How do you like your eggs in the morning...?
With breakfast and brunch one of the biggest growing trends in the UK dining scene, especially in London, we take a look at some of the more interesting restaurants delivering an experience beyond eggs benedict and bacon sandwiches.
Nearly half of UK adults eat out at breakfast, up 6% on last year, and the average consumer buys breakfast out of home 2.3 times a month – a huge increase of 27% vs last year. Compared to 2014, consumers are no longer looking for the familiarity of a venue, visiting somewhere time and time again out of loyalty. Their primary concern is for quality food that tastes great (34%), indicating that they are up for new experiences and flavours.
With that in mind, we have derived the ‘Hubbie top 5 unusual breakfast/brunch spots’. With this diverse selection, you’ll never want to skip breakfast again!
Duck and Waffle (duckandwaffle.com)
Perhaps kick-starting the UK brunch culture, Duck and Waffle made its debut onto the London restaurant scene back in summer 2012, and despite huge competition from new openings, this 24/7 dining experience, with a view, is still one of the best. Try the signature dish – Duck & Waffle – crispy confit duck leg, served on a fresh waffle with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup.
With locations in Covent Garden, Shoreditch and its newest launch in King’s Cross, Dishoom is one of the liveliest venues to experience brunch in London. With the buzz of a busy Bombay café, Dishoom delivers traditional, yet elegant Indian cuisine, and although Indian for breakfast may seem a little odd, it is renowned for its inventive offering. Try a twist on the traditional, with a bacon and egg naan, or banana chai porridge.
With health high on the agenda, you may wish to avoid the heavy Full English and check out this trendy spot in Notting Hill, specialising in healthy, nutritious and wholesome raw vegan food. Although small, Nama’ s breakfast menu delivers bags of flavour, from walnut pancakes and banana ice cream, to buckwheat granola and a savoury zucchini crepe with tomato relish.
Located in the increasingly foodie hotspot of Kings Cross Granary, Caravan’s brunch menu offers something for everyone. From the traditional baked goods, cereals and an ‘on toast’ selection, the real stars are among the restaurant’s hot offering. Ones to look out for include, the Jalapeño corn bread with fried eggs, black beans, guindilla pepper and the baked eggs with a tomato pepper ragout and merguez sausage.
Looking for the touch of South America in your breakfast offering, then Pachamama is the place to go, taking inspiration from traditional Peruvian dishes with a touch of British style. Top dishes include smoked brisket with plantain hash, brown crab and yucca churros, quinoa waffles with bacon and salmon, beetroot and avocado ceviche.
*All data: MC Allegra Foodservice Eating Out Report Q1 2015