By Debbie Rogers
It’s Friday, it’s brunch day, and we’re off to brunch on the first day of a new brunch simply called London Social. Brunch is at The Ritz-Carlton JBR. We’re greeted by an iconic red telephone box and a ‘Beef Eater’ and can sense that this is going to be a fun brunch.
Brunch is a celebration of the diverse food in today’s multi cultured London and is themed around London’s main Tube stations. Each food or drink station bears the name of a popular Tube station and the menu comes in the form of a ‘Menu Map’ bringing back many memories of London and trips on the underground.
Thankfully the food is way more interesting than my work commutes! and we dig in with gusto.
We start off at the market end of the brunch with a trip to The Markets where we feast on fresh seafood (aptly named the fish monger) and salads from the veg stall). Moving onwards to move to Brick Lane (aka Banglatown – in reference to Bengali population) for some tasty “British” curries, tandoori grills and chicken tikka. Piccadilly Circus – famous for China Town is where we head for some Peking duck, Char Sui pork, dimsum and ribs, before heading to Tottenham Court Road for a spot of roast dinner, classic fish and chips, cottage pie and the like.
Moving outside we feast on Jamaican Jerk Chicken at Brixton station before heading to Edware Road (aka Little Beirut) for some freshly cooked kebabs arabic grills.
Almost full, and well travelled, we finally make our way to Leicester City (representing Soho and Clerkenwell) for some amazing Italian fare – a plateful of antipasti, cold cuts, mozzarella cheese and beautiful Italian bread.
Desserts are a big hit – we head to Pudding Lane for the desserts of my childhood, spotted dick, jam roly poly, Banoffee pie, trifle etc before taking a PicNMix bag and selecting some fizzy bottles, sour snakes and what my mum would call ‘cheap chcolate’ etc at Ye Old Sweet Shop.
Drink wise : We head to Plymouth Bar for some G&T’s, The Craft Beer stand for some classic Cider (I’m a Bristol Girl after all) as well as indulge in some bubbles and cocktails which were served at our table.
Entertainment – theres a live duo performance of old and new British classics which fits the brunch well.