This practice is by no means unique to the antipodes, however a culture of excellent coffee and inventive breakfast menus combined with healthy competition has resulted in a consistently high standard.
In London the dominance of the full English at the local greasy spoon has given way to a gradual rise in quality and there are now more places than ever in the east to enjoy a fabulous and tasty brunch whilst dodging a hangover. Morning remedies are now dished up by the likes of The Breakfast Club, The Book Club, Leila’s and, as I recently discovered, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen.
|Hot Cross Buns - courtesy of Kenny the Baker|
Greeted at the door by our host Angela from Fifteen, we were swiftly guided to our table where freshly pulled espresso and oven fresh hot cross buns awaited us. This impressive welcome was swiftly followed by dishes from the brunch menu.
|Perfect poached eggs|
After thoroughly stuffing ourselves, we were given a guided tour around the entire restaurant and introduced to a few of the personalities who make this landmark establishment tick. With a heavy stomach and clear head I stepped back into the pouring rain much happier. The combination of hot coffee, fresh baking and bacon had quickly evaporated any remaining pain from the night before.
The brunch at Fifteen sets a high standard for other establishments to aspire towards. I foresee a greater proportion of my Saturday mornings dedicated to exploring offerings across the capital.
Tuck & Vine ate as a guest of Fifteen