I’ve said it time and time again, but brunch has just really never been my thing. A meal which can’t decide if it wants to be breakfast or lunch and served from around 11am until 3pm. But that’s changing. They’re spreading from Sunday’s to Saturdays. They’re becoming much more boozier, lasting much later than 3pm and my most recent discovery has instantly converted me into a brunch aficionado – The Sunday Brunch at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen.
But this is no ordinary brunch. For the foreseeable Sunday, Lowndes Bar & Kitchen has teamed up with Belgravia Books on Ebury Street to launch ‘Book and Brunch Sundays’. A fabulous new way to make brunch that little bit more exciting with the promise of a new book every month and the option to sip on bottomless bubbles. With prices for brunch starting at just £25, it’s a bit of a bargain if you ask me and our book, The Gustav Sonata was believe it or not something I read about recently and wanted to read – what are the chances!
The Sunday menu here is split into two sections as part of the two courses. ‘Short Stories’ and ‘Great Works’. From the great works section we dived into a fresh fruit platter. Admittedly I was expecting it to be ordinary, but it was anything but. Very fresh, very fruity and complimented by a scoop of dark berry sorbet which was excellent. My only negative was the melon – a little too hard to be served. The ripeness of the strawberries soon made up for that.
We were actually a little naughty and mixed and matched our short stories and great works. Deciding that we needed just a little more calories in our life. With that came the caramelised frittata and a delicious one at that. Made up of vegetables, courgettes, red onions, feta cheese and spicy chorizo sausage. Very perfect looking but I can assure you that flavour wise it had all the rusticness we were hoping for and tons of flavour going on. It was actually rather perfect.
The salmon pancakes weren’t quite what I expected too. These pancakes were more like crepes and were rolled, filled with free range scrambled eggs, flakes of Scottish smoked salmon and drizzled with hollandaise sauce and aged Parmesan cheese. Light, rich and oh-so delicious. The perfect brunch dish if you will.
There isn’t quite such a thing as brunch dessert here, but if you’re like me and getting used to the whole brunch experience – you’ll want to finish up on something sweet. We did with the absolutely sunning stacked brioche French toast stack. Topped with sautéed bananas, caramel sauce and Cornish clotted cream – it was utter heaven. We had to ask for a little more caramel sauce, but that was mostly to satisfy my obsessive sweet tooth craving. It really was as good as it looked.
With free-flowing Prosecco being poured throughout our late brunch afternoon at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen – this really was a success and a revelation on my part. The food was excellent, the service was absolutely perfect and the Prosecco tasted as if it was of quality – not the cheap kind served almost everywhere else. It’s not a question of will we return – but instead when! Especially as we’re just a few minutes walk away.