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Brunch at The Providores

With over-worked Londoners looking for new places to unwind at weekends a restaurants brunch menu is becoming an increasingly important part of its repertoire. Last weekend following a heavy night and in search of the all-elusive edible hangover remover our attention was drawn to a que forming outside a restaurant on Marylebone High Street. The restaurant turned out to be The Providores and it appeared to have quite the following.
After a short wait we was led to the upper room of the two-floored restaurant. Both floors were lively with people enjoying brunch, reading the morning papers or enjoying a coffee.  The brunch menu is vast and offers traditional options such as toast, oats and fry-ups to more adventurous grilled sardines, sweetcorn and blueberry fritters and miso porridge with tamarillo compote.
After shunning some of the Providores health conscious cold-pressed juices and opting for a latte I ordered one of the fry-up options. All fry-ups come with two free-range eggs, buttered sour-dough or seeded granary toast and then an option of either:
  • grilled bacon with sauteed buttered field mushrooms and slow roasted tomatoes
  • the vegetarian with mushroom and tomato
  • roast stornoway black pudding with baked apple and slow-roasted tomatoes
As a big advocate of Black pudding I was pleased that the often maligned food was finally given its moment as the focal point of a breakfast dish and placed my order. The presentation of the dish was attractive, a feat which is not easily achieved with a sausage made out of blood. The flavour was perfect without being overbearing and I found that it was not over-salty as Black Pudding can sometimes be. A subtle hint of onion was present and it was wolfed down with the sour-dough toast, eggs and an additional side of the restaurants impressive BBQ beans.
Despite the feast I had just endured I was delighted when I saw that The Providores offer CrossTown Doughnuts as part of their Brunch menu. The gourmet handmade doughnuts have become a thing of legend at Spitafields and various other markets around the capital so I felt obliged to order one to enjoy with the remainder of my coffee!
Brunch at the Providores was as good as the que outside suggested it would be. A diverse menu catering to the health conscious and the hung over means that there is something for everybody. The food was great and a combination of attentive staff and a relaxed atmosphere made this the perfect spot for a Saturday Morning bite to eat.
The Providores and Tapa Room
109 Marylebone High Street,
London, W1U 4RX, UK
tel +44 (0) 20 7935 6175

Words by Jack David

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