Some years ago (about 3) I got on a plane to New York City to spend 5 months as an intern in a particularly swanky hotel. I had never been to the US before and was quite excited, and also a bit worried. Fast forward a couple of months; I worked hard, got up at 5am every day for 5 months, got yelled at, complimented, spent all my money and ate fried food every week and never had a week end off. True story. But what I learned is how important brunch is to the New Yorkers. At the hotel I worked/slaved we would serve an amazing brunch on both Saturday and Sunday and we were always fully booked because it is really true, the people of New York City love to brunch. And I, of course, love to brunch too. And as I was always working when brunch time came around, I try to make up for it by having brunch as often as I can. A little while back we went to Roka and this week we went to One Blenheim Terrace in St Johns Wood.
So brunch, let's get to know each other. We were having a 5 course tasting menu which started with a glass of mimosa and a mini banana shot and a fruit skewer as a little appetiser. I was hungry when we arrived and definitely ready for the welsh rarebit with ale chutney. Generally this is posh cheese on toast, but I am on board because it was good! Next up was eggs florentine, or rather egg florentine.
Have.A.Look.At.This. Generally I go for traditional eggs Benedict, but I can get on board with this gooey florentines and the serious amount of hollandaise sauce that were placed on top.
I have to admit I was starting to feel my body asking for a little food break after the egg, but can you really turn down a blueberry pancake with maple syrup? Didn't think so. Not too sweet, not too big, crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy inside. We were meant for each other. But after the pancake I had to admit defeat and give in to a little water break. We chatted away, talked about our wedding, made some fun plans and I was fooled into promising to do laundry when we got back home. And then suddenly I thought I could do with a coffee, and the last course of the day: a brownie. Served in a stripy paper bag (I love something a little different) this was a really nice treat with my coffee, although I will be honest: I have had better brownies. I don't mean that this one wasn't good, it just wasn't AMAZING, and following that blueberry pancake was not easy, not even for a mind blowing brownie.
Yep, that was it, our 5 course brunch. Happy Sunday people!
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x