Perfectly located for a lazy brunch, Eastway Brasserie is just seconds from Liverpool Street station in the heart of London’s financial district.
In stark contrast to the traditional working week, the city becomes tranquil and almost empty at the weekend. This means you can walk the streets and leisurely admire the surrounding buildings and architecture, setting the tone for a relaxing two-hour brunch.
Available between 10am – 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, the new brunch menu is designed to offer the ultimate sharing experience – beginning by splitting six starters. Stand-out dishes include a hearty avocado garden with quinoa, hummus and pomegranate, sweetcorn fritters with avocado, coriander, boiled egg and feta and nduja arancini (a delicious combination of spicy sausage, mozzarella, rocket and basil pesto).
The absolute highlight of the sharing starters, however, is the gin and tonic cured salmon with lemon, avocado and dill. The fresh, peach-coloured pieces of salmon are served diced and paired with a subtle creamy avocado, allowing the bonfire smokiness of the fish to take centre stage. Following the starters, guests then select a main course from the diverse menu which offers something for everyone.
If you want something from the breakfast end of the brunch spectrum then options include shakshouka eggs on granary toast with a spiced tomato and pepper sauce, smashed avocado and smoked salmon or a classic full english breakfast. For those who prefer their brunch more akin to a traditional lunch, you can choose from options such as a king prawn, crayfish & rocket linguine, a spring lamb shoulder ragout or the Eastway burger with bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles.
Something the menu does really well is cater to both those who want to eat healthily as well as those who are would prefer to indulge. In an attempt to experience both aspects of the menu, we began by ordering the roast stone bass and potato bravas. The delicate, light stone bass tasted delicious with the flavourful red pepper, red onion and basil infused potatoes. Following this, we sampled some of the most incredible chocolate pancakes: they were perfectly fluffy and helped soak up the accompanying vanilla cream, amaretto chocolate sauce and mixed berries.
For some, that would be more than enough food. But, during the entire stay you can help yourself to the bottomless breads, pastries and desserts from the enticing home-made counter, making the £28 price point a steal considering everything on offer. For an additional £18, guests can upgrade to bottomless drinks for the entire two-hour stay. Usually we’re sceptical when it comes to ‘bottomless’ offerings, as with these tend to come un-attentive waiters who are reluctant to top up glasses. However, at Eastway it’s quite the opposite. During the stay, we noticed the ever-present staff arriving at tables as soon as glasses were empty and offering them another cocktail of the week, mimosa, beer, prosecco, tea or coffee.
Brunch at the Eastway brasserie is ideal for a lazy weekend when all you want to do is spend two hours relaxing with great food and drink. The sharing aspect ensures guests sample the chefs entire repertoire of delicious dishes and the attentive staff keep the drinks topped up. All in all, it’s one of the best brunches currently available in London.
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Words by Jack David