I can recall a time when brunch in London was simply a choice between a full english or poached eggs on toast. Before avocado became fashionable, before alcohol was consumed before midday and most certainly before sushi was classed as brunch – though I’m so glad the latter happened. One of the newest and hottest brunch spots in London is the rather fabulous
Devonshire Club in the City of London. Nestled away just a few minutes from Liverpool Street station and with interiors to make you gasp.
Step a little further inside this gorgeous hotel and you’ll discover ready-made rooms destined to be shown off on Instagram. It was feeling very festive too and I could easily imagine myself wasting an afternoon away in this stunning garden room lounge which extends onto an outside terrace – perfect for the Summer months.
We were dining in the club’s Brasserie which offers a menu of British classics with subtle hints of Japanese and a very well-curated wine list. Though we were here to try out this restaurants newest addition – Sushi in the City Brunch. Of course no brunch is complete without bottomless bubbles and here it’s offered for an extra £15 for Prosecco or £30 for Champagne.
For just £50pp this brunch offers everything you see pictured in this article which I’m sure you’ll agree is quite a substantial amount of food and also the quality at the price is excellent. We started with Victors sushi & sashimi bonanza. The fish was as I mentioned of excellent quality, the accompanying dips were exciting and the liquid nitrogen smoke made for a lovely bit of theatrics. It arrived with some pickled raw vegetables which we loved, especially when dipped into the truffle & ponzu dip.
Better still was the that selection of delicious sushi. A generous portion to share of four pieces of nigiri and some lovely maki rolls, one filled with crab & avocado, the other with salmon, avocado and cream cheese. The in-house sushi chef freshly makes everything right in front of you so grab a seat close by to watch the magic unfold.
The roast pork belly, chilli and coriander ramen was more of a filler I felt for this brunch, but still every bit lovely and the broth had a good depth to it. Better still was the seafood and vegetable tempura. I especially liked those perfectly cooked king prawns and juicy soft shell crab. Light, crispy and delicious.
More food continued and with my two favourite dishes from the brunch. DC signature crispy duck with pomegranate salad and miso blackened cod. The latter was so good in fact it should be the signature of this restaurant. Juicy, soft, well-marinated and oh-so flaky.
We finished with a pot of tea and a good helping of refreshing mochi before stumbling back outside after a few too many glasses of Champagne. I loved my visit to the Devonshire Club and thought its brunch offering was not only fantastic, but great value – paired with some excellent service. If you love Japanese food and Champagne just as much as I do then the only thing you should be doing right now is booking a table. And maybe even an overnight stay (or club membership).
NB: I was invited to review. All views are as always, my own. My views are not influenced by anyone other than my own palate and slightly poor eyesight.