grapefruit juice and ginger” option. All of them are made with a home made lemon sherbert and it was the most refreshing thing I’ve had in a long time – absolutely perfect for a morning after the night before.
The interior is designed a little bit like someone has taken every single pinterest décor board ever made, and vomitted them over one large open plan room. Despite that, it’s incredibly cosy and welcoming, and it actually looks quite cool – I really like it. It was the perfect location for a brunch date, and the impressive bar in the middle would, I’m sure, make it a pretty good evening option too.
It was a shame about the eggs (it really is the most critical aspect of the breakfast to get right) but despite that, this was really excellent food. I can’t wait to go back and try the Sunday roast and evening menus if this is the standard you can expect across the board. If I had one complaint, it would be that we might have expected the waitress to be a touch more apologetic about the eggs when we were paying the bill – given two of the eggs had been a side order (and therefore we were paying extra for them.)
GO THERE IF…
You want to try what is definitely one of London’s best brunches.
DON’T GO THERE IF…
You want a greasy spoon style fry up.
IF YOU’RE PRETENDING TO HAVE BEEN THERE DON’T FORGET TO MENTION
Despite the very grown up design and all day drinking vibe they have a “little people” menu, so a great place to meet for lunch if you have friends with children.
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