I was very kindly invited to review brunch at Cheeky Chico’s in return for a review. However, as always, all opinions are entirely my own.
I’m yet to find someone that doesn’t enjoy brunch. I mean, what isn’t there to like? Technically, you can eat double the food as you’re eating for breakfast and lunch, it’s acceptable to drink a cheeky alcoholic bevvy or two and it usually means it’s the weekend! And Cheeky Chico’s in Clapham certainly know how to kick off the weekend with their new brunch offering.
Based in Clapham, just a short walk from Clapham Junction station, Cheeky Chico’s is filled to the brim with colour, fun and crazy Mexican murals. They use a blend of locally sourced and more exotic ingredients to create a truly unique set of flavours which is truly reflected in their eclectic, yet totally tasty menu.
I think if you had put anything from the brunch menu in front of me, I would have happily have eaten any of it as it all sounded so good. In fact, I changed my mind more than once before putting my order in.
I finally ordered the Mexican Benedict teamed with sweet potato, spicy nduja & chipotle lime hollandaise which was my first time eating runny egg yolk. I 100% made the right decision on my order and trying runny eggs!
The little kick from the chipotle in the hollandaise sauce was just right; it didn’t blow my head off but was strong enough to give me the wake up I needed that Saturday morning. I really enjoyed that each mouthful had a slightly different texture and you didn’t know right until the last minute if you were going to get a scoop of nduja to really up the spice! I basically licked the bowl clean it was that good!
Mike went for something totally different by ordering the Cheeky Baked Eggs paired with spicy chorizo and smoky BBQ black bean, lime and coriander. The smoky beans layer the bottom of the dish with the chorizo, lime and coriander mixed in with the eggs cracked and baked on top with a little sprinkle of cheese. Mike thoroughly enjoyed his dish and has since recommended to his friend who lives close by!
We were both rather full, but you know you have a separate stomach for dessert, right?! So when the chef suggested we try his lime posset tartlet topped with raspberry ice cream, fresh raspberries and strawberries, and a little raspberry powder, we obviously said yes. We did ask for just the one with two spoons though!
This was exactly what we needed, the cool flavours mellowed out the spice from our main dishes and the fresh fruit was a welcome change as I rarely get fruity desserts!
We had a really lovely brunch whilst at Cheeky Chico’s; there was no rushing, great staff that showed a real interest in us being there and of course, some really great food that was so different to any other brunches we’ve had previously.
I’m planning a trip over to the sister store in Farringdon to see what’s that like ASAP!