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Best brunch: East London edition

East Londoners! Whether you are looking for a casual brunch on a Saturday morning accompanied by some people-watching and good company, or a more upbeat bottomless brunch experience with the girls whom you haven’t seen in weeks, we have got you covered with our run down of where to get the best East London brunch.

Sarah Sullivan
Sarah Sullivan
June 23, 2022

East Londoners! Whether you are looking for a casual brunch on a Saturday morning accompanied by some people-watching and good company, or a more upbeat bottomless brunch experience with the girls whom you haven’t seen in weeks, we have got you covered with our run down of where to get the best East London brunch.

1. Duck and Waffle

For a brunch with a view and the ultimate opportunity to see London from one place, this is the one for you. If you are brave enough, ride the elevator to the 40th floor of Heron Tower for some post-sunrise views to accompany your brunch thanks to their early open (6am on Saturday and Sunday). Late riser? Don’t worry, they will be serving their Duck & Waffle or “The Full Elvis” (imagine all the PB and banana) until 4:30pm. With an extensive savoury, sweet and even dedicated egg menu, there are options for everyone (vegan, vegetarian, and gluten conscious options available to accommodate all dietary preferences!) View the menu and book now here.

2. Brother Marcus

With 3 locations (Borough Yards, Angel and Spitalfields), this hot spot offers a unique twist on brunch that is far from your traditional fry up, where their Eastern Mediterranean version includes fluffy pitta and Merguez sausage. For those who are more inclined to indulge their sweet tooth in the morning then coconut and duck egg custard French brioche, topped with bacon floss and sugar syrup, would tick that box, but pistachio baklava and more treats are also availed over the counter if you’d rather a sweet treat after your main meal. Bottomless brunch is available here, with Prosecco, Bellini’s, Bloody Marys, Mimosa, and Beers flowing free for up to 90 minutes. You will have to get their early on a weekend though, as it is walk in only! Menu available here.

3. Palætte London

This Hackney spot has to be on the list for their beautiful Mediterranean cuisine that looks like it has come straight out of an instagram feed. Co-owner Gunes Alkan’s background in architecture shines through in pancakes and French toast stacked high, although they won’t stay structurally sound for long as we have no doubt you will have them demolished in minutes. For those who prefer a savoury brunch (crazy I know), then look no further than the ‘fried, scrambled and poached’ menu featuring Shakshuka and more. With an impressive cocktail and mocktail menu, it is no wonder it is popular so leave yourself enough time to join the queue that is known to be long! View the menu here.

4. Blu Ivy Cafe

Decorated like a perfect Parisian boutique but found just off the Regent’s Canal, rather than the Seine, this picturesque spot is one for the aesthetic feed chasers, where pink comes as a side to every dish, free of charge. With chandeliers hanging from flower ceilings, the food won’t be the only instagram you take here. With the chance to customise your own pancakes or waffles, the sweet-toothed customers will be happy, but there are equally exciting options on the savoury side of the menu, with traditional Turkish eggs, Halal full English, crispy roti and more featuring there. This secret hotspot is walk in only however, so be prepared to get there early to snag a plush pink booth. View the menu here.

5. Barboun

Barboun is entirely unique and a must visit for the foodies. With flavours inspired from the Levant Region, you’ll feel yourself transported there as flavours of Levantine spiced sugar and tahini explode in your mouth. With free range eggs being the stars behind their egg dedicated menu, you’ll find yourself indecisive when faced with the many egg focused dishes like Shakshuka or Tempura poached eggs, but the Turkish Mess Sundae will throw a spanner in the works of that decision as the sweet side of the menu will capture your attention. We say why decide between the two when you can have both! View the menu here.

6. Esters

You might feel like you’ve found a hidden gem in the streets of New York City but with local produce grown in Cambridgeshire, Sussex and Kent, there is no doubt that Esters encompasses good British food. Find this gorgeous home grown produce featuring in their grilled asparagus with Sorento tomatoes, pumpkin seed, olive crumb and marjoram, or their Bircher Muesli adorned  with rhubarb compote, bay-whey oats, house yoghurt and pumpkin seed crunch. It doesn’t get much fresher than that. Saturday brunch is served from 9:00-2:30. View the menu here.

7.  Absurd Bird

Head for some good ol’ fashioned soul food from the South, Absurd Bird will quench any thirst with their bottomless brunch including their Absurd Benedict that features fried chicken and poached eggs on a waffle bed and covered in hollandaise sauce. They also cater to a vegan diet with their delicious vegan brunch waffles, including vegan fired chicken, waffles and a peanut butter dressing. If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, I don’t know what will. There are a selection of drinks and soft drinks to choose from for your bottomless brunch but be advised that a booking is required. Check out their amazing menu here.

8. Your own home!

Yes, you read that right! Why not avoid the queues and hassle of going out and sit back in your own home with some of your friends, whilst a Nomad cook prepares a brunch spread for you at restaurant prices? With no cleaning up or cooking, it is just like a restaurant in the comfort of your own home, with the added wow factor of a private chef. We bet all of your brunch desires would be satisfied, all that is left to do is send out the invite to your friends and dust off the silverware. Enquire with a Nomad Cook now to book your next brunch at home!

Pancakes cooked by Nomad Cook Sal Dhalla

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