Brunch is quite possibly my most favourite meal of the day. I’m not much into breakfast so any excuse to sleep in, get dolled up and pop to somewhere a little fancy with a glass or two of prosecco is right up my street. I’ve put together a little list of five of the best and slightly quirky places to eat brunch in Soho, London.
When you think of London brunch you might not immediately think of going for a Korean meal, but Jinjuu Soho is a must-visit for bruch fans. Not far from London’s Carnaby Street, it makes it the perfect location to take a seat before a day shopping. I’d advise going for the Anju Sharing Board, packed with incredible treats like the Philly Cheesesteak Mandoo made from crispy fried dumplings stuffed with Bulgogi beef short ribs, cheddar, shiitake, and pickled jalapeño and Sae-Woo Pops made with crispy friend round prawn cakes served on sticks with a creamy gochujang mayo. It may not be your usual brunch but you won’t regret it.
JACKSON + RYE
If you want an authentic brunch experience then let Jackson + Rye transport you to a New York City diner with their American-style menu and interior. Their brunch selection offers a lot of variety; branching from your traditional breakfast staples to something a little heavier such as steaks and grills as well as dessert. The Huevos Rancheros made with sunny eggs, chorizo, avocado, spiced beans on a corn tortilla with a chipotle & tomato salsa and home-style potatoes is unreal and I’d happily return there weekend after weekend just to have that! The brunch cocktail menu isn’t to be sniffed at either!
DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE RESTAURANT
No top London brunch list would be complete without the rather well known Dean Street Townhouse. Being set within a sophisticated country house-style hotel, across a number of beautiful Georgian-style rooms it’s the Instagram dream! The atmosphere is always buzzing here, and the brunch menu is traditional with a strong British flair. We love the Bloody Mary selection, from the ‘Soho Bloody Mary’ to the ‘Heirloom Mary’. The Dean Street Townhouse makes us feel like an elegant French lady in a fur stole, ready to take on the week, come rain or shine.
Chotto Matte is a bit of a London establishment; everyone seems to know its name and the graffiti-adorned walls give it a huge presence on the bustling streets of Soho. The decor was so quirky; dark furniture complemented by more graffiti-strewn walls in bold blues and pinks. There were two bars and ample sitting for food. Chotto Matte is a Nikkei style restaurant; that’s Peruvian style dishes with a modern Japanese twist whilst bringing the energy of underground Tokyo and the Latin American spirit of lively Lima. A right mix of bold, fun cultures. Despite being a little pricey, I’d suggest the five-course tasting menu complete with drinks for £50.
The Karma Sanctum Soho is such a quirky location that felt like home when we walked through the door. To the receptionist offering the warmest welcome I’d received in a long time, to all of the music imagery around the walls; this place just had that feel. Whilst we were thoroughly enjoying our food, our Prosecco was kept well topped up and the service we received was impeccable. The quality of food is amazing and I’d highly recommend trying the Chai Pancakes that were stacked with Spinach, so much divine Chorizo, and a good drizzling of Red Pepper Sauce.